First of all, my first mod I plan on using my old alienware and beefing up its appearance alittle by etching an alien in the side of it..
Things you will need:
1) Paint(if you want your engraving surace to be a different color)
I chose Mirage paint from Duplicolor (chameleon)
2) An engraver, I chose a dremel cuz there is no substitute.
3) Masking tape
4) Chalk (I used a very soft art chalk)
Step 1: The Plan
Step 2: Masking
Step 3: Painting
FYI: Its about 5 layers of paint and lots of sanding..
I ran out of the base color black for the mirage paint so... the paint I used for the later layers was a cheap 99 cent paint that you should never use because no matter how much i sanded i never got a flat surface.... but this little error actually ended up being ok... cuz it gave a nice textured surface... :)
Step 4: Chalking
I used prisma chalk (a soft art chalk) to mark all the designs on the flat paint before i started to etch...
At first I used a dry erase marker but the marker wouldn't erase. The only way to remove it was to use a small amount of thinner which smeared the red paint. DONT USE DRY ERASE****
Step 5: Etching
Step 6: Chalking Again
Step 7: Engraving and Finishing Up..
(I went over the bigger areas with some sandpaper about 220 grit to soften up the engraving lines)