DIY Wrist/Trackpad Protector for 80 Pesos!

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    dvsadvocate Active Member

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    Who needs those expensive Marware protection packs when you can spend a s little as 80 bucks for a roll of window frosting stickers at your local mall hardware store? Yup, thats right! At first, I was just going to use it as a trackpad protector, but I had an entire roll to play with so I covered the entire wrist area of my Macbook Pro and with the help of a pseudo X-Acto knife (cutter in local speak), I was able to cover the entire wrist area, and save my precious Mac from the sweaty palm of my hands! Here's the final product:

    Check out the pics in my Multiply site
     
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    By the way, with a roll of the frost sticker, you can cover a lot of other Macs too! I used it also for my Mac Mini's top cover to save it from scratches. Another use for the thing is to cover books also!
     
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    P80 of windows frosting stickers? whats the brand name?
     
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    but doesn't these windows cover too sticky for the job? pls comment, thanks
     
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    You can actually try to look for those cling type. I bought a couple from Natiional Bookstore before. I've used them for my PDA screen, Laptop Screen and virtually anywhere that needs protection for scratches and wear. These are easily peeled off and sometimes even reuseable. The brand is Avery and it was designed to be printed with inkjet printers. So you can also print your own designs on them and cut them to the size you need but since the printing is done on the non adhesive side of the sheet, your inkjet design would wear off easily due to perspiration and wear.
     
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    Just in time! I've been needing to replace my worn-out Power Support Wristrug. Anyways, do you have the template for the wrist area? Thanks! :)
     
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    @Treb22
    Oops, I forgot to look at the brand name when I took off the plastic packaging, but Im sure this is easy to find in Handyman (where I asked my mom to buy) or Ace Hardware.

    @DON2003
    The adhesive is miraculously not to sticky but sticky enough to adhere well to any flat surface.

    @teejay
    I never used a template. I just cut a large portion of the sticker and stuck it on the surface of my MBP. After that, I used the cutter to trim the excess with the gaps on the aluminum as my guide. Be careful not to scratch your precious lappie though!
     
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    Where did you buy the frosting stickers? The ones from DIY Shop greenhills are pretty expensive.
     
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    @Kenneth
    Got it from Handyman in Robinsons Metro East.
     
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    the have in National. DURASEAL :)
     
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    Another use for this sticker is to make your mousing surface better. I applied a large portion to the table where I usually put my mouse. It give good feedback to my mouse, and lets it glide effortlessly!
     
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    Now I applied it to my Apple Keyboard too!
     
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    hey dvsadvocate,
    can u post more pics for the keyboard app?
     
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    Id rather not post pics of the keyboard since I did a bad job doing it! Hehe! I just covered the underside to protect the clear material of the keyboard.
     
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    Another option you could try is using a frisket/masking film. You can buy it in national bookstore or any art supply shop. The brand is BADGER. I used to use this in my palm pilot and now for my mac portables (iBook, MacBook pro)
    it probably looks the same as the window decal earlier suggested. The badger frisket film has a very light adhesive since it is primarily used for airbrush paintings/applications
     
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    Dura Seal is very sticky, it leaves gum like sticker.
     
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    Frisket is not as good as the window frosting. IMHO. Its more expensive compared to the window frosting since they are sold in sheets. The window frosting is sold in rolls so you get a lot for less.
     
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    --yeah youre right, it is more expensive. forgot to point that out ;)
     
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    I got Ace brand from TrueValue in Shang Edsa, P80, 45cm wide x 3meters long! Look for product # 9103. Works great.
     
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    be careful with using those vinyls for glass. i bought one at truevalue and it left some adhesive on my macbook. i just left it on for a week to see what happens.

    also my experience with the frisket paper, got from jolis, is that i leave a ton of adhesive. it is more expensive than the former but it leaves much more gunk.

    for removing the adhesive i used gum eraser, your patience would be tested, and you will hate yourself for trying those things.

    for those who had a more favorable experience and those who didnt please let us know the brand or where you got the materials to help our fellow muggers
     

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