Based on feedback from this forum (thanks guys!), I tried the vinyl dye method of changing a new DVD drive to black. I had always paid the premium price to buy black drives, but NO MORE! The Plastikote vinyl dye you pick up at Pep Boys, etc. does a fantastic job of converting an ivory drive to black. The dye actually goes into the plastic, unlike paint which sits on top. Even if you make it "run", the dye gets absorbed and the runs disappear. The dye method is the only way to go. My results were "factory" quality. Take off the faceplate and small panel at the edge of the drive if it isn't a slot load to dye them off the drive. You get stellar, professional results that way.
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