Coloring MBP

scissorband

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Has anyone ever done this before or is it a bad idea? I don't like the metallic silver/aluminum color and would like to color it a glossy black color instead. Would that mean I have to just buy a new custom casing if the material has to be plastic in order to be glossy (like you can see your reflection on the case)? Or is there some sort of special spray paint that can do the job?
 

Ride9650

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Wow $500+...I'd rather do it myself
But that'd be like spilling water and voiding your Apple Warrenty. At least, colorware will cover the job for a year.

But my opinion is that you should just try to forget coloring it. Its just not worth it.
 

scissorband

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Yea, I think I'm just gonna wuss out here and save money for a new notebook since color is the only reason I don't like the MBP
 

shambo

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I really just don't get it, people colouring in, etching, and putting stickers on their badboys. Are they like 12 or something? I mean seriously folks. :confused:
 

m85476585

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Have you considereed a hard case, such as the ones made by Speck or Incase? Incase makes a black one, but the finish is matte.
http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/hardshell-case-cl57186

Speck makes glossy and matte ones, but only not in black
http://www.speckproducts.com/products/seethru/macbook-pro-15-aluminum-black-keys/160

You could try to get a clear Speck case and color the inside black with vinyl dye. That will preserve the glossy finish on the outside, and vinyl dye won't flake off plastic like spraypaint will. I've never tried vinyl dye, and I don't know if it would work on the kind of plastic used for MBP cases. You could try it and worst-case you are out $50 plus the cost of dye.
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/modding/46
 

redwarrior

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I don't get it either. Now, I like spray painting t-shirts with apples and putting apple stickers on other things. But, my computer already has an apple on it, and that makes me happy.
 

thegoldenmackid

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Why? Most people name their hardware something. Why else would Apple allow it if not to distinguish between computers?
Coloring also would distinguish. Why would Apple offer (at various points): the iPod, iPhone and MacBook in various colors.

Also, if that answer doesn't satisfy it. Please accept my revision:
I really don't get people trademarking the name of their MacBook Pros are they like 11 or something?
 

redwarrior

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Fan girl :rolleyes:

Woof, Woof - Dawg
Never been called that before. Guess there's a first time for everything. I won't comment further. ;)

Edit: And I understand buying a product in a color that is offered, but I don't understand pulling the thing apart yourself and voiding the warranty just to make it a color. Don't you buy it for what you can do with it? I guess maybe it's a status thing too though.
 

shambo

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Coloring also would distinguish. Why would Apple offer (at various points): the iPod, iPhone and MacBook in various colors.

Also, if that answer doesn't satisfy it. Please accept my revision:
I really don't get people trademarking the name of their MacBook Pros are they like 11 or something?
As you well know colouring doesn't distinguish a machine on a network especially not a wireless one throughout a home where hardware can be scattered. So tell us all, is it my right to name my machine that you object to, or my right to choosing a name?
 

miles01110

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As you well know colouring doesn't distinguish a machine on a network especially not a wireless one throughout a home where hardware can be scattered. So tell us all, is it my right to name my machine that you object to, or my right to choosing a name?
I think they're merely poking fun at the irony of you on one hand mocking someone for wanting to customize the appearance of their machine while on the other you give your own a name that suggests self-absorption and a comical sense of machismo.
 

All Taken

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I think they're merely poking fun at the irony of you on one hand mocking someone for wanting to customize the appearance of their machine while on the other you give your own a name that suggests self-absorption and a comical sense of machismo.
+1
 

thegoldenmackid

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As you well know colouring doesn't distinguish a machine on a network especially not a wireless one throughout a home where hardware can be scattered. So tell us all, is it my right to name my machine that you object to, or my right to choosing a name?
Just as you should be free to name your computer. The OP should be free to color it, put stickers on it, put a case on it, etc. Just as you call the OP's desires 12 year-oldish; I'm going to call your naming 11 year-oldish.

Do you see where I am going?. miles01110 seems to have understood my point. If you ask me which is more childish, I think it's your particular name, even if we are comparing it to a puke green MacBook Pro.

Also, when the OP (or anyone else) starts running around the forums saying that the "future-proofed the investment" I might comment more on the illogicalness of the entire process - but that's another debate that we have already had.
 

scissorband

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Have you considereed a hard case, such as the ones made by Speck or Incase? Incase makes a black one, but the finish is matte.
http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/hardshell-case-cl57186

Speck makes glossy and matte ones, but only not in black
http://www.speckproducts.com/products/seethru/macbook-pro-15-aluminum-black-keys/160

You could try to get a clear Speck case and color the inside black with vinyl dye. That will preserve the glossy finish on the outside, and vinyl dye won't flake off plastic like spraypaint will. I've never tried vinyl dye, and I don't know if it would work on the kind of plastic used for MBP cases. You could try it and worst-case you are out $50 plus the cost of dye.
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/modding/46
I don't want to make it any thicker anyway so I'll just leave it as is. It's not really a big deal I guess but just a personal preference. When I purchased it they didn't offer any other color besides this one but I wish they did since black is a very popular color amongst products like these that people buy. Also I'm sorry if I said something I wasn't supposed to. Didn't mean to start any arguments

Never been called that before. Guess there's a first time for everything. I won't comment further. ;)

Edit: And I understand buying a product in a color that is offered, but I don't understand pulling the thing apart yourself and voiding the warranty just to make it a color. Don't you buy it for what you can do with it? I guess maybe it's a status thing too though.
I bought one because I wanted to know what the hardware setup was like. After I play with it for a while I'm going to take it apart anyway.
 

MacDawg

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Also I'm sorry if I said something I wasn't supposed to. Didn't mean to start any arguments
Nah, you didn't say anything wrong at all
Besides, people around here argue about everything anyway
They don't need a reason

I would probably buy a black one if they offered it too
But I sure wouldn't buy a can of spray paint to change mine ;)

Woof, Woof - Dawg