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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 08:14 PM   #1
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painting your ibook

anyone know where abouts i can get info on painting an ibook?

i wanna try painting my friends old ass g3 ice book.

information as to kinds of paint needed and such would be really helpful
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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 08:19 PM   #2
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Just a tip: I know people who have painted their macs-ibooks and B&Ws, they all wish they never dead it. It ends up flaking off and makes it near impossible to resell. You would be better off doing a simpler, less drastic mod, like adding a color filter to the apple. Do a google search on it. I think there is a company out there that sells them, colorfullapples.com maybe?
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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 08:42 PM   #3
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Colour the apple all you need a is a coloured piece of plastic. And add some stickers or something if you don't like the look. Painting it would just make it look tacky. If you bumped it or something it would chip/scratch etc and it'd look terrible.
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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 08:49 PM   #4
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To do it proper you need to take it apart completely, Remove the paint from the inside, and repaint and reassemble.
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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 09:05 PM   #5
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What about a tatto idea, like HP's iPod tattoos? Your could create a Window Cling to attach to the cover. Best part is it's removable, and won't damage your ibook.
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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 09:11 PM   #6
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I did it, following the Tronbook instructions. I hope you're REALLY good with details.

http://www.applefritter.com/hacks/tronbook/

Here's a photo of it: http://totallysweetstudios.com/
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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 10:20 PM   #7
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I did it and it involves work especially to get the paint off (lots of elbow grease needed). There are pictures and quick description of my now black ice book paint mod here:

iBook 500 Paint Mod

Ignore what comprehab says about flaking off - if you do it right and use the right paint the iBook is way better looking and unique. Who cares about resale value - for the amount of work I put into my iBook, I will never get a return in value anyways.

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Colour the apple all you need a is a coloured piece of plastic. And add some stickers or something if you don't like the look.
Talk about tacky ...


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If you bumped it or something it would chip/scratch etc and it'd look terrible.
The paint is on the inside of a correctly done mod - if you are scratching that paint your iBook would be surviving either
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Old Aug 27th, 2005, 12:59 AM   #8
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I did it, following the Tronbook instructions. I hope you're REALLY good with details.

http://www.applefritter.com/hacks/tronbook/

Here's a photo of it: http://totallysweetstudios.com/
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The photo looks great! I didn't realize it would be painted from the inside (forgot the cover is transluscent on that ibook.)
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Old Aug 27th, 2005, 01:00 AM   #9
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I definitely do not recommend painting your iBook! ... oh, wait. You mean the exterior, not the screen. Never mind.
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Old Aug 28th, 2005, 07:08 AM   #10
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Some Painting Instructions for the iBook

I wrote this response to a private message and I figured I'd share it with anybody else who'd might like to take the plunge. The following is a basic outline of what's involved to paint your iBook right:


You'll need some special tools - torx #8 and 10 I believe. I bought a toolkit from " The Source" (RadioShack) - 30 Piece Electro Screwdriver Set - it has all the pieces you need ($14)

Instructions for disassemble I got here - easy to follow walkthrough: http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/50.0.0.html

I did not remove the LCD from the base because I didn't want to fiddle with the wires or hinges.

For painting instructions I took hints from this site: http://www.macmerc.com/articles/Road..._Wednesday/143

Basically what you need is 2 or 3 bottles of Isopropanol 99% Isopropyl Alchohol (Shoppers $4 each), a hard toothbrush (I bought a new one), steel wool, paper towels, clean rags and a pan that will fit the covers and have a .5 to 1 inch lip. Oh, and bring your muscles because this is not a quick job, expect 2-3 hours of scrubbing to get the white paint off for each panel. It takes time but it you do it right you won't be disappointed with the results.

After you get the LCD cover off or the base cover or both you start with this ... lay the cover in the pan and cover in alchohol - not a lot - just enough to cover the paint and let it soak in for at least 20 minutes, adding more alcohol as needed as it will evaporate more or less depending on the temperature. Scratch the paint with your finger nail if it's soft it ready to scrub - so scrub away with your toothbrush. And scrub you will - occasionally refreshing the alchohol to remove the scrubbed paint. If the paint is hard repeat step one and wait. Each panel should take a couple of hours or more to do right. I found the corners and latch areas are the hardest to get clean. Once you think most or all the paint is off, then using your clean rag scrub with alchohol to make sure all traces of paint are gone.

If you leave any white paint it will show when you paint it the new colour. In tough places I actually used steel wool to help in the scrubbing - I don't recommend this method because if you are not painting with an opaque paint the steel wool will leave very visable marks on the plastic.

To paint you need to know two things - one is not to rush the job and two is to paint it right.

First, using blue painters masking tape - mask everything that will not be painted (remember you are painting on the inside). Take your time and do the masks properly including all outside surfaces and plug all screw holes so paint doesn't drip through to the outside surfaces.

For paint, ask for a paint that will adhere well to plastic surfaces - stay away from oil-based paints. If you are going to paint with an opaque paint then add a "tooth" to the plastic by using the steel wool - these marks will be hidden by the paint but will help the paint adhere to the plastic better. I used Crown Speckle Stone and the special sealer spray to get the colour that I was looking for. Paint in layers not in one thick coat. I painted the covers with 4-5 coats each allowing for an hour minimum drying time between each thin coat.

Once you are happy with the results, remove the masks and reassemble your iBook. The only thing that I haven't done yet and I do plan to, it to polish the plastic with ice-creame to remove the scratches and wear marks of years of use.

Remember, take your time and don't rush this. I spent about 15 hours over 4 days doing this, this project is not an afternoon or even a weekend project to do right.

Anyways, after reading what is really involved and you still want to do it - go for it - you won't be disappointed in the results.
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