I like to share with people that I modify and build computers as it often opens doors for me. A door was recently opened to a girl with a laptop that wanted said laptop pink. I figured that it would be good experience and a good thing to have in my portfolio to show sponsors or employers or whoever was interested. I probably should have told her that any and all warranties would be voided by my doing this, but I didn't, so there it is. On to the worklog!
PHASE 1: DISASSEMBLAGE
The tools and the paint.
The laptop. It's a pentium 3 with a 5 gig drive and ??? ram (didn't check), so while I'm being careful, 50 bucks can replace it. I'm debating whether to do the top and bottom sections two different colors. I'll use my purple metalcast purple on the metal.
The battery and floppy come out.
I can take the floppy out of that plastic, so that's what I'm doing.
When I first accepted the job I wasn't planning on taking the thing apart. Instead I would just mask off. Then I saw this:
I was like, holy crap that's impossible! Especially since I didn't currently have any blue tape, just some 5-year-old tan stuff that had lost its adhesiveness. Yes, I could have gone to the store or taken some from my dad, but that didn't happen.
I especially didn't want to have to mask this off, so I removed it.
Naturally I didn't want to spray the keyboard, so I figured that it would be easier to remove that than to mask it. You can also see that I removed the trim on the monitor for easier painting, as well as the wrist pads.
Here is the monitor, inside top, and bottom portion in separate pieces.
I continued to see things that would be easier to paint if they were not attached to the computer until I was left with a pile of parts. Let's skip the disassemblage and go straight to the pile-o-parts stage.
After I had it mostly disassembled I took the monitor out of its casing:
Interestingly enough, behind the monitor there is what appears to be tinfoil.
The bracket further removed
The latch coming out
I took out the touch-screen after I tried to mask it. I nicked it a little in the corner, I hope that it's okay. :x
And thus the laptop is in a pile of parts and I barely have to mask off anything.
PHASE 2: PAINTING PREP
This isn't a very long phase, and it mostly consists of getting rid of stickers. Here's the back panel before solvent:
I took an after pic, but photobucket is being dumb and won't let me upload it. I'll let it suffice to say that it looks like there were never stickers
Originally I was going to paint the wrist pads, but my father pointed out the tremendous amount of wear that they sustain could lead to chipping, which equals death in the eyes of its future user.I'm not sanding this as I'm using a satin-finish paint and I figured that it would be pointless and difficult. After removing blemishes and stickers I washed everything to get rid of fingerprints/oils. Tomorrow I tack and paint!