This guy dyed the major case parts of his factory-white MacBook bright orange using Rit fabric dye (and swapped out some other bits with a factory-black model) to create this cool custom color scheme. This method is known in the modding community, but “The Brain” has improved on its speed and consistency for glossy parts by adding a preparatory sanding step. [via Hack a Day]


Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • arnold weber


    i got a mac book pro and i want to ask, how i can make the aluminium case black.

    which chemicals do i need for, what´s working best ?

    thx 4 support, arnold

  • jamesB

    You might try searching on DIY annodizing aluminum. That or use a Sharpie.

  • Craig Harding

    Doesn’t Rit make a burnt orange dye? Or would Annoying State University (UT) charge a fee for that?