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Conductive paint will bridge connections that shouldn't be bridged, that's why it should never be used on electronic circuits as a coating. It would be like covering your board in conductive water, and unremovable. Contacts should never be painted, it would hinder the connection.

Maybe a roller brush would do good for painting your heatsink edges.
Okay, so lastly, should I use thermal paint, like for spraying on radiators?

And why can't I cover the pins with conductive paint? It would bridge the connection.

Oh, and should I use acrylic or oil-based paint?
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Okay, so lastly, should I use thermal paint, like for spraying on radiators?

And why can't I cover the pins with conductive paint? It would bridge the connection.

Oh, and should I use acrylic or oil-based paint?
You don't absolutely need thermal paint,

Actually now that I think about it I don't know if the high temp paint is necessary. It's not like it's reaching hundreds of degrees C.

Three reasons you shouldn't use conductive paint.
1. It wouldn't allow for a clean connection between the contacts, since it would likely be resistive.
2. It would bridge not only the pins, but BETWEEN connections. For example if you sprayed a stick of RAM it would bridge every single pin on the RAM stick, not good.
3. It's expensive and doesn't even come in white (lol)

As far as the paint base, I'd suggest acrylic. Oil is less environmentally friendly, has very irritating fumes, and more likely to crack/fade over time.

Depending which paint you choose, I'd definitely test it to make sure it won't kill your electronics. Are you using spray paint or brush on paint? Spray paint will look much nicer and leave all the lines and details on your electronics. Brush on will kind of fill everything in like glue and might look messy. My vote goes out to spray paint. Whatever you choose, I'd suggest grabbing an old flash drive, breaking the case open and painting that first as a test. If it still works after it's try, you should be ok.
Edited by LemonSlice - 8/8/11 at 11:08pm
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Track...have you started modding yet?
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Track...have you started modding yet?
No, I just finished renovating my flat.

The thing is, I have a huge work load now - building 7 computers for myself and some friends..

And I set it up all nice with my softbox, and a huge shelf full of components.

But now that I think of it.. that doesn't really count as a work log.. does it?

So, all that effort in making everything look pretty.. no one cares, right?

I was intending to do a work-log, but who wants to see me building some rigs.. even if it's full of artistic, professional pics with a softbox and room-size background.

That's kind of what I've been wondering for the past few days.
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wow you really gonna pull this off?

That advice was fereal? the mobo and PCB wont get hot?

Good luck mang, I hope it works
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wow you really gonna pull this off?

That advice was fereal? the mobo and PCB wont get hot?

Good luck mang, I hope it works
Well, I've been giving it a lot of thought.

I'm definitely going to paint the inside of the case white, and I already received my lighting from Performance-PCs.

I can paint the top of the cooler white, if I get the H80, like I've been planning. The TRUE is my favorite, but it will likely ruin the build with its silver-finish.

The RAM is easy, as is the card.

The problems are - the back of the card's PCB and the motherboard.

I'm still stuck trying to know which parts to paint and which not to.
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Well, I've been giving it a lot of thought.

I'm definitely going to paint the inside of the case white, and I already received my lighting from Performance-PCs.

I can paint the top of the cooler white, if I get the H80, like I've been planning. The TRUE is my favorite, but it will likely ruin the build with its silver-finish.

The RAM is easy, as is the card.

The problems are - the back of the card's PCB and the motherboard.

I'm still stuck trying to know which parts to paint and which not to.

just buy a cheap test computer. Much easier to test with, and then you don't have to worry about breaking important things.
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Laine has done this in one of his builds With old crap parts
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Laine has done this in one of his builds With old crap parts
but he was so cryptic when answering questions about what KIND of paint he used...he mentioned that he uses it on motorcycles. great, that clears it up.
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