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This is a biginner tutorial writtin by a beginner(not a good speller at that!)
This is how i started to gain knowlege on skinning gimp (the windows version).

Step 1) Viste and download the Mechanics theme Mechanics.

step 2)copy contents of archive to C:\Program Files\GIMP\share\gimp\1.2\.gimp-1.2.User or C:\GIMP\share\gimp\1.2\.gimp-1.2.User (depending on where gimp is instaled to) and allow the archive to overwrite files.

step 3) start gimp and view your newly skined gimp.
You Newly skined Gimp