reflection of a tree in a high gloss paint job
reflection of a tree in a high gloss paint job

My 4yr old laptop – a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro – suffered a system board failure a couple months ago. I really liked the laptop. It was powerful “enough”, thin & lightweight, and very flexible. I considered buying the latest version but settled on a desktop machine – trading portability for horsepower.

I missed the laptop enough that I started surfing eBay for a replacement. I surmised I might get lucky and find an “as-is” auction that had a good system board but needed some part that I could salvage from my old one. I found just such a purchase.

After getting everything working I decided I wanted the rebuilt laptop to be “a little unique” so, while it was still disassembled, I painted it.

The photo is not an airbrushed scene of Sir Tree and the sun. It’s a reflection in the gloss white finish.

The process was pretty standard. I stripped and sanded the case top. I applied a couple coats of primer followed by sanding at 800 grit. I sprayed several coats of white and sanded with 1000 grit and 1500 grit. I finished with several coats of clear coat, sanded with 1500 grit and then buffed at 3000 grit and polished.