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The paint came off my laptop . .

Posted on 2004-09-26
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I have a generic ( cicero ) laptop, and the grey/chrome "paint" I guess rubbed off the chassis where my wrists rest on the edge ( exposing the white plastic beneath, it looks horrid ).

What's the best way to deal with this ? I want to sell it and buy a dell . . but I think this might be a detriment to it's face value . . .

Is there any sort of like, umm, paint kit or something to that effect like you have for car scratches etc ?

*blush*  I feel stupid right now . . but it never hurts to ask I suppose.
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The link above is good, but mostly applies to PC cases, where all the electronics can be taken out.  I wouldn't fancy doing it on a laptop where any dust, water or overspray would be disastrous unless I could get the case away from the electronics completely.  

If the laptop comes to bits easily, and you can get the keyboard rest off entirely, it may work.  I had an old Toshiba laptop where the keyboard rest lifted off to give access to the battery, and that would have been fine.

Alternatively, I have applied car spray paint with a paint brush on cars, and I see no reason why you can't try it on a laptop.  First, spray some of the paint into the inside of the can lid, to collect some of it - best done outside.  Then, with a small paint brush, apply this to where you want it to go.  TEST IT FIRST - on an area that isn't visible - the inside of the battery hatch or similar - just in case the paint and plastic aren't compatible.  Let it dry, and see if the finish is ok.  You could then apply it for real.  Masking off the area with tape would be a good idea.
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Car spray paint eh ? I'll give it a try, thanks. :)
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let us know how it works out!  could be a whole new career!
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