i'll post some when i have some spare time this week or this weekend. i used the duplicolor mirage paint (red and blue color shift) and i'm pretty happy with the results. it doesn't shift color as much as the kameleon paint or chromalusion, but i also spent a grand total of 30$ on the project instead of 300. the finish on it is mirror-like glossy and i haven't even buffed it yet.. no orange peel or flaws as i sanded frequently with 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit sandpaper except for one which is my own stupidity. i put one of the longer screws into a slot where the short ones go, and it ended up going through the laptop without me realizing it until it had already gone through a noticable portion of the plastic.. my bad... you'd think i'd notice that it wasn't going in easy or that it seemed too long.
just some things i noticed for anyone looking to take theirs completely apart:
if you're afraid about taking the compal apart, don't be.. just be organized with everything (i put all the parts with screws that held them in into plastic bags which i labeled with a magic marker). also i didn't have access to the service manual and i didn't have any problems putting it back together except for one thing where i forgot which order the black and white wires went (the ones that go from the LCD to the wireless adapter).. a quick look at rincewind's pic on the previous page answered that though, so no big deal.
another thing i was kind of iffy about until my stupidity faded was this metal thing in the back right corner of the laptop which came undone for some reason. it's there to lock the LCD into place by the screws in the back of the computer with the ports (there's two of them, one connected to each hinge). there's only one logical way it'll fit into place so it's easy to figure out really.
another note.. most cl56's i see with custom paintjobs paint over the brushed aluminum thing around the keyboard.. i just put masking tape over it and made a fine cut into the groove of it with a surgical blade (i'm sure a utility knife would function just as well here)... it came out really nice, no areas where the paint looks unnatural around the aluminum, so i'd recommend trying this instead of painting over it (i think it looks better this way anyways). i also found that it was easier to remove the tape before the paint dried too much, the more it dried, the more correction work i had to do around the corners (i noticed this because i removed some of the masking tape blocking areas 4 hours after painting and it came off perfect, then i removed some the next day when it was completely dry and it was kinda crappy and i had to sand it a minor bit with 2000 grit to make it look perfect).
the lever-type things which lock the lcd down, lock the cd drive in, lock the battery in... they're all spring based. just be careful when you take them apart. they're very basic and aren't remotely complex to put back together.
another problem i just remember which i had was the stupid rubber thing that tells the LCD to turn off when you close the laptop... what i had done to paint around it was push it in and put masking tape over the hole on the underneath - not the best idea in the world because it ended up bending the metal which held it in place, so it was permanently in a down position... you can't remove it either because if you do, these little stupid cap things pop off and it won't stick back in place ( i learned the hard way here). i put a few layers of superglue on it so it's this thick block of glue covering where it's connected to the laptop.. it's functioning fine so far, but i'm not sure this will continue to work for the long term. i'd try to find a better way around this stupid rubber thing, you'll have to figure something out here because i have no clue.
if anyone has questions just send me a PM.. everything's still fairly fresh in my mind still.