Cosmetic Modification Resources

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  1. Circa69

    Circa69 Notebook Evangelist

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    COSMETIC MODIFICATIONS

    Whether you want to advertise your company, secure bragging rights, express yourself, match your décor, or prevent theft almost everyone can find a reason to doctor up that plain jane grey notebook.​

    If you have had experience with any of the companies let me know so the ratings can be as accurate as possible. Do you know of a great Company or DIY project not here then post it up and I will add it here.

    Got a great cosmetic mod? Post up some photos in the SHOWCASE.

    The ratings are from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best.
    I initially rated the companies based on reviews I read. I will periodically adjust the ratings as people report their experiences.

    Paint:
    Painters are rated on final quality, customer service, and overall experience.


    Aftermarket Painters:

    Smooth Creations -- Moved to retailer section.

    Notebook Design USA -- Malias review of http://www.laptopdesignusa.com Located in Dearborn, MI.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    5 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 5

    Visual Tonix -- Circa69’s experience with matt@visualtonix.com Located in St Louis, Mo.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    4 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 4

    Kzak Airbrush -- http://www.kzak.net/Web Located in Vietnam.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    ? - - - - - ? - - - - - ?

    Custom Paint by Daneen -- Rey’s experience with http://www.customairbrush.com Located in San Jose, CA.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    ? - - - - - ? - - - - - ?


    Retail Painters:
    At this point many (most even?) retailers are offering custom paint options. Please let me know if there are any unique ones missing.

    Xotic PC -- Custom paint available. http://www.xoticpc.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    ? - - - - - ? - - - - - ?

    Smooth Creations -- Duke’s review of http://www.smoothcreations.com They are no long accepting paint jobs, only painting what they sell.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    5 - - - - - 4 - - - - - 5

    Alienware -- Limited choices of paint. http://www.alienware.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    5 - - - - - 4 - - - - - 4

    Sony -- Limited choice of graphics. http://www.sonystyle.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    4 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 5

    Voodoo PC -- Selection of colors with a tattoo(black graphic on the lid). http://www.voodoopc.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    5 - - - - - 4 - - - - - 4

    Cyberpower PC -- Sticker or Limited choices of paint. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    4 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 4

    Falcon Northwest -- Unlimited color choice included. Custom Paint is available. http://www.falcon-nw.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    ? - - - - - ? - - - - - ?


    Stickers:
    Sticker Manufacturers are rated on sticker quality, customer service, and overall experience.

    Schtickers Chaz’s review of http://www.schtickers.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    5 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 5

    DecalGirl Homer J's experience with http://www.decalgirl.com on NBF.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    4 - - - - - ? - - - - - 4

    SkinIt Tim’s review of http://www.skinit.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    4 - - - - - 4 - - - - - 4

    PolyGFX http://www.polygfx.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    ? - - - - - ? - - - - - ?

    Aspoke.com http://www.aspoke.com
    Quality – Service – Overall
    ? - - - - - ? - - - - - ?

    designerskins http://www.designerskins.com Website could use a little work.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    5 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 5

    lkingsvs' review of http://www.shieldzone.com - clear protective shield for your gear
    Quality – Service – Overall
    5 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 5

    More skins: istyles.com


    Other:
    Hyperkore http://www.hyperkore.com/ Laser Etching, also sell notebooks snd desktops.
    Quality – Service – Overall
    ? - - - - - ? - - - - - ?

    JohnDBoone's info on Laser Etching in this thread

    Laser Etching

    Laser Etching on a black Thinkpad

    iSpazz plugin for iTunes on OS X controlls the MacBook Pro/PowerBook backlight keyboard and optionally the display backlight.

    LapStyle -- Furry notebook covers Andrew’s review of http://www.lapstyle.com/
    Quality – Service – Overall
    2 - - - - - 5 - - - - - 3


    DIY:

    Bad Haze’s DV1000t

    jack53’s dv4000

    Circa69's Averatec 3270

    biiscit’s stickerized Macbook

    Illuminated Dragons on a C640

    Presario V2000 painting tutorial

    Dell Inspiron 1100

    Zenith 320L moonlight mod

    Great writeup on respraying your HP Omnibook

    The LED Mod

    Gingerbread Laptop :p

    XBox 360 Notebook

    roswell's Screen Mod Not Recommended


    Got a great cosmetic mod? Post up some photos in the showcase.
     
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  2. roofio86

    roofio86 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Do you know of any UK based companies for the Smoothcreation type custom designs rather than stickers? I have been searching online but have come up trumps
     
  3. Circa69

    Circa69 Notebook Evangelist

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    Sorry, no. I hope somone finds somebody for you guys over there. I recommend finding someone who does custom motorcycle painting. You will need to disassemble yourself or make sure they (or you) mask the notebook very very well.
     
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    Sub-D Notebook Evangelist

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    Theres no mention of designerskins.com and I feel they should be added to the list. Excellent for service, speed of delivery and cost. Skin quality is good but the design of the website is awful. Still, nothing can be perfect!
     
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    illmatic2609 Notebook Deity

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    Interesting stuff. Thanks for the links.
     
  6. Circa69

    Circa69 Notebook Evangelist

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    Done :)
    Thanks for the input.
     
  7. chicgeek

    chicgeek Notebook Consultant

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    I recently bought a skin from istyles.com. Never had a skin before. I am beyond pleased - looks like a paint job to me. :D
     
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    waddataha Newbie

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    I'm new in that field but I'm looking to be Professional, so could you please specify some website or retails for buying paints?
     
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    it's DIY not DYI
     
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    Thanks, typo :D
     
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