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"Blue Paddle" Wallstreet

After the success of the Tuxedo-less Wallstreet, the PowerBook G3 sat on the shelf for a while. Then Apple ditched the PowerPC for Intel! I had a bright idea: why not repaint my Wallstreet in a nice blue and apply a PowerPC logo prominently on the lid? I'd use it to make my own little statement on what I think about the Intel transition...

That's just what I did. I picked up a can of blue Krylon Fusion at the local crafts store and went to town. Along the way, I consumed some Blue Paddle Pilsener lager from New Belgium brewery. It's my favorite American Pilsener. That's where the name came from. I'm still not certain that's the right name for this modification, though, so maybe it will change at some point...

The Tools and Prep

To do this right, you really need to strip down the Wallstreet. That means you'll need a small Phillips head screw driver and a Torx T-6 screw driver. It also may help to have a small nylon pry tool or a small flat head screw driver to help separate the display bezel. Other than that, the only tools needed are some masking tape (I used the blue 3M masking tape for painters), spraypaint (Krylon Fusion works great), and a place to do the dirty deed.

I won't spend a long time describing in minute detail just how I masked out all the parts. I won't insult your intelligence, as this really ought to be completely self-evident. Let it suffice to say that I masked all the parts that I didn't think should be painted. The 3M tape is really fantastic - it forms a great seal and definitely stops any paint from slipping under. It's a little more expensive than the yellow stuff, but it is so much more effective. This is really a case of "you get what you pay for." Of course, I also completely stripped the PowerBook. I removed ALL the electronics and optical parts to make sure that I wouldn't inhibit the functionality of the PowerBook in any way.

For the PowerPC logo, I downloaded a logo from IBM's website, resized it, printed it, and used it as a template. I placed a strip of 3M tape along the back of the display and placed the enlarged logo over that. Pressing down heavily with a ballpoint pen, I traced out the logo's outline. This caused an indentation of the logo outline to form in the 3M tape. Finally, I retraced the outline of the logo in the tape with an X-Acto™ knife. This left a reverse stencil on the Wallstreet's lid so that the PowerPC logo would remain PowerBook grey while the rest of the PowerBook would be blue.

I then took it all out to the garage, and over the course of a beer (okay, a beer plus a few hours), I applied two coats of paint and allowed sufficient time for the PowerBook plastics to dry.

The Final Product
I'm really quite satisifed with the end results. I may be even just a little bit surprised. The last time I used Krylon Fusion it was on a PowerBook 5300 that I named the "RedBook 5300." The RedBook didn't come out as good as I had expected, partly because I was too impatient to wait for it to dry. This time I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, so I had plenty of patience. And the result was worth waiting for. Judge for yourself! Below are a few choice pictures.
If you're interested in more pictures, give the Blue Paddle gallery page a peek!


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