No, MacBook skins don’t damage your laptop. MacBook skins are made from ultra-soft vinyl material that is delicate on the surface of your laptop to prevent any damage being caused when they are applied. MacBook skins can be easily removed by lifting a corner and peeling back the vinyl and will leave zero residue on the surface of your device when removed. Laptop skins use a neutral adhesive that has been proven safe for application to your MacBook through rigorous testing and decades of supplier experience. Laptop skins are extremely thin and are excellent heat conductors, which means they do not trap heat or cause overheating.

It’s clear that MacBook skins and wraps do not damage your laptop and are completely safe for application. In fact, MacBook skins actually provide a slimline layer of protection for your laptop against scratches, scuffs and dirt. Still, this remains our most frequently asked question so it’s only right that we discuss the topic in a bit more detail. There are five important concerns that people raise in relation to MacBook skin damage and we’re going to address them each directly in this blog post. The five areas of concern are:

  • Does the adhesive damage your MacBook?

  • Do MacBook skins cause overheating?

  • Are MacBook skins safely removable?

  • Do MacBook skins cause damage when removed?

  • Do MacBook skins leave residue?

Removing Orange MacBook Skin from MacBook Pro
Disclaimer: the following analysis is only representative of VybeSkins products.

Does the vinyl adhesive damage your MacBook?

No, the vinyl adhesive does not damage your MacBook. MacBook skins use neutral adhesive for application to your laptop, which means it is non-reactive with other substances and will cause zero damage to the surface of your device. Our vinyl suppliers are industry experts that have decades of combined experience developing vinyl that is safe for application on high-value items such as cars and tech. This vast experience has demonstrated that the vinyl adhesive does not chemically react with surfaces and is therefore completely harmless to your MacBook. To confirm this thinking, we have rigorously tested our MacBook skins on a wide range of laptops and the findings aligned perfectly to that of our suppliers. 2021 MacBook Pro skins can be applied, remain attached for prolonged periods, and eventually be removed without causing any damage to your laptop. We also tested the MacBook skins in different environmental temperatures to observe the effects this had and we can confirm that it made no difference - the MacBook skins still caused zero damage. So, considering the decades of supplier expertise and our rigorous testing process, we can confidently say that the adhesive used for MacBook skins is entirely safe and will not damage your laptop. Take a look for yourself - we just removed a skin from the MacBook below.

MacBook Pro with Zero Damage and No Residue

Do MacBook skins cause overheating?

No, MacBook skins do not cause overheating. MacBook skins and wraps are made from ultra-thin lightweight vinyl which makes them excellent heat conductors. As a result, heat can transfer through MacBook skins very easily, meaning they do not raise the temperature of your laptop when applied. Overheating is caused by a high amount of heat being generated and trapped within your device so it cannot escape. Given that MacBook skins are just ~0.2mm thin and have been specifically designed to allow heat transfer through them, we can confidently say that MacBook skins don’t cause overheating. So, if you’re looking for something to keep your laptop warm in the winter, a laptop skin is not the answer (you might be better off buying a Christmas jumper). Luckily for us, your MacBook doesn’t have feelings and won’t complain about the cold winter chill, so forget about all these temperature worries and start shopping for some MacBook skins and wraps before you spend all your money on something useless.

Are MacBook skins removable?

Yes, MacBook skins are removable. To remove your MacBook skin, simply peel back a corner from the edge of your laptop and then gradually remove the remainder of the skin. MacBook skins are easy to remove and have been specifically designed to come off your device without any issues. Pulling the vinyl gradually will mean your MacBook skin comes off as a single piece, just like when you applied it originally. It’s important to note that once a MacBook skin has been removed from your laptop after a prolonged period of attachment, it cannot be reapplied. Think of MacBook Pro (2020, M1) skins in a similar way you would a high-quality screen protector for your phone: it can be easily removed whenever you like, it cannot be reapplied once removed, and it causes zero harm to your device in the process.

Black Camo MacBook Pro Skin Being Removed

Do MacBook skins damage your MacBook when removed?

No, MacBook skins do not damage your MacBook when removed. Premium quality vinyl has been specifically designed for safe removal from the target surface. There are two important points to be made here. Firstly, MacBook skins are super-soft, which means they are just as delicate during the removal process as when being applied. This prevents the MacBook skin from causing any damage when removed. Secondly, 16" MacBook Pro skins are made from extremely durable vinyl material, which means the skin should remove from your laptop as a single piece. This eliminates the need for you to scrape away small pieces of vinyl left on the surface of your MacBook and therefore reduces the risk of scratching.

Do MacBook skins leave residue?

No, MacBook skins do not leave residue on your laptop. The adhesive used for the MacBook skins is deeply engrained within the vinyl during its manufacturing process, which means the adhesive remains firmly attached to the vinyl when removed. Simply put, the adhesive used for 13" MacBook Air skins is more strongly bonded to the vinyl layer than it ever will be to your MacBook, so when the skin is eventually removed, the adhesive is too. The adhesive is purpose-built to stick securely on a target surface for prolonged periods of time (many years in fact), but you can expect an easy removal process with no lasting residue remains. In some cases, there may be small pieces of adhesive left on the surface of your MacBook. If you rub your finger lightly across these pieces, they will come off with ease, leaving your MacBook surface the same as it was before application.

We’re not in the business of reading minds here at VybeSkins, but I suspect you’re asking this question because you’re worried about your laptop being covered in residue that is a nightmare to get rid of. Rest assured, you have nothing to worry about and your MacBook will be back to normal quicker than you can say “premium quality neutral adhesive”. Sorry, I had to get that point in one more time before the end of this post!

Should you put a skin on your MacBook?

Yes, you should definitely put a skin on your MacBook. MacBook skins and wraps transform the design of your laptop and provide a layer of protection against scratches, scuffs, and dirt, without the additional bulk of a case. Unless it fell off the back of a lorry, likelihood is you spent a small fortune on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, so the last thing you want is it succumbing to the dreaded threat of ‘wear and tear’. Protect it in style with a stunning 13” MacBook Pro skin or MacBook Air (2020, M1) skin. With more than 25+ designs to choose from, the more appropriate question to ask here is: which design should I go for? For that question, we have no idea - buy them all and see what you think.

All the best,

Liam & Reece
Founders at VybeSkins

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