MacBook Mods

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bsblvnv, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. bsblvnv macrumors regular

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    I have been searching for a couple of hours for a thread about just mods. Taking your MacBook and making it your own. And there is nothing really out there, maybe someone did this one thing but no how to's, and no where to get the stuff. Even Google only turned up one credible link. What I am looking for is something to make my MB stand out. Something like this. But at the same time something that I can actually afford. If anyone has done anything cool, please post pics. And if you know where to get the stuff to do the mods, or maybe how to videos, please post links.

    Thanks
     
  2. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    Step 1: Buy a nice spraypaint (Krylon)
    Step 2: Disassemble Macbook
    Step 3: Sand it with a very high grit sandpaper
    Step 4: Wash it intensely with dishsoap
    Step 5: Spray very thin coats on at a time (thin enough so that the paint is almost bumpy)
    Step 6: Sand it down so the paint is perfectly smooth (if there's very little paint left, so be it)
    Step 7: Repeat 5 and 6 until the paint is as thick as you'd like it, then polish it out with Turtle Wax or Meguiar's Three Step Car Wax.
    Step 8: Reassemble.
    Step 9: Try not to jizz over your beautiful macbook
     
  3. bsblvnv thread starter macrumors regular

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    You know what not a half bad idea, except I don't trust myself to dissasemble my MB, espically the new unibody white MB, if I saw someone else do it maybe but even that is a stretch.

    What I am looking for is not exactly the same as on that site. For me the gold is too gaudy, but the diamond (insert something cheaper) logo was pretty cool. Personally I liked the copper.

    And wouldn't the paint scratch pretty easily.
     
  4. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    If you buy Krylon you don't have to worry about scratches...
    and it's really not that hard. You just have to be careful about it.
     
  5. bsblvnv thread starter macrumors regular

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    Stupid question I am sure but it definitely voids the warranty right?
     
  6. Aljovido macrumors member

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    I know you have a unibody macbook, but something popular to do with the last revision macbooks is to 'Panda' them. Attached is my macbook.

    If you wanted to case mod your unibody, it would be a similar procedure... except you however need to physically paint the parts. It would definitely void your warranty. Try the guides on ifixit.com, they are great!

    If you don't want to take it apart, You may also consider silkscreening a design, you can buy a basic kit for relatively cheap.
     

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  7. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    Doing a mod like this leads to envious Geniuses, not ones who will vouch for you :rolleyes:
     
  8. InfoSecmgr Guest

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    What kind of a tool does it take to get their computer "pimped" with gold?
     
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    Yeah like that is not hideous.
     
  10. bsblvnv thread starter macrumors regular

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    First of all, sorry the panda thing is absolutely hideous IMO.

    The company uses a plating technique, where they basically dip the parts of the laptop into a boiling vat of gold, silver, platinum, or my favorite copper, at least that is my understanding of the plating process. I understand how they make it work with the MBP's because they are made of metal, but I just do not understand how they would do it with the plastic. Thinking it would melt the plastic, but I don't know.
     
  11. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    They only offer it for the MBP's but if they didn't there's a simple solution:
    Die-Cast mould.
     
  12. bsblvnv thread starter macrumors regular

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    Copied this from their FAQ

    Products

    What products can you customize?

    We can customize almost EVERY computer or electronic gadget in the world. The specific customizations available for your product depend on the material it is housed in. Large plastic products are not typically plated due to the expensive nature of plastic plating however custom jewelry can be made for these items. If you would like to know the specifics about your item, please contact us to request more information. Below is a list of commonly requested items that we customize:

    Apple:

    iPod Classic
    iPod Nano
    iPod Touch
    iPod Shuffle
    iPhone 2G
    iPhone 3G
    Macbook (Plastic and Aluminum)
    Macbook Pro
    Macbook Air (and Superdrive)
    iMac (20" & 24")
    Mac Pro (desktop)
    Mac Mini
    Apple TV
    Cinema Display
    RIM

    Blackberry Bold
    Blackberry Storm
    Blackberry Curve
    Nintendo

    NES
    Super NES
    Nintendo 64
    DS
    DS Lite
    Wii
    Tmobile/Google

    G1
    Sony

    PSP
    Playstation
    Playstation 2
    Playstation 3
    Microsoft

    Xbox
    Xbox 360
    Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc.

    Laptops (depending on model)
    Desktops (depending on model)
    Flat Screens LCD/TVs
    Netbooks
    If your item is not on the list, contact us.
     

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