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Old 06-19-2007, 06:48 AM
Location: Maple Valley, WA
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I'm not sure this is the right place to post this, but I have a do-it-yourself question that some auto-body folks (and techies) can hopefully answer.

I have inherited my mother's old laptop. Since I'm going to be completely making it over (erased the hard drive, etc.), I thought it would be a fun project to paint it. I've done some research, and vinyl dye is recommended (or the new Krylon Fusion paint). The case is a hard plastic, and it's painted blue (factory). Some sites I found said that the original paint should be stripped, and others said that sanding it lightly with 600 grade sandpaper would be sufficient, as the vinyl dye (or Krylon Fusion) will bond to the plastic anyway.

I am only going to paint the outside casing (not the keyboard area), so I'm not going to take it apart if I don't have to. My thought is that taping up the ports and seams should be fine.

Aside from sanding v. stripping, what brand of paint would you recommend? Also, what about a glossy topcoat?

Every site I found on the topic had different comments, so I'd like to hear from someone who may have tackled this (or something similar). Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:45 AM
Location: Michigan
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Kyrlon Fusion, in my opinion, would be your best bet. It has a bonding agent built into the paint for the plastic. I'm not sure about sanding it though, as the case is probably molded plastic and their really shouldn't be any paint to remove and you will have a tough time getting smooth enough again so the scratches from sanding won't show through the new paint. Just my $.02
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:51 AM
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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I wouldn't paint it...
I doubt that it will go back together correctly with the paint build up
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