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Painting a P180's side panels?

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So, I recently got a P180 for free. Unfortunately, it's in pretty sad condition with scratches everywhere on the side panels. Since the metal is kind of matte, I'm kind of wondering how you paint this stuff since I don't think it's quite the same as just sanding off the old paint.

Help for a first time modder?

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 ASUS P5E64 WS EVOLUTION MSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Western Digital Caviar Green Western Digital Caviar Green Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 HP Lightscribe DVD+RW Burner Thermaltake Frio Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell 23" SP2309W Dell 20" 2007FP IBM (Lexmark) Model M Antec NeoPower Blue 650W 
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Slightly Modded P180B Logitech G500 Rocketfish SoundMAX Integrated S/PDIF 
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Well, powder coating isn't really an option since there's a layer of plastic in there. I'd say get some chemical stripper and strip off whatever that is down to bare metal. Then use some self-etching primer and repaint it.

Failing that, just sand it down and use some high-build primer in layers, sanding between each coat until it's perfectly flat.
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