Alienware Laptop Paint Mods

Discussion in 'Notebook Cosmetic Modifications and Custom Builds' started by Maxware79, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Maxware79

    Maxware79 Notebook Deity

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    I've posted these before over in the Alienware forum but I've only just noticed this section. I enjoy giving these older machines a fresh new look and I've never liked the grey paint scheme they went for years ago after the M17x and M18x.
    So far I've repainted a 13 R1 (Gloss CAT yellow), 13 R2 (Matte Black), and M17x R3 (Matte Pink and White). I am just about to start work on a 17 R1 (Gloss White). I'm definitely not a professional at this but it's all a bit of fun.
    Here are a few quick snapshots. 865300FD-26BA-48C4-B158-E51FA7EF3FC0.jpeg IMG_0363.jpg IMG_1512.JPG IMG_1048.JPG IMG_1050.JPG
     
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Looks fantastic from here!

    Those older Alienware designs still look great to me.

    Charles
     
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    Thanks for the feedback! I painted the old M17x pink and white for my wife as a surprise and she loves it.

    I just stripped my Alienware 17 down to barebones last night so hopefully I'll get to put some primer on her tonight before going Gloss white.
     
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    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    I have never strip paint off when I do paint my laptops.

    What do you use to strip paint?
     
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    Maxware79 Notebook Deity

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    I don't bother stripping the paint. What I meant was I pulled the machine apart. Removed the GPU, motherboard, storage, etc.
     
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    mike26668 Notebook Consultant

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    i really love this color combi it's just like my guitar....smile.
     
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    Thanks Mike. The wife loves it
     
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    Kyle2k80 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey, I'm going to repaint my r4, any advice on what type of paint, primer and sand paper I'd be best using? also once removed the soft touch coating, is there any way to remake it? Thanks
     
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    Firstly, do all of this at your own risk. There are many things that can go wrong.

    Do you mean the M17x R4? You cannot get the soft-touch back once you have painted or damaged it. You'd need to buy a new lid or palmrest, depending on which one you mess with. I did paint the soft-touch lid on the pink R3 and it came out pretty good but I wouldn't throw it in a laptop bad and expect it to stay that way for long.
    Any decent primer should work fine. I use Rustoleum 2X sprays and they do a primer, big range of colours and the clear or satin clear coat. Read the drying/re-coating instructions as they will be different for each type.
    I use 1000 and 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Make sure the paper is nice and wet to reduce scratching.
    Find a clean area to spray, free from small particles that can hover in the air or you will be forever sanding back your coats. I use a cheap bench tent to spray in but it probably needs replacing soon. It's best to cover any of your body that has hair or small hairs will find their way onto your wet paint. I still haven't learnt my lesson with this one.
    You'll find that the sprays will say something like, 'recoat within 30 mins or after 48 hours'. I have tried to do the fast recoat and it usually doesn't come out as well as it does when you wait 48 hours between coats. Be prepared to take a few weeks to finish the job though.
    Use a good painters tape for taping off the edges that you don't want painted.
    It may take a little longer but I suggest to remove all parts including the motherboard. It makes painting much easier and safer.
     
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    I guess i could update this thread with a few other machines I have done since these ones. Here are my two M18x R2's IMG_3347.JPG IMG_3349.JPG IMG_2628.jpg IMG_2610.jpg
     
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