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Hello. Well first post in these forums, and it's good to meet you all.

So all my periphrials are white (case, keyboard, mouse, webcam, flash drive reader, etc...) except for my monitor, a dell so black, and my external hd. I would like to paint it all either matching white, or maybe a metallic gray (to match my mac mini). The external HD I don't think would be too much of a hassle, but i'm wondering about the Dell monitor. Has anybody ever taken one of these apart? If so was it very difficult? I've looked around the monitor some and I know already that you can take the base off as that's how it came out of the box, but obvously seperating the actually innards from the plastic is the hard part. Also if anybody else has one of these monitors and knows what kind of paint or sand paper to use to prep it, please share as that information would be great!

I'm trying to start this project in the next two weeks or so, and want to post pictures. Please share with me any experience you have had with painting a monitor or dissassembling a LCD monitor in general. Thanks so much for any help!
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If anything, you would have to be very very careful not to spray onto the screen or into the vents. I wouldnt really suggest painting an LCD just because of how the quality of the paint would be comparing to the stock finish.
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If you were to paint it, make sure that you mask everything off, and that you tape all the edges really good around the screen so no paint does get on it. But if you do paint it and do get some paint on it, there is this stuff called goop off, i believe, that you can use to wipe on the screen that will take the paint off.

I don't know about the taking it apart thing, don't know how easy that would be, but as for the painting and all that, just sand the plastic surface with some sandpaper, like 400 or so, and then just put on a primer, and then just use some spray paint, just make sure it will work on plastics, and then do some clear coat. Do a couple thin coats of each, and if it is ruff after a few coats, can do some light wet or dry canding with high grit paper, 1000-2000, and then just apply another coat.

Just kind of follow spooked's guy he did on his laptop. You don't have to do as many coats, can do as many or few as you want, and don't have to let it dry as long as he did between coats, but it will give you a basis to go on.
http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...aptop+painting
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I'm painting my dell P1110 21 inch CRT over the weekend, I'll try and take some pics.
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Can't you disassemble the LCD and just paint the outer case, that would be the safest way, I would assume
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I've taken apart a Dell Laptop, Dell usually have service manuals that tell you how to take it appart. It will void the warranty though.

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Originally Posted by Jimmy2Shoe
I've taken apart a Dell Laptop, Dell usually have service manuals that tell you how to take it appart. It will void the warranty though.

Jimmy
Do you know of a resourse for this? I've tried looking for one for the dell monitor that I have but didn't find anything.
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If you were to paint it, make sure that you mask everything off, and that you tape all the edges really good around the screen so no paint does get on it. But if you do paint it and do get some paint on it, there is this stuff called goop off, i believe, that you can use to wipe on the screen that will take the paint off.

I don't know about the taking it apart thing, don't know how easy that would be, but as for the painting and all that, just sand the plastic surface with some sandpaper, like 400 or so, and then just put on a primer, and then just use some spray paint, just make sure it will work on plastics, and then do some clear coat. Do a couple thin coats of each, and if it is ruff after a few coats, can do some light wet or dry canding with high grit paper, 1000-2000, and then just apply another coat.

Just kind of follow spooked's guy he did on his laptop. You don't have to do as many coats, can do as many or few as you want, and don't have to let it dry as long as he did between coats, but it will give you a basis to go on.
http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...aptop+painting

Yeah I liked that faq but wasn't sure if that would also apply to the monitor case. I think that I would take the monitor apart as opposed to masking it as it really doesn't "look" that hard to get it apart.
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ok, but that quide should work, the case of the monitor and the case of the laptop are both just pastic. You just won't have to do everything as extreme as in that guide, like sanding it so much.
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Im doing mine now- hold on I'll go take some pics.....

Edit: cant find the card reader will post some up in a few days.
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