The black-on-black of modern computing is generally much preferred to 80s beige and 90s grey, but what if you want to rock some crazier schemes? Check out this low-cost tutorial for achieving your technicolour dreams.
Did the keyboard shown above start life such a dapper shade of blue? No sir, it arrived there via the miracle of vinyl dye. At GideonTech, a site devoted to computer modding, they’ve put together a tutorial on using vinyl dye to transform the colour scheme of your computer and peripherals. How does it work?
Vinyl dye is a type of paint that is used primarily on plastics. The theory is that the dye is thin enough to seep into the plastic and colour it, rather than covering over its surface. The benefits of this are that it won’t chip, scratch or peel. It also means that you do not need to sand, or to use a primer. This is because you are staining the plastic, rather than hiding it.
Rather than spend tedious hours sanding, priming and painting little parts like drive bezels and keyboard shells, you just need a few minutes in a well ventilated area to create your masterpiece.
If you want to take some vintage plastic back to a showroom finish, check out previously mentioned Retr0Bright, a DIY solution for reviving yellowed plastic. Otherwise, check out the full guide at the link below for more details and sound off in the comments if you have experience dyeing computer parts.