Have you ever noticed a strange stain on your MacBook or MacBook Pro screen that just won't go away? Did you try wiping it off just to make it bigger? You may have a state gate.

In 2015, Apple announced a repair program for several MacBook models that were experiencing issues with the anti-reflective coating. Users who have found they are affected by these issues can have Apple replace their anti-reflective coating for free.

What is Staingate?

Spotting, or delamination, is when the anti-reflective coating on screens wears off and creates a stain-like appearance. It is a known problem with MacBook models and typically occurs after several months of regular use. A common Staingate annoyance is the pressure the buttons and trackpad put on the screen when a MacBook is closed. In addition, repeated use of cleaning agents and microfiber cloths can lead to static gates.

Once the reflective surface peel off, it's only a matter of time before it affects the rest of your screen. Not only does this look worrying, it can also affect your webcam and color clarity. For professionals who need a perfect screen, it pays to fix any state gate problems that arise.

Is my MacBook eligible for a free screen repair?

If you're not sure if your Mac has reflective coating issues, you can contact Apple for a proper diagnosis. Apple can also tell you whether or not your device is in their recall program.

At this point in time, here are the eligible models for free display replacement at Apple:

  • MacBook Pro (13 ", Early 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (15 ", Early 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (13 ", Late 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (15 ", Late 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (13 ", Mid 2014)

  • MacBook Pro (15 ", Mid 2014)

  • MacBook Pro (13 ", early 2015)

  • MacBook Pro (15 ", Mid 2015)

  • MacBook Pro (13 ", 2016)

  • MacBook Pro (15 ", 2016)

  • MacBook Pro (13 inch, 2017)

  • MacBook Pro (15 ", 2017)

  • MacBook (12 ", early 2015)

  • MacBook (12 ", early 2016)

  • MacBook (12 ", Early 2017)

In addition, your MacBook must be within four years of your purchase date to be eligible for a free repair. It must also have no tampering history from an unauthorized service provider.

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Out-of-pocket repairs for the anti-reflective coating can cost anywhere from $ 500 to $ 800, depending on your MacBook model. While unauthorized repair centers can do this at a lower cost, Apple insists on replacing the entire screen to avoid potential problems.

How to schedule a state gate repair with Apple

To plan a repair on the Genius Bar, go to Apple Support. To choose Mac> Hardware Problems> Bring in for Repair. Then sign in to your Apple account.

Apple Support Serial Number screen

On the next screen, you can select your registered MacBook or enter the serial number manually. Then, set your location so Apple can recommend the nearest Apple Authorized Repair Centers. There you can select your preferred repair date and time.

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For Apple users in the US, you can also tell Siri, “I need Apple Support”. Then Siri will help you with anything you need to secure a booking. You can also call Apple on the hotline.

MacBook users who have previously paid for a reflective coating replacement at an Apple Authorized Repair Center may also be eligible for a refund. However, this will be decided on a case-by-case basis and you will need to consult with a Genius Bar Association representative if you qualify to do so.

After you've checked your MacBook's warranty, you have two options: use AppleCare to reduce upfront costs, or pay out of pocket. If you're not ready to spend cash on a device that is at the end of its life anyway, there are ways to solve the staingate problem at home.

How To Fix Staingate At Home

Aside from the aesthetic issue, most delaminations on MacBook screens don't really cause problems for everyday use. If Staingate isn't bothering you too much, weigh the risks before committing to a DIY screen repair.

But if you can't take the stains anymore, here are some potential Solutions suggested online.

1. Baking soda

Baking soda

On the Mohs hardness scale of materials, glass has a hardness level between 5.5 and 7. On the other hand, baking powder or sodium bicarbonate is 2.5. As a result, baking soda should be impossible to scratch the display, even though it's abrasive enough to remove the rest of the coating on your MacBook screen.

For this method, mix baking soda with water until it becomes a paste. Then apply the solution to your screen with a light touch in a circular motion. Then wipe off the solution with a cloth dampened with water. Lastly, use a toothpick or dry toothbrush to remove any remaining baking soda from the sides of the strainer.

When trying it out, make sure that no liquid gets into your MacBook.

2. Wet wipes

Wet wipes

As an alternative to baking soda, you can also use all-purpose wet wipes. However, the effectiveness of wet wipes depends on the brand and composition. Use wet wipes in circular motions on your screen. Then wipe off any remaining wet areas with a microfiber cloth.

While there are other recommendations online, be careful which one you follow as brands may not have the same wording in all countries. In addition, anything not explicitly designed to clean your screen is not safe.

Tips for removing staingate at home

When it comes to removing Staingate, you don't have to remove it all at once. You can temporarily remove parts of the screen smudges to reduce the possibility of damage.

Avoid using detergents that will etch your screens, such as: B. mouthwash or toothpaste. If you are going to use these, use only a small amount as they can affect the quality of your screen. If you want to be careful, test a small area of ​​your screen before using the full-screen product.

Whether it's water or a screen cleaner, never pour liquids into your screen. All you need is a damp cloth. Be very careful to prevent liquids from getting on the sides of your screen and wipe off anything that gets too close.

Protect your screen after Staingate

MacBook Pro slightly closed

Unfortunately, Staingate has repeated itself within a few years, even with Apple-certified repairs. However, you can make some changes to avoid recurrence.

For example, avoid touching the screen unless necessary. You can use your laptop hinge to open your MacBook. You should also leave your device slightly open when not in use to avoid pressure on the lid. In addition, you shouldn't overclean your screen. Avoid strong screen display cleaners and use a light touch whenever possible.

Now that you've successfully removed your reflective coating, it's best to invest in a screen protector that will take its place. Not only does this protect your eyes from glare, but it should also protect the screen itself from further damage.

If your MacBook has a number of other issues besides the screen, it may be time to upgrade.


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Quina Baterna
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Quina spends most of her day drinking on the beach while writing about how technology affects politics, security, and entertainment.

She is primarily based in Southeast Asia and has a degree in information design.

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