I'm x to the z xzibit and i'm here to pimp your case v.lighting/interior paint

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  1. Neuman

    Neuman New Member

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    so i'm rocking this guy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119077 with a cold cathode lighting kit running horizontal across the bottom and vertical across the rear of the inside of the clear side panel.

    i've been toying with the idea for a while now of spray painting the inside of my case flat black or something that is uber non-reflective. my hopes in doing this is to make the motherboard "pop" more, being the main focal point inside the case rather than the surrounding metallic case, bay trays, etc.
    anyone had any experience with this? seen this? heard about this? :wavey:

    uber geeky, yes. just a hobby/a cheap change to make.

    thanks for any info.
     
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    The key is how well the paint will stick.

    1. Sand the interior surface lightly
    2. Clean-up
    3. Spray base coat primer
    4. Use Epoxy Enamel (Krylon, Plastikote)
    5. Wait to dry
    6. Buffer/polish/wax (optional)

    That's for the metal parts.

    For the plastic parts, use lexan paint.
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    +1, Doom.

    The big key of painting any surface, is always the primer.

    Even with plastics, they make a spray that preps the surface so the paint will adhere better.
    I used to hangout at my friends body shop, but I can't for the life of me remember what the spray was called.
    You could probably just call a local NAPA store and ask. Most likely they would have the stuff in a spray can.
     
  4. Neuman

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    awesome. sounds like quite the process.

    what do you guys think of this idea anyway? anyone seen this done?
     
  5. Doomsday

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    I'm not a fan of LED/UV/Cathode lights, plus when I buy a case, I also consider the finish.

    So to me, it's a waste of time. But don't let me stop you though.

    A lot of enthusiasts/case modders do this.
    I've seen very nice cases if done correctly.

    here's one sample, though he painted the whole chasis.

    orig:
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    painted:
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    btw, some folks use vinyl film instead of painting
    a favorite is that carbon fiber look
     
  7. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    agreed to what was said above, just make sure you give enough drying time. 1-2 days between coats is good. Definitely if you want to sand between coats to get the overspray to a minimum. I did my case and it turned out great.

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    The exterior was professionally done btw, I am not that good.
     
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    if the case is aluminium or galvanised you're gonna need an etch primer on there to make it durable.
     
  9. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    mine is aluminum and it is holding after 4 months. But I gave it a long ass time to cure before even trying to put anything inside it.
     
  10. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    hey, my work has the same exact case as the OP.
     
  11. Neuman

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    do you happen to work at h power computing?
     
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    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    no, a private computer repair company contracted to repair military soldier's computers on base.
     
  13. Neuman

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    right on. i have an IT related contract with pearl harbor :wiggle:
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    My case is lined with foam.
     

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