has anyone ever painted their MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bereda, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. bereda macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    ive painted many things in the past including cars but im thinking of painting my mbp once i take it apart im thinking of using a matte finish its actually ultra flat and once i get the back apart im taking the logo out and using a candy (clear color) to spray the logo gold and use a gold piece of filter behind that but the look im going for is black and gold logo, ox blood red and gold or black logo, forest green with a dark grey logo, dark gray with gold or forest green logo, or blue with gold or white logo... help me out guys
  2. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008

    Make sure it's within the 14-day return period or you won't be able to return it to the Apple Store if the paint job isn't all you hoped for.
  3. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Go to www.colorwarepc.com. I would use them for the whole job, but if you are that comfortable taking it apart and painting it yourself, then at least use their site to experiment with different color options to see what you would like the looks of. Then be prepared to void the warranty, hurt (or help) the resale value, and be taking a big risk that it comes out ok.

    And don't paint the track-pad.
  4. bereda thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    my warentes been gone for a while lol im sure i can handle the painting theres only 2 things im uncertain about 1 is the vent holes 2 is if i should use a primer ( but i dont think i will since the paint im using dries like a powder plus the aluminum allready has a sort of eched surface
  5. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    please post a pic once you've done it!! i think it sounds cool. i am planning to paint my car, but that is different
  6. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    You would be better off anodizing the alum. I'm surprised apple doesn't offer it already.

    Its technically something you could do at home but there are companies where you can send the aluminum to and they can do it in a wide variety of colors. It wont peel like paint its electrically bonded to the metal.
  7. hacksaw-C87 macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    Birmingham England
    You are a far braver man than I. Good luck to you sir. I look forward to seeing the results.

    If I could (afford to) I'd make my UMB all white. Love the all-white look, hate the plastic feel of the old MB. If only there was a cheap alternative :( Nevermind, I'm more than happy.
  8. isaki87 macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2008
    Santa Monica, CA
    What kind of MBP is it?

    If you do paint your MBP, I'd love to see some pics of it.
  9. bereda thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    ill be painting asap i dented my baby :( i need some help on color choices give me some ideas!!! would the english flag be corny ? oh can some one point me to a dissembally tutorial
  10. grodgers macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2009
    I wonder if they recommend Turtle Wax?
  11. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    english flag would only look good if you are british and you live outside of england, otherwise it would look well....

    The electrolytic "metal bathing" proposed sounds a interesting idea, specially for the fans of gold and silver, though certainly is not something that anybody could do (I presume some kind of experience is needed, to make sure the coating is even all along etc.)

    Lastly but not least stick to one color (unless you use a combination that works, and dont use more than one color) or it will look messy. (E.g. of colors that work together black-red green-blue, etc)
  12. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
  13. rukus macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    id like to anodize mine after warranty etc. runs up. that or powdercoat it.
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The British have enough nationalistic pride to display and wear their flag, as opposed to the majority** of Americans who think doing so is uncool; however, if you're American, doing so is questionable unless you are of British heritage, are an expat, ride a Triumph motorcycles/drive a vintage Triumph car, or are a hipster.

    ** Don't get your panties in a bunch if you somehow think I meant you specifically
  15. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    I am just saying that if he is an american (or other country rather than england) showing off the british flag is not that cool, and if he is british but lives in england then it makes little sense to do that...

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