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Any reason why I couldn't paint the outer case of a GTX 580 water block?
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depends on what paint you're using. One, waterblocks can get hot. Most paints don't really like to stick to metal either so they have tendency to flake and chip. You most likely need some heat resistant enamel paint that is approved for metal.
    
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^^The blocks don't get that hot, and not to the point of fearing the paint won't stick lol. It's not inside an engine compartment.

The only issue I would have is painting Acetal which is hard to stick to and acrylic which would probably be damaged it if you ever wanted to try and remove said paint.
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If it's acrylic, then you can just sand it down a bit and paint. With Acetal it's a big hard to get paint to stick properly.
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You can also try vinyl on the top cover, it looks ok and is non-permanent and it comes in many colors.
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for Acetal you need to sand it with 800 grit and use Krylon paint, they do make one of the best paints.
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I'm a permanent kind of guy and it really depends if you are doing design or full color. If it is just a simple design go with tsm106 and go to a local graphics shop and get it cut in vinyl
    
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