Introduction: Plasti Dip a Lap Desk

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I purchased a Brookstone eComfort Lap Desk because I liked the shape, size and sturdiness of the design. I didn't like, however, the faux wood grain finish of the work surface. Besides the faux appearance, the surface is quite slippery and my laptop easily slides around on it. After seeing some of the things you can do with Plasti Dip, I decided to try it out on my desk.

Step 1: Mask Off Bean Bag Fabric

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I decided it was best to have the Plasti Dip wrap around well past the edge of the under-side of the lap board to help prevent peeling from the exposed edge. I masked off the fabric with saran wrap and tape. I used painter's tape, but plain masking tape should work fine too.

Step 2: Spray the Under Side

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I suggest spraying in a clean, yet well ventilated area. I sprayed in a garage with the door open. If done outdoors I would wait until the wind is very calm. The wet Plasti Dip is quite prone to picking up stray pieces of hair, bits of leaves, etc. I sprayed 3 coats, waiting about 30 minutes after each coat for the previous one to dry.

Step 3: Spray the Top

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After about an hour or so, I flipped over the desk and sprayed the work surface. Again, I sprayed 3 coats.

Step 4: Finish Up

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After allowing the coating to dry/cure overnight I was ready to remove the masking. I found that it was necessary to score the edge along the tape with a sharp knife to force the coating to separate at the edge otherwise it just wanted to start peeling in a sheet. In the pictures you can see a dog hair that unfortunately got trapped in the last coat on the work surface.

I'm really happy with the finished look of the Plasti Dip coating desk. The matte black contrasts great with my Macbook. The surface if also much more grippy so the laptop no longer slides around. I can tilt the desk to almost 45 degrees before the begins to slide.

I'm not quite as happy with the durability as I've noticed a couple of issues. This morning I found a nick on the front edge that goes all the way down to the underneath surface. The Plasti dip also seems to have an affinity for the rubber feet under the Macbook and small bumps are appearing where the feet contact the coating. If I were doing over (and I can! all I have to do it peel off the old!), I would probably apply more coats and wait longer between coats.

Comments

arretx (author)2014-01-03

Would the resulting surface texture be suitable as a substitute surface for a mouse-pad? My desk is too slick and my mouse-pad slides around. I was thinking about this stuff to coat the desk so stuff would sit still and so the mouse would actually work directly on the desk.

TMiller51 (author)arretx2014-01-26

The texture might be too grippy for a mouse pad surface I think. Another problem I've noticed after using my lap desk for a while is that the edges of the Plasti dip tend to lift and curl back if they are rubbed on. Unfortunately the Plasti dip isn't as durable as I had hoped, I may try re-coating with something that should be more durable like truck-bed liner.

nadrian (author)2013-12-22

Cool mod, I bet it would be better that way. If you have to do it again you might try roughing up the surface for better adhesion then clean with denatured alcohol.

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