DIY: Laptop skin

Hello painters!

So, last week I took some time off to deal with a very real problem that was troubling me… My laptop’s terrible, terrible condition! And if you want to get a better idea of what I’m talking about, here:

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Those are some pretty scary before photos, huh? This is what happens when you try to clean your laptop with alcohol – it destroys the paint. So a word of advice from a friend who loves you: DON’T USE RUBBING ALCOHOL ON YOUR COMPUTER!!! Here’s what I use these days:


It’s a cleaning kit I bought in an electronics store. The microfiber cloth is really, really fantastic! It doesn’t leave any marks behind on your screen, so it looks brand new! You know, until you touch it again. Can’t have it all, can we?

If your laptop is also in desperate need of a little fix-me-up, here’s what you start with: get yourself some adhesive paper (mine’s from Tiger), a ruler, a pair of scissors, an x-acto knife and – the hardest material to find – a pencil!


Now that you have your supplies, just cut a piece of the paper in a rectangular shape, big enough to fit the surface of your laptop that you want to cover (if you want to cover several, just repeat this process for each piece). Then, put the paper over that surface and trace the outline with your pencil. Do it slowly and be as accurate as you can!

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Next step is just to cut the outline you traced. Then, with the backing paper still on, place it over the area of your laptop we are trying to improve – but don’t glue it just yet! We just want to see if everything lines up or if you need to adjust some little details. Once again, slow and accurate is key!

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Now that you’ve gotten a taste of how this is going to look, you’re just going to take the backing paper off of the adhesive and stick down to your laptop. Go slowly – right now, there’s no such thing as perfectionism! 😛

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After getting your paper to stick, you just go back with the x-acto knife and cut off any excess edges. Very gently push down the edges of the paper into the small ridges and openings of the keyboard. You need be very careful so you don’t damage your laptop – or yourself!

My last step was to repeat everything for the mouse buttons! I just cut two small pieces and redid the whole process.

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And that’s that, guys! Let me know how it turned out for you 🙂

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Stay awesome,


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