We all know that when painting anything, from metals to sheetrock, one should sand then use a primer to treat the surface prior to painting, as to assure a flake free paint job afterwards.
As hardware nerds, modders, lover's of fine case art, we spend tons on high quality paints (12$ a can for textured duplicolor anyone?), just as expensive clears, wet-dry sandpaper in grits that most hardware store people don't even know exist and even those little 3M scrubby things that double up as pan scrubbers once your done prepping your cases with em'. Properly painting a case is an expensive project when you want it to look good, and let's face it, dollar-scraping cheapos like me who try and cut corners to save a few dimes always end up either buying the real stuff after the cheap replacement has failed, or rocking a ****ty paint job at their next LAN party.
My friends, I must admit, I am a sinner. Fr0stbyte's rebuild (I won't even bother linking, the log is half done and pretty gay) was a total flop (well almost), partially because I had done my surface preparation in a hurry, and partially because I didn't prime. However, I took this failure as a occasion to learn from my mistakes. I told to myself, never again will I skip some steps.
And guess what I did today? I set myself up for painting my Rocketfish as a part of Project Bloody Bridget, and seeing that I didn't have any primer, I went out to my local hardware store (the small banner kind), and grabbed a can of generic primer. It said metal on it, it's cool, right? NOT.
Prepped the surface, took it outside, sprayed it up. Let it dry for a couple of hours, came back, and the damned primer had choked up on me. The stuff was on the metal, no doubt about it, but as soon as I touched it, blowed on it or whatever, it just flew away from the metal, like I had sprayed talcum on my case and not primer. So I'll be sanding my ass off to get it all off, and I just chucked 8$ at the window.
Moral of this story: never, ever cut corners, on ANYTHING. Regular primer doesn't do it for cases. If your local home hardware doesn't carry good quality primer, like Duplicolor's Self-Etching, don't settle for the cheap stuff, keep looking. In the end, you'll walk out of it a winner.
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