The Bronze SE/30

The bronze SE/30From 1984 through April 1987, all Macs were beige. Then Apple introduced "platinum," a more business-like gray.

That wasn't enough, as we all discovered with the iMac in May 1998. But Steve Jobs wasn't alone in his discovery that people wanted colorful computers; Gary Thornton made that discovery. The end result is his bronze SE/30.

No, Gary didn't really have his Mac bronzed. Instead, he carefully disassembled and painted it. If you'd like to own a Mac of a different color, he's provided full instructions (with photos) on disassembling and painting the SE or SE/30.

Keep in mind that this is a time-consuming project. Not only do you have to disassemble and reassemble a computer, you may also need to apply several coats of paint, waiting for each to dry before adding the next.

In addition to the "bronzed" SE/30, Gary has a photo of a "stealth" SE/30 on his site - this one painted flat black.

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