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donkeyruler 
27/5/08 4:14:00 PM
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Hey, me and my mate are thinking of messing with our cases. their cheapo no name atx cases. We're thkinking of spraying them black all over, inside and out.

Was just wodnerout how to go about this, because we have never ever done this to a case, or used spray cans in general.

Should we do a white coat before black first off so the black sets in better or something? is there a spray we need to get that helps the black go on better. and how many coats of black should we be doing?

Any help would be awesome cos i know shit all lol.

Cheers.

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Khirareq 
27/5/08 5:01:00 PM
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http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/article.asp?SCID=18&CIID=83534&p=1

This, and all the others on the internet you can find - Read them you should

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donkeyruler 
27/5/08 6:30:25 PM
Master

Ahk, sweet! cheers for that buddy.

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TheFrunj 
27/5/08 6:34:17 PM
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As a rule you should sand down the surface first, to give the paint something to stick to.

And if you want the absolute best result, a small sand inbetween layers of paint. But don't do it too vigorously, make sure you only take a small amount off.

Make sure that the paint is 100% dry before you do anything to it as well.

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c0nc0n 
30/5/08 6:06:27 PM
Champion

Well I've give you a quick run down on my case painting.

This is awesomely helpful:
http://www.mnpctech.com/case-mod-paint-computer-pc-case-mod-how-to1.html

A few pointers: When working with spraypaint, before use put the can into a bucket of hot water to warm up the paint. Shake often, before, during and after. Shake after it warms up in the water and then shake again just before you use. When finished, turn the can upside down and spray until it turns clear to prevent clogging.

Sand as much as you can with something like a 100grit sandpaper. And with corners etc use 250+grit to take out corners without making your case all wonky edged. Once you've done about 95%, get some primer and spray about 2 - 3 light coats of it GO SLOW. Rather light than heavy because you can go over it again, I made that mistake. Let the primer dry for at least 24 hours in a well ventilated area but hopefully free of dust. I was really fortunate to have access to a painting room at the local uni because my girlfriend's dad is senior lecturer in industrial design.

When the primer has dried, apply a few light layers of your colour of choice and dry for about 30 minutes. Do this about 3 times and leave to dry 24 - 48 hours. Repeat this step 2 - 3 times. On your third time, get a hand sanding block and wrap some 400grit wet/dry sandpaper. And lightly take off any inperfections and heavier bits in your painting. If you find that you're taking too much off, don't worry just as long as you don't sand down to your primer. Once you're happy, spray again a few more coats and leave to dry 24 hours.

Note this is only for the side panels. The interior should be fine without this step.
Grab a 800grit wet/dry sandpaper sheet with the hand sanding block and take out all the rough bits. Once done, put on 3-5 light layers of paint onto it again lol. Repeat with 1200 grit wet/dry sandpaper and then 1500grit. You can go all the way to 2000grit if you want a highly reflective finish.

Leave your paint to fully cure for 1-2 weeks. After this, run your hand over the finish and see if you can feel for any inperfections. If you can, then you've probably gone wrong with your initial layers or colour or the primer, you don't need to start again if you don't mind. Go grab some rubbing compound and rub it into the paint to bring out the shine. Repeat for each side panel about 4-5 applications, this takes time and patience. Let it fully soak in for overnight then get something like 3M hand glaze and apply that everyday for a month or so to bring out shine.

Optional: After this period, get some car wax and rub that into your case. Your case would be VERY shiny :)




Edited by c0nc0n: 30/5/2008 06:17:31 PM


Edited by c0nc0n: 31/5/2008 11:51:29 AM

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donkeyruler 
30/5/08 9:22:21 PM
Master

Wow holy crap man! Thanks heaps for all that info! thats helped stax!!!

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c0nc0n 
31/5/08 11:51:07 AM
Champion

No problems, don't follow the guide to the word naturally. I think it's accurate enough for you to follow quite thoroughly though.

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