Painting the MBA

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  1. JasO macrumors regular

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    Has anyone done it? or anyone have any actual pictures of a colourwarepc job? I'm thinking of spraying mine either matte black or gloss black. I think the matte (flat like the black macbook) might look a bit weird and not look as nice as a glossy job.

    Either way has anyone done this!? Or am i going to be the first to paint my MBA black?

    Cheers =D
     
  2. wordy macrumors regular

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    Please photo-document your procedure. It's something I'd love to do, but have no idea how I'd go about it (the keyboard area is what has me strumped). Subscribing to thread!
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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  4. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    Yes I was thinking about it too !!!!
    Please document it for a good of all of us.

    P.S. Colourware's job looks great. Yet to see it in person or even real life pictures.
    If you have any, please post.
     
  5. JasO thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well i'm getting my car painted in a few weeks, and i've had another car painted not that long ago, so i'll just as the painter how to go about this and if he thinks it will turn out any good! If he thinks he will be able to make it look nicer than me, then i'll hand the job over to him but i'll just mask any bits that i don't want painted.

    Either way i love custom stuff or something that no one around me has! so i'll try and do it...

    and yeah i'll definitely photo document everything!
     
  6. juro macrumors member

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    The thing about painting over it, though, is the fact that paint has a tendency to peel away after prolonged use. May even be more prone to scratches that will leave the aluminum peeking through - which may look unsightly in the long run.

    Curios as to how you'd do yours...
     
  7. DaveOZ macrumors regular

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    You would be better off covering it in vinyl. Spek to your local signwritter...the type that does graphics on cars. Then you can remove it easily.
     
  8. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    If you could strip down the MBA to it's bare aluminum case you could have it either anodized of powdercoated, both of which are much more durable than paint.
     
  9. wordy macrumors regular

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    I can't really see powdercoat sticking too well. I think whatever you do, step one is getting the MBA to a "case only" state, and step 2 is somehow (mechanically or chemically) roughing up the surface so whatever treatment you use will have a CHANCE of sticking.
     
  10. Savagestorm macrumors member

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    Yea, anodizing isn't really an option as you'd have to remove the case from the components.
     

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