custom paint your mac yourself

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lord Farken, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Lord Farken macrumors member

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    with videos from youtube I was able to disassemble everything and leave only the motherboard ,take it to a custom paint shop and i three days done for $145
    colorware do it over the mail and take a month and charge $450 for the same
    plus i get to mod the apple jewel too

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  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Hey, I have that wallpaper!


    Nice job. What did you do the Apple logo exactly? It's hard to tell from the pics.
     
  3. jmann macrumors 604

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    Why is it running Windows? *yuck* ;) I like the sparkle, how did you do it?
     
  4. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    apart from Vista, it's pretty sweet mod. Wow!

    It probably won't work on the unibody mbp because the paint would just fill in the tiny speaker holes.
     
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  7. Lord Farken thread starter macrumors member

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    well the jewel is not transparent so i put wax until it get transparent and print a pic of that wallpaper of the same size ,stick it from the back and put a blue plastic firm in back of the of pic so it light blue too
     
  8. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    Oh I would *love* to do this!

    I'd pay an Apple tech to disassemble and get my Dads company (car garage) to do a spray job.

    I wonder if it would work with Unibody MBP's,

    Anyone heard of any stories outside of Colorware? (I'm in the UK)
     
  9. Lord Farken thread starter macrumors member

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    vista

    ey I am sorry about the vista, I do use leopard too is better than vista
    but I am a gamer so until all games run on mac i got to have partition with windows
     
  10. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to bet the trackpad won't work after that (colorware don't even paint the trackpad). Don't forget the keyboard is also screwed to the top case by over 80 screws and the screen can't be disassembled without harms. Take all this into account and if you're still sure you want to do this, go ahead.
     
  11. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    In this case, I can see why Colorware charge the big bucks for the Unibody painting.

    I wouldn't do the trackpad.

    Plus, I'm guessing the OP would have tested the trackpad before posting photo's etc.
     
  12. Lord Farken thread starter macrumors member

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    Unibody MBP's

    yes it can be done is going to be more easy because there is less parts to remove
    the small holes in the speakers yes they will get seal with paint but they can be reopen from the back with a tiny file
    the new 17'' i going to be my next project
     
  13. Benguitar Guest

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    I agree 100%

    The "sleek-ness" of that machine is now gone.

    It looks like a PC. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    Let me know how you get on with that, I'm really interested in this, even if its just for the top outer casing.
     
  15. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Pretty sweet mod, now only if you could somehow dye the keys blue!
     
  16. Lord Farken thread starter macrumors member

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    PeterQC yes it work

    I verify that before i do it, the keyboard don't have 80 screws more like 10 under it not that hard to remove
    if anybody doubt that the track pad work I post a video in youtube to prove it
    the invisible shied do the same thing and still work i can put a piece of plastic on top and still work
     
  17. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    Oh lord no!

    I'd have left the trackpad untouched for sure, as well as the keys.

    I'd have probably just done the external sides, and left the insides, or done them a complimentary colour.

    But each to his/her own ;)
     
  18. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

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    Wow. That's awesome. I wouldn't do it to my own MBP, but it does look completely amazing. Nice job.
     
  19. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    That looks superb.
    I really really like the new apple logo.
    imho though it would have looked better done on a unibody - the black keys would have complemented the new colour. and the grey optical drive wouldnt have been so obvious :p

    great job tho!
     
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    cool
    what kind of paint is that?
    looks like car paint

    can i buy that paint to paint my cell phone and stuff haha
     
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    I like the original slick color better, but it's really nice to paint my MBP by myself. Can I ask why you didn't paint the power adapter/code? Is it more difficult, or do you like it that way?
     
  24. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Hmm. I like it but I don't like the paint. Way too much metallic, in my opinion.
     
  25. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    that is a pretty ugly computer.

    but congrats on doing it. whatever makes you happy (this is a matter of opinion dont take it personally)

    anyways...

    the unibody would be very easy to paint. but i love mine and if i wanted a new color... say hello to an incase.


    congrats again on pulling it apart and putting it back together.
     

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