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I'm planning on spray painting the interior of my Lian-Li PC-A05NB tomorrow. I've never done this before so any tips/advice? for example; I know I have to do multiple coats, but how many and how long is the dry period between coat? is clear coat necessary? I'd like a matte black finish and I'm pretty sure the clear coat would make things shiny.
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Make sure it is completely clean first. Then you might want to spray some adhesion promoter. You will probably want to apply multiple coats of paint, just make sure you spray light coats. Wait about 15 minutes and then spray another coat. Continue that process until you have everything covered and you think it looks good enough. Id leave it overnight before installing anything back in it. And no, you dont need a clear coat if you want a matte black finish. Just buy a matte black can of paint and adhesion promoter and that should be all you need. Good luck.

EDIT: Also, make sure you dont put the can too close to the surface you are painting or else you will make the paint run and it will look like crap. Stay about 6-8" away and just go nice and easy. The lighter the coats, the less chance of having the paint run. Take your time, dont rush it.
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I was told by a few users I should sand the case for better adhesion? should I try this or go for a spray-on adhesion promoter

EDIT: would this do?

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en
Edited by Modus - 4/27/11 at 6:06pm
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Sanding is a food idea but you could get away without sanding it if you use the promoter. Yeah that paint should be ok.

This is the adhesion promoter I use and had good results with....
http://duplicolor.com/products/adhesionPromoter/
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Can't seem to find any adhesion promoter product on CanadaTires.ca(only place near me). Sanding might be my only option? what grit should I use for aluminium?
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Originally Posted by Modus View Post
Can't seem to find any adhesion promoter product on CanadaTires.ca(only place near me). Sanding might be my only option? what grit should I use for aluminium?
Check an autoparts store, not a tire shop. If you must sand then go with some fine grit like 1000-1500.
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clean it real well(i used brake cleaner) and used self-etching primer on my HAF 932 interior. its holding up well even with swapping drives, opening side panels etc...
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Here, many different painting threads and tips in there.

http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...resources.html
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Before you begin
Some basic thing to know about how to spray.
*Spray a slow even coat but dont spray so slowly that the paint drips.
*Hold the can about 8-10 inches away from the surface you are spraying,
*Do a couple layers each time. spraying in different directions each time.
*note that once your can has about 1/4 of a can left it will start to sputter and spray unevenly because the aerosol is running out. You can combat this by running the can under some hot water. This will cause the aerosol to expand and to the bottom of a can and increase the pressure in the can.
*primer is a must(unless your paint is self-priming) it helps keep you paint stuck to the case and prevents it from chipping off.
Lets say you want to do a white job with a black racing stripe.

1) take your 220 grit and rough up all of the surfaces you want to paint( this will allow the paint to stick better. Then you need to clean the places you want to paint. to do this take some rubbing alchohol on a rag and wipe down all the places you wish to paint. Do it a few times and let it dry off for a couple hours

2) buy some primer and spray the case using the aforementioned techniques. one or two coats should do. let it sit for a minimum of 6 hours, placed in the son light if you can.

3)Take your black paint and spray a few coats, leaving about 30-45 minutes to dry in between coats. Then let it sit for a day then lightly sand with 500grit or higher, make sure to sand in alternating directions. The more you sand the paint the smoother it will look, but if you sand too much you could sand right through the paint exposing the primer underneath.

4) The next thing you should do is clean it. Don't use alchohol whatever you do! use soapy water on a rag instead. allow it to dry for a day. Then measure out the racing strip you want and place masking tape over the area where you want the racing stripe to be.

5) Time to spray again. its time for the white, so do a few coats then let it sit for a a day. Now its time to sand. Place fresh tape over the racing stripe. then take the 500grit like you did before and lightly sand the white.

6) repeat cleaning with soapy water and allow it to dry for a day.

7) Buy some clearcoat form your local homedepot and spray a few coats like you did with the paint. (the clear coat makes your paint really shiny and keeps you paint from rubbing or chipping off) let dry for a few days. I would say sand with 1500grit to polish the finish up and your done!

Ya...maybe not so simple, but this will make your case look legit The key to having a nice paintjob is to take your time. This maybe the hardest thing to do, but it will save you the most work in the long run; because if you screw up, you almost always have to restart from scratch


And if a week of painting is too long, you can always save a couple days by painting one color and only sanding before and after all of the spraying.

Its pretty late. I may have left something out, so let me know if anything seems out of place. any questions? lemme know.


you wont need to use clearcoat, or do any sanding in between coats. I just see so many painting threads I just copy and paste this guide every time I see one lol
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Originally Posted by (mirror)52-D.S.L. View Post
Before you begin
Some basic thing to know about how to spray.
*Spray a slow even coat but dont spray so slowly that the paint drips.
*Hold the can about 8-10 inches away from the surface you are spraying,
*Do a couple layers each time. spraying in different directions each time.
*note that once your can has about 1/4 of a can left it will start to sputter and spray unevenly because the aerosol is running out. You can combat this by running the can under some hot water. This will cause the aerosol to expand and to the bottom of a can and increase the pressure in the can.
*primer is a must(unless your paint is self-priming) it helps keep you paint stuck to the case and prevents it from chipping off.
Lets say you want to do a white job with a black racing stripe.

1) take your 220 grit and rough up all of the surfaces you want to paint( this will allow the paint to stick better. Then you need to clean the places you want to paint. to do this take some rubbing alchohol on a rag and wipe down all the places you wish to paint. Do it a few times and let it dry off for a couple hours

2) buy some primer and spray the case using the aforementioned techniques. one or two coats should do. let it sit for a minimum of 6 hours, placed in the son light if you can.

3)Take your black paint and spray a few coats, leaving about 30-45 minutes to dry in between coats. Then let it sit for a day then lightly sand with 500grit or higher, make sure to sand in alternating directions. The more you sand the paint the smoother it will look, but if you sand too much you could sand right through the paint exposing the primer underneath.

4) The next thing you should do is clean it. Don't use alchohol whatever you do! use soapy water on a rag instead. allow it to dry for a day. Then measure out the racing strip you want and place masking tape over the area where you want the racing stripe to be.

5) Time to spray again. its time for the white, so do a few coats then let it sit for a a day. Now its time to sand. Place fresh tape over the racing stripe. then take the 500grit like you did before and lightly sand the white.

6) repeat cleaning with soapy water and allow it to dry for a day.

7) Buy some clearcoat form your local homedepot and spray a few coats like you did with the paint. (the clear coat makes your paint really shiny and keeps you paint from rubbing or chipping off) let dry for a few days. I would say sand with 1500grit to polish the finish up and your done!

Ya...maybe not so simple, but this will make your case look legit The key to having a nice paintjob is to take your time. This maybe the hardest thing to do, but it will save you the most work in the long run; because if you screw up, you almost always have to restart from scratch


And if a week of painting is too long, you can always save a couple days by painting one color and only sanding before and after all of the spraying.

Its pretty late. I may have left something out, so let me know if anything seems out of place. any questions? lemme know. a


you wont need to use clearcoat, or do any sanding in between coats. I just see so many painting threads I just copy and paste this guide every time I see one lol
thank you for the extremely detailed post! I'm abit confused on the primer though. s liljoejoe45 stated, I checked out a paint store(Home Depot) instead and they have different types of primer. Is their a specific one I'm looking for?

here's the website, if you could point out which one would work I'd be grateful.

http://www.homedepot.ca/
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