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@ -41,6 +41,19 @@ The cons of paint are:
- Harder to fix mistakes
- Higher price
One "paint" that [some people][pdip] use on old ThinkPads is PlastiDip, It is
a rubber coating paint that goes on without preparation and can be peeled off.
It has the best of both worldsm, the ability to apply multiple coats while
requiring no prep and being easily removable.
Also, as seen in the video, the wear does not peel it like vinyl wrap, instead
it "scrapes" off like paint which looks much better. Lastly I think that the
texture and feeling is much closer to the original as with the vinyl.
Unfortunately PlastiDip is not sold in my country (Italy) but there are some
alternatives, or even resellers that import the original from America. Either
way I have to research more alternatives and choose the best one, maybe even try
some.
## Using vinyl wraps
Vinyl wrap films are thin, sticky, texturized sheets of plastic which one can
@ -65,6 +78,29 @@ Cons of Vinyl wraps are:
- More limited color palette
- Very few "good" brands/options
Two big cons of vinyl wraps are:
1. Texture, since I would be using automotive wraps they are going to be as
smooth as possible (I imagine); this is not good for a laptop since it will
attract more fingerprints and in general make the whole thing feel worse
to the touch, there is a reason why originally Lenovo went with a rubber
finiss.
2. Damage is worse on vinyl; with paint if you scratch it at worst you reveal
the material under it, in most cases you uncover the coat underneath. With
vinyl wraps, since it is basically a big sticker, bumps and scratches
risk peeling part of the wrap out, making it obvious it is not a real paint
job.
Another consideration is thickness, my plan for vinyl is to apply it on the
completely disassembled laptop, in order to wrap a bit on the parts that are
"internal" to the assembly, basically squeezing it to prevent it coming off.
With a sheet that is close to a millimeter thick there is just not enough
tollerance to comfortably fit it in between seems.
Lastly, one thing peculiar about the x301 are the port icons on the up side,
they wear out easily but I really want to recreate them if possible. This would
require painting on the vinyl, which I don't think can be done properly.
Vinyl wrap options:
1. 3M brand, sets the standard for all things adhesive, widely used in the
@ -93,3 +129,4 @@ Here are some shades that I really liked:
[3m1080]: https://www.3mitalia.it/3M/it_IT/commercio-e-servizi-it/new-car-wrapping-colours-1080/
[3m2080]: https://www.3mitalia.it/3M/it_IT/p/d/b5005081006/
[deadmatte]: https://www.sirvisual.it/3m-wrap-film-serie-2080/3m-wrap-film-2080dm12-dead-matte-black!0-9223
[pdip]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ1HCSXNHX8

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