Here's the pictures. The blurry one is the most accurate depiction of the color. I don't know what's going on with the other two... That's what I get for having my friend take the pictures. I might try to get a few more that are illustrative of the flaws (the scratches are trivial as has been pointed out by Ciro, however there's a couple of spots that are kinda scuffed on the lid which assume came from Sager's handling and some spots were if you look closely there seems to be dust or something suspended in the clearcoat) in an otherwise very nice finish, but at this point I don't know if I care enough to bother posting.http://steel.lcc.gatech.edu/~drachels/DSCN2654.JPGhttp://steel.lcc.gatech.edu/~drachels/DSCN2655.JPGhttp://steel.lcc.gatech.edu/~drachels/DSCN2658.JPG
Other than that the laptop looks and performs great. I was so relieved to have not had any issues with dead pixels and whatnot. To echo's CCslyph's sentiment I think I would be nice to have a bit better system in place to find out the status of the painting than emailing Tom, especially since it took so long. Though if turnaround times have actually gotten to the originally implied 3-4 weeks then maybe not.
My final thought on the subject is if I had it to do over again I don't know if I would get it painted. This has nothing to do with the quality of the paintjob and more to do with that it would have been nice to have the laptop for most of this last semester rather than getting it after its done. On the other hand I possibly should have ordered something more in terms of a paint scheme than just BMW Laguna Seca Blue (thanks a bunch for getting the color right
). The wait also possibly produced somewhat unfair expectations. Oh well.
All in all I'm pleased with the system. Maybe whenever I'm in the market for a new laptop PCTorque will still be offering and the paintjobs will be even better.