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Ok, so this isn't a case mod, but I have a question about painting my graphics card shroud thing (and I'm a complete modding/painting noob).

So right now I have an EVGA GTX 560 Ti and frankly the yellow stickers on the shroud are hideous (and don't fit with my blue/white/black theme I kind of have going on).

Now if I wanted to change this what would I have to do? Can I just remove the plastic shroud on the graphics card, take off the stickers and then get some spray paint that is made for plastic?

I would just take off the stickers and leave it at that, but the plastic is still just a dark gray color and I was thinking of having it either be flat black, or go crazy and paint it white (I have some white braided cable extensions that it would match). Is there a good brand of spray paint that you guys would recommend? and would I have to sand the plastic at all or could I just go at it? Also, would I have to worry about the heat of the graphics card messing with the paint?

Thanks a bunch everyone.
post #2 of 5
I would recommend buying an aftermarket hsf or get a used one off ebay or the marketplace here so you dont void your warranty.

Anyways, you are going to want to do some light sanding with some 600 grit and work your way up to 1000 grit.

Hang it up if you can and use 2 light coats of primer 20 minutes between the 2 coats. Let it dry for a day or 2. Then paint with 2-3 light coats of your choice of colored spray wait about 20 minutes between coats. You can put a clear coat on if you want but wait a couple days for it to dry completely before doing it then another couple of days for that to dry before installing it.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
hmm...that's pretty complicated, maybe I will just buy an aftermarket hsf lol, more money but much quicker and easier.

Thanks for info.
post #4 of 5
Nah, not complicated at all. If you can easily get the shroud off (on my 480 it's super easy) and get the stickers off, it's pretty simple. Just get some Krylon Fusion (or equivalent) and spray a few light coats until you're satisfied (follow the directions on the can). After a day or so it should be perfectly fine to put back on. smile.gif
post #5 of 5
Make sure you use like paints. Enamel and Laquer paints don't mix real well, and laquer clear coats are some of the better clear coats on the market. Simple rule of thumb,

Lacquer first then enamel over lacquer =no problem
enamel first, Lacquer over enamel= peeling and death
The lacquer will eat and dissolve the oil based(enamel) paint

Or if you want a high gloss finish, just use krylon fusion like tramp said.
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