Happily yes they do make a satin dover white which is the one I was intending to go for ...
Interesting. I had a look at that Krylon Fusion Dover White but could only find mention of it with a gloss finish, whereas satin would be the ticket
Dover White #2322 (I assume this is gloss but it doesn't specify)
Satin Dover White #2422
I've used Plastikote previously whilst painting laptop casings and car trims, it does give a great looking finish but it didn't wear at all in my case, I did prepare everything with wet and dry and plastic primer too so I was a bit disapointed with that at the time. I moved on to trying automotive celulose rattle cans preparing the surface first with plastic primer and flatting off between coats with wet and dry 1200 grit before finally applying clear. The results were excellent but the trouble with celulose paint is that it never really cures or hardens as well as you need it so that it'll be hard wearing. Ideally it should be professionally painted with for example a 2 pac paint but that's far too expensive. I did once have a pc case painted proffesionally by someone I was doing some work for in 2000. That lasted many years of full use without a blemish.
Plastikote paint is good, though, and is available in a wide range of colours. "Ice Cream" (Satin) is what I used to paint a 1084S, and I was very happy with the result. Moreover, the paint finish (which I understand to be a plastic layer which bonds to the original surface beneath) has proved to extremely durable (after all, heavy monitors tend to get swivelled and banged around a bit).
Yes this is the big thing really, it's acceptable I think for a laptop casing or a customised console to be painted for example but I agree with you fully, I don't want my original computer equipment to look painted, I just want to restore the plastic to it's original colour. When painting the XE I just used grey plastic primer only so it didn't have the appearance of being painted. Ideally I would want to match the colour perfectly but It was acceptable against the correct XE colour of its new keyboard so it was a compromise I could live with and a far cry from having it looking a miserable yellow mess
This bodes well for an XL paint job, although I think lots of practice-runs on discarded cases would be required before attempting a 1200XL. The colour match would be pretty spot-on, though. That said, I'm still reluctant to consider the paint-job, since painted things always "look" painted, even if you have to get pretty close up to tell. Like I say, though, I think some practice / evaluation on some old wrecks is required.
I have a couple of discoloured XE's in storage so I might give Plastikote another try if the Krylon doesn't work out as well as I'm hoping.
As for XEs: I can see the wisdom in painting those, since they're often difficult to successfully de-yellow without blooming. Plastikote, once again, do a nice XE shade in satin which I used to paint the 3.5" drive bay adapter in one of my XF551s.
I took the easy option and bought a bunch of new ones
Keyboards are always gonna be a problem (except with XLs), however. The XE keyboards yellow like Hell and there's not much you can do with them other than repeatedly peroxide them or buy new ones. Protectants are likely to chip and wear, and you can't really paint them either.
Yes that'd be excellent, without the fire retardant added to the plastic manufacturing process we'd never have had this problem.
perfect long-term solution, of course, is for somebody to make an injection mould from a cast of an original case and produce new ones from non-yellowing plastic.