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Old 21st April, 2005, 04:57 PM
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Modding a LAPTOP

hi all and thanks for letting me join the forum

id like to mod my laptop i dont want to cut holes in to it i just want to give it a face lift if u know what i meen so id like to know
what sort of paint id need to use and where i can find it please
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Old 21st April, 2005, 05:30 PM
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what its the outer casing made out of?
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Old 21st April, 2005, 06:24 PM
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from what i can see there is no metel at all on the laptop it just like a said it needs a good face lift
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Certain paints will damage some plastics. I'm no chemist, so I can't be any more specific!
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Old 22nd April, 2005, 12:06 AM
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from what i can see and tell is that it is all very strong type of plastic but the whole thing only cost me £20 so thats not that bad
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Krylon makes a spray paint called Fusion that's made for plastic. They say you don't need to sand or anything, however, I've sanded both monitors ( I know your project is a laptop, but my projects were plastic as well) that I've painted beforehand. They actually come out looking pretty decent, and if I bothered to wet-sand them in between, they'd probably look spectacular. Just remember a couple layers of decent clearcoat and ample drying/hardening time. Even after two or three days of drying I've found that the clear coat is still "squishy". For cars they usually bake them in an "oven" but I would advise against that.

Rustoleum also has a plasic "primer" that makes adhesion to plastic a no-brainer. I've never used it myself but hear good things from people who have. My experience with Fusion has been excellent, though. I had to sand a part that I'd painted with it later, and found it quite a challenge to get the stuff off.

I've been meaning to post pics of my monitor modding projects...but have always been in a rush to get them done or didn't have a camera handy. That too and I want to make sure I have mask and goggles in the pics. Lol. Safety reasons for the kiddies.

Edit: Also too, a respirator would be a good idea if you don't have good ventilation and gloves never hurt either. Most paints (especially aerosol) can be absorbed through and irritate skin on contact.
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I will echo Logan on the Krylon Fusion. as I am currently painting a case, moniter and
keyboard with the Krylon Plastic Primer and Fusion paint. I will find the camera for a
few pics today.

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Old 24th April, 2005, 11:34 PM
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thanks all for the advice but where do u get the krylon plastic and fusion paint from
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I tried searching for where you could buy Fusion in the UK, but I'm afraid I came up a tad short on matches. You may want to try your local hardware store or retail store. Anywhere you buy paint. There are some serious limitations on shipping aerosol products, so I doubt you could get any shipped overseas from an online shop. There may be a UK alternative to Fusion, but since I'm a backwater Illinoisan, I can't really help beyond what's already been mentioned.

Edit: Ewww...after some searching it would appear that Krylon doesn't exist in the UK...you may be able to find something since you're actually over there though.
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ill have a look around and thanks for haveing a look
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