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Powerbook Palm Rest

19 Aug 04 by DL Byron

The palm rest of some Aluminum Powerbook can corrode and become pitted with black specs or dots. This is caused by the sweat from your hands oxidizing the anodized surface. Several Apple Discussion forums debate the problem at length. Early on, I had decided to just deal with it by occasionally wiping the palm rest surface with water and a clean cloth. During our recent vacation, I forgot to wipe the surface down and returned to a palm rest covered with white streaks (and pits) that I couldn’t remove. After a long search, I found a polish called Flitz that safely cleaned and polished the surface and now appears to “repel” some of the sweat. It doesn’t repair of fill the pits, but it’s does make them less obvious.

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