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    Trackpad issue - skin oil? normal wear and tear?
    Hello all,

    I am a new Mac user. Got a MBP 13" in July and love the machine. It's working fine except the trackpad feels a little different. It feels SLIGHTLY more slippery than a new machine. Sometimes when I am using the three finger scroll to go up on a page, it does not register. Is this a skin oil issue? I am a student and spend insane hours (often sweating) on the device.

    I have purchased a protector for the trackpad and palm rest but I am concerned that by putting on the protector now, it will merely cover up the problem. Should I ask Apple to replace my trackpad before it gets worse, THEN cover it up with a protector so this doesn't happen again? Or is there a cleaner that will scrub all of the oil off? I currently use a little dab of water.

    Thanks.

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    I wouldn't worry about it. Trackpad is made of glass, and if you have or have ever seen an iPhone which also has a glass touch surface you'd know that skin oil just happens. I use optical cleaner cloths dampened with optical cleaning solution (expensive Windex) to clean my iPhone, and don't worry about the trackpad.

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    I would take a damp cloth and wipe off the trackpad. Then replace the trackpad cover and things should be a little better. Since you are saying you sweat a lot while using the macbook pro, I am going to assume the problems are being caused by skin oil.
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    Wipe off your trackpad with the microfiber material that they provide you with.

    It should become nice and clean again. =)

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    who is "they"? apple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac_Badger View Post
    who is "they"? apple?
    No, it's Orange.

    In the Box that your MBP came in, there should be a little cloth folded up with an Apple logo on it.

    Wipe off your trackpad with that.

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    Thanks, I'll check.

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