... and other repainting ideas.
Originally Posted by adinu
Plus, you're gonna need to sand the panels and apply a primer and lots of coats and clear coats just to look decent.
Hmmm, HPC:Factor had a discussion on this, the verdict then is that you needed several different grades of sand paper (going up 2 grades at a time for sang to get the best look) and it will take ages. However, some spray painted finishes can be removed by Brasso, according to Electra Railway Graphics anyway, this tutorial is for little modern trains, but probably could be adapted. Notice that you need to completely dismantle the notebook first, otherwise, you could run into problems, especially when you wash the notebook. It could well go BANG big time. http://www.warr.biz/erg/ElectraPlusConstr.htm
Theres also many commercial paint strippers avaiable, again, mainly used in model railwys/warfare/bues/trucks/whatever models there are, but again, could be worth a try. IF you do go for a paintstripper, MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T MELT THE PLASTIC. Also, adinu is right, paint brushed finishes will look something a little short of awlful. Paintbrushing is fine for art if you plan to convert your laptop into some stunning Monnet masterpiece, but for a single colour.... oh please! Give it a break! Go down to your local car shop and get some spray paint cans, it looks a lot better. Of interest, if you want to go for something different, go on the internet and look up for some vynals. Since your laptop is white already, you can repaint your laptop with vynals. I mention this, as mainy UK Train Operating Companies are using these methods to apply house colours, without affecting the paint. It has a side effect of actually preserving the paint warranty on trains too (allegialy). Although it won't preserve the warranty on your laptop, it would protect it and give a different look, as well as being easy to remove. London operator, c2c, owned by the National Express Group repaint their trains this way, during 2003/4 when they changed their house colours, for the 4 car units, it took them less than a year to repaint the entire fleet using vynals. This is about 76 4-car unit trains however, covert that figure into carriages, of about 20m long, 2.82m wide and 3.77m heigh and you see why it was favored. As you can probably tell from my posts, yes, I am a UK rail nut, there was enough clues for that.
I hope however, this has given you more further thoughts in what to do, if you were to do things differently. Just DON'T jump into a project too soon, without consulting or thinking about it first or ask for a second opinion. You will make plenty of mistakes and ruin your equipment. HTHs. BTW, if you go for the repainting route and want to know how to take your iBook apart, try this guide, use whichever one appropiate, although it would help if you told us which iBook you have: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/iBook-G3-Clamshell/49/
(iBook Clamshell - very distinctive!) http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/iBook-G3-12-Inch/50/
(G3 iBook 12", iBook appears below the screen and has a semi transparent keynboard) http://www.ifixit.com/Categories/G3-14-Inch-iBook/51
(as above, but there is a small gap between the keyboard and the side of the computer) http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/iBook-G4-12-Inch/83/
(iBook G4 12", has the words G4 below the screen and a completely white keyboard) http://www.ifixit.com/Categories/G4-14-Inch-iBook/84
(As above and as the G3 iBook 14", also has the White keyboard.)