How do you paint a Toughbook ?

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  1. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    I have a few 51's lids that needs painting and since I have never needed to paint any before untill now I would like to know how you do it ?
    1: remove lid or tape it ?
    2: primer ?
    3: sand it , what grit to use 200, 400 ,600
    4: Paint brand and paint code ?

    Just want to hear your thoughts on this. I really don't like painting them but at $156.78 to replace it with a new one :swoon: I thought I would give it a try.
     
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    old busted Notebook Evangelist

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    Bake it in the sun after. Do you guys ever see the sun?
     
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    gray-beard Notebook Evangelist

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    Well,, the best would be to find a painting company to Powder coat them for you.
    You would need to sand and do all the prep work to keep the price down and they
    should be able to do a top for about $20 to $25 each in a quantity of about 5 at a
    time and all the same color
     
  4. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    The way it's been lately....NO :D

    I was told about $100.00 - $150.00 + paint which is in line with what you said. I have six 51's that I could paint....not all mine but my children and grandkids.
    I just picked up some Dupli-Color Perfect Match automotive paint "Quartz Silver" spray paint and might try it on a damaged lid to see how it turns out.
     
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    old busted Notebook Evangelist

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    I've done a lot of motorcycle parts with cheesy rattle cans that see serious abuse. You should be fine if you get some heat into the part prior to painting (prevents runs) and some heat after to cure it. I'd want advice on how to rough up the surface though. Hard to get an even scuff on a surface as rough as a fully rugged shell. I'm assuming you don't want to sand blast them. Maybe some kind of abrasive drill attachment like a scotch brite wheel.
     
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    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Best spray can match that I have found. It's VERY close. Preparation is the key to a good paint job.

    Rust Oleum 251053 TXTRD METLC SILVER
    textured metallic silver
     
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    ffergie Notebook Enthusiast

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    I think that Crown tanks does powder coating. If you know someone who works there I would think that powder coating would do an amazing job
     
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    interestingfellow Notebook Deity

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    I have a post on here somewhere where I painted a printer with that paint to match my 29. Came pretty darn close. I know they also sell that paint with no texture, if you didn't want to to "double up" on the texture.

    EDIT
    Found the thread here
    and the picture
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  9. mnementh

    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    The original finish on the Full-rugged TopughBooks is a two-part silver industrial epoxy. I don't know if the semi-rugged models use the same paint, or more common urethane enamel.

    You can buy a spray epoxy paint from Rustoleum that is supposed to match the cabinets used on today's very popular stainless steel appliances; I don't know how well it would match with your current paint. These one-part epoxy paints are designed to be used as touch-up on appliances; they are VERY tough, almost as tough as two-part epoxy paints. Part # is 7887830 - Stainless

    For a better understanding of the difference between two-part epoxy and one-part epoxy paints commonly found in spray cans, see here:

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.home.repair/msg/95edd1b7771d6044

    I would guess that if one were to paint an entire surface, like the lid and bezel together, it wouldn't matter if it were a few shades off of your existing paint.

    mnem
    TSSSSSSSST!
     
  10. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    Now you got me thinking and I just happen to know someone :)

    I remember your post now and yes it's very close. BTW thanks for the... "Found the thread here" it was for the How to use the wrong OEM CD which is a thread I have been looking for :D

    That's right , I will be painting all the silver which is just the lid . All I want to do is make it look as close as I can to the existing paint.
     
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