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Apr 30, 2007, 02:26 PM
 
Really quick question...

If I went to Apple and was willing to pay them the difference, you think they would paint my white MacBook black?

Just curious. I really wish I had gone black lately but don't wanna sell or have to transfer information to a traded MacBook or something.
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Apr 30, 2007, 02:47 PM
 
No.
     
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Apr 30, 2007, 03:07 PM
 
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Apr 30, 2007, 03:08 PM
 
No. Anyone else?

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Apr 30, 2007, 03:20 PM
 
Why do you want the black? White is cool too.
     
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Apr 30, 2007, 03:22 PM
 
How about you spray it yourself!!
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Apr 30, 2007, 03:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
No. Anyone else?
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Apr 30, 2007, 03:56 PM
 
how about....ummm....erm.....NO

Regardless, if you get black it looks to much like a crap dell or hp notebook
     
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Apr 30, 2007, 04:18 PM
 
Too much, my friend, too much.
     
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Apr 30, 2007, 04:23 PM
 
Mick Jagger, on the other hand, might well paint it black if you asked nicely...
     
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Apr 30, 2007, 06:12 PM
 
ColorWare Services - $450 to paint it any color you want
     
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Apr 30, 2007, 06:43 PM
 
i think colorware will be your only option, unless you perhaps feel comfortable spray painting it yourself and voiding your warranty...
     
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Apr 30, 2007, 07:01 PM
 
or you could go online and hopefully find a top shell bottom shel and inner covers and make the swap that way if you feel comfortable doing all that.

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May 2, 2007, 10:39 AM
 
Take it to your local body shop -- but talk to friends and family to find the right shop. You may have to take it apart partially.
     
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May 2, 2007, 12:13 PM
 
Paint? apple dose not paint anything.
     
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May 2, 2007, 12:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by Gankdawg View Post
Take it to your local body shop -- but talk to friends and family to find the right shop. You may have to take it apart partially.
the trouble is the macbook keyboard assembly you'll have to paint that but the keys and assembly are really intergrated. It would be difficult to produce an aesthetically result.

You could check eBay to see if any DOA laptops, i.e., for parts are available.
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May 2, 2007, 01:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by mac128k-1984 View Post
the trouble is the macbook keyboard assembly you'll have to paint that but the keys and assembly are really intergrated. It would be difficult to produce an aesthetically result.

You could check eBay to see if any DOA laptops, i.e., for parts are available.
Agreed but it would be a quick fix. And you are right about ebay maybe buy a keyboard and battery.
     
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May 2, 2007, 01:54 PM
 
what i'd like is the black bezel from the display. wonder how much they cost and who sells them..
     
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May 3, 2007, 10:02 AM
 
I also wonder what painting would do to your warranty. Since the computer needs to be disassembled I would expect that this would void the warranty even if Colorware does it.

I'm personally tempted by the colorware option but I'll wait and see if I can pick up a cheap black macbook on craigslist, ebay or apple store (refurb).
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May 6, 2007, 09:53 PM
 
Still have the receipt? Return it and buy a black!
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May 7, 2007, 09:00 AM
 
Apple will replace the shells for you. It'll cost a lot though. I bought a US model Macbook when on holiday in the US, and when I got back to the UK I asked about getting a UK keyboard fitted. The Genius Bar said I'd need a new top shell, which would cost around £100 including labour.

So if they can replace the top shell, don't see why they can't replace the whole lot.
     
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May 7, 2007, 11:04 AM
 
Originally Posted by j03 View Post
how about....ummm....erm.....NO

Regardless, if you get black it looks to much like a crap dell or hp notebook
Agreed! I just came from a crap dell and I am loving my new white macbook =]. The black macbook just looks ugly, in my opinion anyways.

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May 9, 2007, 02:57 PM
 
The lighted Apple logo on the black MacBook cover tends to end the Dell confusion. I've had a Black MacBook since they came out and couldn't be happier - especially when in a room with users of White MacBooks. It's totally an expensive vane item, but worth the price for exclusiveness in a cookie cutter world.
     
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May 9, 2007, 03:20 PM
 
FWIW Speck plastic cases give the appearance of a different color laptop. They come in a variety of colors but apparently not black.

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May 9, 2007, 03:44 PM
 
Originally Posted by psdenno View Post
It's totally an expensive vane item.
You mean it swings in the wind? I guess it would!
     
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May 11, 2007, 11:37 AM
 
I really think that Apple would do this. I'm sure that there is a "painting room" somewhere in Cupertino for just this purpose.
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May 12, 2007, 11:36 AM
 
Apple won't repaint your white Macbook because they are selling the black Macbook at a premium price. So it is not just because the white Macbook 2.0 ghz has 80GB and the black Macbook has 120GB. In 1999, Apple released the iMac DV SE at $1399 and it was translucent graphite color. You got 13GB versus the standard 10GB. If you look at their history you will find evidence that this is repeated again and again. There is nothing special about the black Macbook other than its color. Do not pay $400+ on a color upgrade for your white Macbook. People get color upgrades all the time but the resale value is not as high because buyers don't want their Macbooks "modified" and it just looks better in white.
     
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May 12, 2007, 02:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by hadocon View Post
I really think that Apple would do this. I'm sure that there is a "painting room" somewhere in Cupertino for just this purpose.
Considering that Apple has *never* done this (the custom black Mac TV units were done by an external company), and that the black MacBooks are actually black plastic and not painted in any way - no.

Not outside their research department, anyway. Apple hasn't painted anything since the titanium Powerbook.
     
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May 12, 2007, 03:05 PM
 
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Originally Posted by analogika View Post
Considering that Apple has *never* done this (the custom black Mac TV units were done by an external company), and that the black MacBooks are actually black plastic and not painted in any way - no.

Not outside their research department, anyway. Apple hasn't painted anything since the titanium Powerbook.
Well, my friend works at Apple and he says that there is a special "painting room" especially for this purpose - all the ppl that bought a white book and now want it to be black. Apparently the room is right next to Steve's office so he can personally check the finish of each book that comes off the line.
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May 13, 2007, 05:17 PM
 
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May 14, 2007, 08:14 AM
 
there is a site that you can choose from a variety of colors to have you macbook painted. i will try to find it for you.
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May 14, 2007, 09:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by frankthetank966 View Post
there is a site that you can choose from a variety of colors to have you macbook painted. i will try to find it for you.
Just scroll up the link was already provided.
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May 14, 2007, 10:35 PM
 
Paint, No. But replace the covers, I think they will. It would cost a good lil bit but I've thought about it too but I love being the guy with the White MacBook in class, this girl has a Black one and they treat her like she has a Dell (Subtle racism? Maybe)
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