CD Bezel Disassembly and Vinyl Dying Guide
This guide shows how to
take apart a CD-ROM drives front bezel and how to go about changing your
drive color from beige to black by using a can of spray vinyl color. Shown
briefly in the $10
case make-over guide, this all new guide covers CD-ROM disassembly,
preparation and spraying... so simple that there's no excuse to settle for beige
drives. Below is the CD drive, a can of black Plasti-Kote vinyl color,
toothpick, paper clip, petroleum jelly and a flathead screwdriver.
Locate the small hole on the
drive face, take the paperclip and insert it into the hole as shown below.
Push the paper clip straight
into the hole and the drive will eject, pull the tray open.
Turn the drive over and look
at the bottom of the tray, the tray bezel almost always just pushes out at the
And it simply slides up and
off as shown below... set the tray bezel aside.
Locate the tabs that hold the
drive bezel in place, below circled in red, not all drives have the exact same
layout for the tabs, but the principle is the same on all drives and should be
easy to figure out.
Using the screwdriver push the
tabs in and gently pull the face plate out and away from the drive, once you get
any two tabs out the third is easy.
Wash the drives with mild soap
and water to remove any dirt or oils, allow to air dry completely.
Take the toothpick and dip the
end into the petroleum jelly, carefully coat the clear plastic LED indicator
taking care not to get any petroleum jelly on the bezel.
Time to spray... shake the can
of vinyl dye like crazy and give the drive a light first coat, it only takes
about ten minutes to set up enough that you can give it a more liberal second
coat. Below shows the drive face wet after two coats, inspect your drive
parts for light areas and give them a final touch up cover coat.
After the vinyl dye has
completely cured take a cotton swab and wipe the petroleum jelly and vinyl dye
off the plastic LED cover.
Before re-assembling the drive
take a black Sharpie marker and color the volume wheel. Slide the face
plate over the drive tray and lock the tabs back in place, slide the bezel back
onto the tray and push it back in... super sweet.
This mod is very simple and
takes little time/effort to pull off, vinyl dye can also be used to color the
entire case bezel as seen in the $10
case makeover guide and for most plastics I prefer it over paint.
Vinyl dye is available at auto parts stores in a limited range of colors, but it
doesn't crack, peel or scratch like paints, it's flexible and bonds with plastic
rather than sitting on top like primer and paint. It also dries a lot
faster than paint and is very forgiving if you spray a little too heavy, but it
does stink to high hell... so use a respirator and make sure you are outside
when spraying it.
Guide written by ARTbyTROY