oddly enough I just had my "uppercase" replaced.. not because of the chipping issue...but water damage to the keyboard (on a cleaning the white keyboard mission) .. the repair tech at the Apple shop told me that chipping and discoloration on the early macbooks was pretty standard.. I too was out of warranty.. but in a more critical state... had to replace the keyboard and top case... the total damage was about $240 ...good luck...but I highly recommend not cleaning it!
Hi, I have a white 2006 first generation MacBook (model no. , which I would like to sell on Craigslist now that I've purchased a new 13" MacBook Pro. However, no sooner am I ready to part with my trusty companion than its polycarbonate shell starts to chip in several places on the edges of the palm rests. The little chipped edges look unattractive and feel sharp and painful if I rest my wrist or palm heal on the edge of the laptop (as I often do, particularly when using it in non-ergonomic environments, such as wi-fi cafe tables). All of this will be very noticeable for prospective buyers, who may just decide to pass on it and keep looking.
Does anyone know how to replace the plastic palm rest/keyboard enclosure once the warranty has expired? I did not buy Apple Care with the MacBook, and its warranty ran out two years ago. I taped the chipped plastic on one palm rest, but the tape is also uncomfortable to the wrist and just makes it look more noticeable.
If I were willing to give this computer away for little or no money, this mostly cosmetic problem would not be a big deal, but because I am hoping to sell it for $875 (I upgraded the SDRAM from 1 to 2 GB at great expense a couple years ago and recently replaced the battery), I would like the exterior to be in as excellent condition as the interior.