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I reached that point where i want my rig to look nice and i decided to paint my RAM white. I dont want to buy new white RAM because mine is great for now and there is no need for new one.

 

This is my ram:

g_skill_ripjaws_ddr3_1600_pc3_12800_8gb_2x4gb_cl9.jpg

 

I was thinking of two cheap ways to do this:

 

1) spray paint it, making sure I cover the parts that aren't red. The only CON I see is that spraypaint is flamable and I dont want to have any accident (fire). Can anyone tell me if they have done it before and I'm talking nonesense?

 

2) there is a Games Workshop store in my street (Warhamer etc..) go there and buy some white paint with the layer you put underneath the paint (If someone knnow what im talking about) 

 

What do you guys think?

 

I would really appreciate some feedback from people with experience doing this and not just saying it's ok when you really have no clue.

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post #2 of 10
If your RAM is getting hot enough to worry about igniting paint, you'd have some other issues. =P

IIRC it takes about 384 degree's to ignite spray paint, and even higher once it's dry.
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Spray paints only flammable when wet. But depending on the paint used depends on the heat it can withstand before it peels/flakes.
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Well, paint is going to be a big insulator, so your RAM will get a lot hotter painted. I'd recommend high-temp engine enamel or barbeque enamel due to the higher operating temperatures involved. Spray paint is only flammable when it's still curing, and nothing in your computer "should" get that hot or have an open spark going to ignite the fumes. I'd still let anything that was going in, or was part of my case cure for 24hrs+ before putting it in.

But like I said, paint's an insulator, so the RAM will run considerably hotter, and say bye bye to your warranty, which, IMHO, is actually pretty important w/ RAM. Then again I've had several bad sticks/sets of RAM in the past 5+ yrs.
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Oh thanks guys!

 

I have no clue how hot my RAM is, but nothing that extreme hehe.

 

I was just wondering before I actually do it, better to be safe than sorry.

 

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post #6 of 10
Normal spray paint will flake off from the thermal cycles.
What you need to do is take the heat sinks off and give them a very good clean and a bit of a sand so the paint will stick. Then get some heat proof paint that they have in automotive sections of hardware stores and give it a few coats.

Also if you want it to last for a long time some coats of clear coat would really help it from getting scratched off over time.
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Snef used plasti-dip on his ram in his "sand of god" build.
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The maximum safe operating temp of DDR3 can be quite high. I seem to recall seeing 85-95ºC quoted in a link from a post although it'll probably vary slightly between manufacturers.
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i plasti dipped my ram...works great...no issues at all..and best thing is if you mess up you can just peel it off
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post #10 of 10
Awesome rehash of a post that was THREE YEARS old. LOL.

Plasti-Dip acts as a great thermal insulator. It may look great, but it's going to raise your RAM temps and reduce overclocking headroom. If looks are your top priority, then go for it!


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