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I did some scratch testing on bare metal.

Sanded moderately at 320 grit, washed it, let it dry a day, wiped it with a damp cloth, painted about 4 primary layers of primer. I week drying time. Sanded lightly with 400 grit, cleaned, dried, and painted 4 players of paint. 1 week drying time. 800 grit extremely light sand. All of the above with clear coat, another 1 week of drying. No more sanding.
If I bring my nail to it and try to scrape it off, it feels like it scrapes to the bare metal too easily. Could upgrading to a self etching primer help? I am using Krylon regular paint (not Fusion). I heated the can in a bucket of warm water before use each time for an even coat.

I have to admit, it looks great, but I'm not comfortable with the durability of the paint... if this is just the standard of spray paint, I might be able to find a powdercoater locally. Would anyone here recommend this? What would be the approximate price quote for a full size HAF932 completely reriveted and disassembled in bare metal? Does powdercoating come in semi-gloss/satin? I'm really not a fan of shiny computers.
Or is it more worth it to get a new HAF932? The new revisions have black paint on the inside... I could always sell my current HAF or use it in another family build (my dad complains that his Antec 300 with 2 out of 4 fans off is too loud xD)
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I've personally never seen anything powder coated that wasn't super shiny.
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I've had superb results with Rustoleum Professional Grade Flat Black.

I used 2 coats of primer, lightly sanded (1000 grit). 4 coats of Flat Black, all but the last, wet sanded with wet/dry 1500 grit.
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watch that video it isnt mine credit goes too tjharlow
it shows wat paint u should use
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Originally Posted by rsfkevski View Post
I've had superb results with Rustoleum Professional Grade Flat Black.

I used 2 coats of primer, lightly sanded (1000 grit). 4 coats of Flat Black, all but the last, wet sanded with wet/dry 1500 grit.
Epic. I just was thinking about that.
Got any pics of the end quality? Start to most recent? Also, perhaps.. any damage? Scratches, kinks, discolorations, etc?

I don't abuse my computer or anything, but I don't feel safe with durability of some paints. It's almost like my paranoia of the 590 because if I can't trust it at 1000mV, how can I trust it at the stock voltage of 970mV?

A quick google of Krylon on metal didn't fare well. It turns out, indeed, Rustoleum is the clear winner on metal


Also, what the hell is self-etching primer and is it better than regular primer? On bare, sanded steel.
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