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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2009 07:58:46 AM »

Like Persephone I believe my machine needs some bling.

Persephone, thank you so much for posting that picture of yourself. I almost totally forgot I needed to remove my craftster mangled nail polish before an actual job interview this afternoon.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2009 01:29:25 PM »

Wait!!!!   Stop!!!!!!!


Someone posted on this thread they just got a NEW laptop they were going to do this to....

While I think this is AWESOME and might just steal this idea to paint up my little HP, never, NEVER do this to a new laptop until the WARRANTY PERIOD has EXPIRED!  Otherwise should something go wrong with your CPU you are up shit creek as this would most certainly void your warranty.




I was also just thinking vehicle paint might work nicely here...though, might be a tad expensive.
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2009 01:39:24 PM »

I've wanted to paint my laptop for some time now but was told that I could be in danger of the paint coroding the plastic or even going through it depending on what it's made of.

Your laptop looks awesome!
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2009 04:53:56 PM »

I would love to do this to my laptop! (it is two years old and much past warranty, plus the bf is a computer whiz so I feel safe!). Pink is my favorite color! I was considering buying a new laptop just to have one that's pink, but why spend the money when this one is perfectly good?

Some questions: Could you share what make your laptop is? Mine is a Dell. Also, did you paint the inside where your wrists rest while you type? Since the original color of mine is black, it might look weird if I did it pink on the outside but when it opens it's all black still.

raeraethejetplane - You can buy paint that is specially made for plastic. There are many brands out there. I would assume your laptop is made of polypropylene, but you could probably look online or call the manufacturer to find out.

Kristen81 - Vehicle paint is designed specifically to adhere to steel, and I think it would be extremely cost prohibitive. Automotive refinish coatings are formulated to work as a system including primers, basecoats, undercoats, sealers and catalysts before you get to the final color and clearcoat. (I work for a company that manufactures automotive OEM and refinish coatings). You might want to try something made for plastic.
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2009 07:06:48 PM »

oneeyedsally - i have an Acer, its about a year old.  No I did not paint the inside, it is silver already, so it looks ok as is.  I think pink and black look good together though, so it should be fine.  I totally hear what you are saying about auto paint, but I have used those touch-up sprays on plastic and they work fine.  I know they're probably not the same as real auto paint, but they produced a really smooth  metallic finish.   Well assuming you use a metallic paint.  For this I used a paint made by Valspar.  The can says: "Premium Enamel" "Gloss."  "Interior/Exterior."  "Ideal for wood, metal, more..."  On the back it says:  "This premium spray gives stylish color and a flawless finish.  Use on objects throughout your home.  Suitable for wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, paper mache, etc."  I found it at Lowes for about $3 a can.  They had an awesome color selection at my store (I used "Tulip Pink"), It was soooo hard to decide, and I'm a die-hard Pinkie!  I will also tell you, this is hands down, the BEST spray paint I have EVER used, and maybe only a grafitti artist uses more spray paint than I have.  Seriously though, pay the $3 for this.  It was so shiny it honestly didn't need the clear coat other than for protection, and maybe it didn't need that.  I just did it because I have not tested its durability yet, and I put a cheap-o glitter spray over the pink.  It needed it to make it smoooooth!  HHAHAAA!  I have painted many, many plastic things, and have always used regular spray paint or craft acrylics.  They key is sanding the shine off of the surface you're painting, and putting down a coat of KILZ primer first.  Either the oil-based or water-based will usually work, but I find the oil-based works better in applications that will be getting wet a lot.
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2009 07:18:34 PM »

That's what I was thinking...the automotive spray touch up....followed by the clear coat.

I have a Mazda3 in "Winning Blue", thought that'd make a great colour on the laptop.

http://www.msprotege.com/members/rjison/Lowered%20Mz3.JPG
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2009 10:20:13 PM »

Kristen81 - That is really pretty color.  I would say go for it, just don't forget the KILZ first.
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2009 11:26:18 AM »

being the pink glitter loving person that I am...I've got serious laptop envy going on! You did a super job!

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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2009 06:41:47 PM »

that is so cool! thanks for the tips, I don't have a laptop, but now i *know* spray painting plastic can be done, durable and look great!    Grin
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2009 05:14:54 PM »

That is so awesome!  I'd totally do it to my computer, but my dad would KILL me. Haha.
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