Sick of the water oatmeal colour that a lot of components ship with as the default, or the wonderful yellowy colour of aged plastic?  It may seem counterintuitive, but picking up some dye can solve your woes.  Normally dye works on porous materials but certain types of automobile dyes are specifically designed for plastics.  The trick is a solvent which allows the dye to get into the plastic, as opposed to sitting on top of it where it can look uneven and will eventually get scratched.  The drawback is a loss of sheen, the solvent will remove some of the gloss from the surface as it dyes it; so make sure you aren’t aiming for a high gloss mod.  Drop by MAKE:Blog for suggestions.

“If you even remotely care about the aesthetics of your computer, you’ve probably wished at some point that one or more of your components were a different color. For instance, I prefer my computers to be basic black all over, but more than once have been driven to install a beige part because it was what I needed at the right price.

Up until this weekend, I didn’t think there was really anything to be done, short of making a mold of the offending part and recasting it in a different color plastic or resin, which is way too much work for such a small annoyance. There’s spraypaint, of course, but it’s tacky, IMHO; I can almost always identify a spray-painted surface, and although there are good spray paints for plastics on the market today, any kind of finish that leaves a coating on the surface can affect critical dimensional tolerances and impede fit or performance. And it may eventually wear off.”

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