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Safe to spraypaint a wireless card?

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I want to do an all black/white/blue themed computer build...but the green PCB of pretty much every wireless card would kill it, and I'd rather not get an external wireless adapter. Anyway, is it safe to spraypaint the PCB of a wireless card? I've seen a few examples of people spraypainting motherboards and whatnot, but I'd just like to make sure, especially since I don't know how hot a wireless card can get. Is there a specific paint I should use, if anything?
post #2 of 12
You could use paint on electrical tape like corkydorklenson has done with a sound card on his Shinobeast mod. Check it out
post #3 of 12
tbh im not sure if paint would mess with the card or not.. can you find non conductive paint?
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post #4 of 12
most paint is nonconductive... doesn't even conduct heat very well so if the component runs hot, paint will make it worse.
Just spray a piece of cardboard with a thick glob of whatever paint you plan to use, let it cure well, and stab it with a DMM to test it's conductivity.
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Most latex paints are non-conductive; alternatively, you could pray it with Plasti-Dip
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could cover it in some kind of finish first. some people use nail polish on motherboards. maybe do a base coat of nail polish.

or get a film like this:
http://www.mnpctech.com/Blue_MetalFlake_Vinyl_Film.html
http://www.mnpctech.com/Black_Vinyl_Film.html
http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber.html

if your card has a casing on it like mine does (i have this one:

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Edited by Skoobs - 6/19/11 at 6:27pm
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you could just cover up the card in something then paint that.
    
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It should be fine, but not sure. I wouldn't unless it's a cheep card.
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post #9 of 12
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could cover it in some kind of finish first. some people use nail polish on motherboards. maybe do a base coat of nail polish.

or get a film like this:
http://www.mnpctech.com/Blue_MetalFlake_Vinyl_Film.html
http://www.mnpctech.com/Black_Vinyl_Film.html
http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber.html

if your card has a casing on it like mine does (i have this one: Amazon.com: D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme N Wireless PCI Adapter: Electronics)
I think that's actually the same card I intend to get, but I'm not concerned about the black/white casing of it, I'm concerned about the green PCB on the back of it.

And what I may end up doing is seeing if I can get a plastic/acrylic or metal cover made to fit over it, kinda like on the X-Fi Titanium HD or Fatal1ty, but have it go over the back too.
post #10 of 12
My gut wants to say "I don't see any problems with this" but my mind says "wait a sec --- really? You can't find a SINGLE issue to address with this scenario???"

My opinion after giving it far more thought than it deserves :

Wireless cards are cheap cheap cheap. I have a high range, high power (500mw), great chipset, fairly high end PCI wireless card -- and if I recall correctly - at its peak of popularity (its a desirable backtrack / wireless "playing" card) it was like 30 dollars. Normal range common use cards are available for like 1/3 this price. This means either:
a)try it out and if it stops working right / overheats / takes an unexplained dump - you just replace it and lesson learned or
b) go buy a cheap card to test out and see what happens with the test card -- possibly sparing your everyday wireless card out of potential harm's way.

Whatever you decide --- Please let us know with both an update post AND pix. I've gotta admit - I'm curious. But make sure you don't pull a "herp derp" rookie mistake and use conductive paint and ruin the test~
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