Tangerine Macbook project thread

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by infinitethrill, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. infinitethrill macrumors regular

    infinitethrill

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    After seeing the other Orange iBook thread, I decided to try out some color on my MacBook too!

    I started disassembling my MacBook last night, and got it down to the plastic case. Im going to go out in a minute and buy some Orange and Yellow dye.

    The only thing I need left to do is to get the back of the battery off (need a tiny little torx)

    Here are pictures on the project (I will take more as I go along)

    My MacBook, completely disassembled. (click for full)
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    The plastic case parts, ready to prep. (click for full)
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    Questions, Comments and Suggestions are appreciated!

    Edit:
    Updates:
    Post 1 - Macbook Disassembled [this post]
    Post 12 - Battery disassembled
    Post 15 - Alcohol soaking
    Post 40 - Dye Purchased
    Post 43 - Dyeing begings
    Post 45 - Still Dying
    Post 52 - Dying complete
    Post 56 - After cleaning
    Post 66 - Still cleaning
    Post 82 - In the sunlight.
    Post 90 - Topcase/keyboard idea
    Post 91 - Keys taken off
    Post 93 - Keys dyed
    Post 96 - Orange keys in place
    Post 113 - Display assembly
    Post 117 - Display assembled
    Post 121 - Lower case assembly
    Post 126 - More lower case assembled
    Post 141 - Battery assembled
    Post 151 - All together
    Post 162 - Old topcase problems
    Post 168 - More complete assembly pictures
    Post 185 - Orange Macbook vs iBook
    Post 195 - Another assembled photo
    Post 236 - Complete with new topcase, Macbook runs
    Post 256 - Checkered keyboard, why it wouldn’t boot earlier
    Post 261 - Checkered Keyboard straight on
    Post 267 - Lots of pictures, Blue Flames jel
     
  2. dmw2692004 macrumors member

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    please to god tell me your gonna be able to put the thing back together, because i did the same thing with my ibook and i broke it because some parts did not fit in right when i was putting it back together.
     
  3. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, that's gonna be hard to put back together but... some things to watch out for...


    Don't paint the iSight or the MacBook logo....


    BTW: Like the iPhone in there :)
     
  4. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, I'm sure it makes sense to you but it looks like there is no order to your disassembled parts whatsoever. All those randomly placed little screws...:eek:
     
  5. infinitethrill thread starter macrumors regular

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    Heh, I got it guys. When I'm not at home I'm an Apple Repair Technician (not Apple Store though, 3rd party). The easy part is getting the screws in, the hard is when it doesn't turn on and you don't know why!


    Also, the screws in that picture are just metal frame and case screws, I already put the internal and external screws away...
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I'm worried about this but I can't wait to see pics. It's like watching a car wreck.
     
  7. paola105 macrumors 6502

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    I can't wait for final results, but those pics are kinda painful to look at.
     
  8. mixmacface macrumors regular

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    those pictures are painful to look at . . best of luck!
     
  9. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    Yeah! Hail the Brave & Knowledgeable !!!
    It's just some bits of plastic and metal, nothing sacrilegious :D

    I'm subscribing to see the outcome. :eek::eek::eek::cool:


    Already thinking myself about my first mod job on a Mac : WXGA+ screen for Rev.B MBA !!!
    That is if they don't release my dream 14" MBAirPro :rolleyes::apple:
     
  10. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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  11. infinitethrill thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've got all but two screws out of the battery using whatever I can; they didn't have a T4 at the store. I also got 2 packs of Golden Yellow RIT dye. Will post an update after I get these last 2 screws out...
     
  12. infinitethrill thread starter macrumors regular

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    I finally got the battery plastic off! After getting all the screws out without a screwdriver, then realizing I didn't need to take the screws out, I finally got it apart. It made some nasty cracking noises as the glue separated...

    Anyway, I'm ready to soak the parts in alcohol to clean / remove paint.

    Battery and removed cover.
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    The glue that holds the battery back on. It's surprisingly simple now that I've figured it out.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    This had better be worth it! You know I'm wincing after looking at each pic. :eek:
     
  14. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    your alot braver than me thats all i gotta say
     
  15. infinitethrill thread starter macrumors regular

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  17. danedane5 macrumors member

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    Ohh god...Is it just me or do the pictures of the parts make you cringe? hah
     
  18. lofight macrumors 68000

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    why do you need to soak it in alcohol?
     
  19. M4CBOOK macrumors regular

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    to get the paint off
     
  20. lofight macrumors 68000

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    oh.. so you first need to get the white paint off before spraying it another color.?
     
  21. MacManX macrumors member

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    Ummmm... Don't you think the parts are moulded in white plastic altogether? :eek:
    On the other hand, soaking the stuff in alcohol would ensure that everything
    is absolutely clean from dirt and fingerprints.
     
  22. hank-b macrumors member

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    Either that or it'll all dissolve.
     
  23. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    Yikes. That would suck. I doubt there's much risk of it dissolving that type of plastic, though. You'd need something more heavy duty than isopropanol (if that's what he's using).
     
  24. Sweetbike40 macrumors 65816

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    OMG. You are brave. The MBP is beautiful the way it is though.:(
     
  25. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    I used 4 packs of RIT dye when I did mine. Do you think you will get the results that you want with only 2 packs? I also just washed my plastic pieces in hot soapy water before dying. Be prepared to leave your stove burning on high for 6 hours straight :p. My gas bill was higher then normal that month ;) LOL
     

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