Woodgrain look on a 1400 case?

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Woodgrain look on a 1400 case?

OK, so this may sound like a broken record since I have been all about a 5300cs that I wanted to mod--sold it on ebay this weekend! Now I am waiting on a "new" 1400 that I want to work on. I was looking through the artistic mods in the laptop area and saw the Smith & Wesson and Fuhrer mods--wood grain on a PB G3. How was that done--does anyone know? I would love to do it, but want to know whether it is a paint technique or reall wood? Whatever it is, how would I do it? Any pointers would be appreciated!!

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Vinyl

IIRC those laptops were created with adhesive vinyl like this stuff:
http://www.polygfx.com/product/modSkins.htm

Though I don't think the covering used was specifically marketed for computers.

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Cool sight but it is not what

Cool sight but it is not what I need. The two laptops that I listed above were posted by Tom Owad. I would love to hear from Tom what he did. I am also going to do some google searches to try and come up with something. Any more help from anyone would be great!

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They're not Tom's hacks

They have Tom's name associated with them because he was the one who ported them over form the old Applefritter site.

Both the mods you're referring to never had extensive write-ups describing the process. One was done in Japan, the other...?

I'd assumed they were done with vinyl, like several others that are posted, but on looking at them again, it looks more like they were airbrushed and clear-coated.

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Hmmm. Never done any airbrus

Hmmm. Never done any airbrushing. Maybe I can find someone who can. Meantime I will keep looking for a different solution both here and on the web. Thanks!

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final answer

WOHOOOO i found the original site, after 45min google search and 200 links, heres the site http://www.jd-net.com/WM/ have fun tranlating it(its in japanese) by the way, it says he paints all of these by hand, with some unknown paint. that must take years! just to make that perfect real looking patern, BTW this guy did fuhrer AND smith and wesson

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WOW!!

OK, that stuff is pretty darn cool. Thank you SO much for getting to the bottom of that mystery! As for doing it myself, I think it would be easier for me to build a whole new wooden case!! Thanks again for all the work! Maybe we can post the link directly to Smith & Wesson and Fuhrer postings as comments? That way others can benefit from your time.

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painting

My memory of the original text accompanying these hacks (which didn't survive the transfer to the new site) was that there is some special paint that dries into a woodgrain pattern. I could be wrong.

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woodgrain

Jamie37187 and anyone else who may be interested. -- Through my interaction with antique automobiles I have become familiar with the handful of processes for creating the look you desire. A simple grain cam be created by smearing ink or stain and then clearcoating over it. Kits ara avilable for applying a sticker of sorts, or simply a grain transfer, which also needs to be clearcoated. If you wish to have somone else do it, there are many woodgrainers specializing in this art around the country. My father just purchased Woodgrain by Estes, which used a printing method. The results are spectacular, but not cheap. He can be reached at His name is Joe, please put woodgrain in the subject.

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Vinyl smynel!

BLECH!

HEH!:ebc:

Actually, that's a pretty cool link, e, but the 1400 just happens to be the perfect choice for a REAL honest to gosh, wood inlay/applique BookCover mod!

When the "new" 1400 arrives, take off the cover and experiment with some kind of inexpensive veneer and rubber cement. (BTW, test this technique for suitability on a piece of apple case junk FIRST!) Perfect your techniques while developing templates for doing a permanently laminated top cover with some exotic wood veneer marquetry.

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