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Simple Guide: How to paint most case fans.

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-Guide: How to paint most case fans-

Please keep in mind all fans have a slightly different setup, some you can take apart and some you cant. So before you get your supplies please make sure that you fan can be taken apart first!

You will need for this guide:
1. Spray paint. (Paint, Primer, & Clear Coat) You will want to get spray paint that has been made for plastic.
Possibly a primer depending on if your paint primerless as most plastic paint is.
2. Adhesive remover
3. Ventilated area to spray paint.
4. Some fine grit sandpaper to slighty scuff the fan if needed.
This is for glossy smooth fans as they will need to be lightly sanded before painting.
5. Painters tape.
6. Exacto Knife.
7. Time.

So lets begin!

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Here is our subject for the painting. Granted this is a bigger fan, it is assembled the same as most fans are.

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First the sticker comes off. If your sticker is stubborn a little bit with a heatgun or hair dryer will make it easier to come off. And I recommend using a small amount of adhesive remover to get rid of the left over sticker goo.

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Most fans will have a small washer or metal clip that holds the fan into place, sometimes it will look solid with no gap, but most of the time there is a break on it somewhere, the trick is to find it. Please be careful as these are on tight and can fly off and get lost easily. At times these rings can be metal so you will want to fine a needle nose pliers with a sharp tip and you can spread the clip apart easily

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You will sometimes find more washers behind the first one, make sure to put them all in safe place and remember the order they came out. Try not to get them dirty or clean them off unless you intend of re-oiling the fan. If done right you can just plop them back in.

At this point if you fan is a glossy and smooth type of fan you will want to use some fine grit sand paper and lightly sand the parts to be painted, this will help the paint hold onto the plastic.

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Remember to cover all holes that will spray into the internals of the fan.

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I used extra wide painters tape for this as it’s easy to work with.

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Using an exacto knife just cut around the edge and then push the tape down on the sides to make a clean seal.

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This fan had a led setup, if yours has them as well; it will depend on how your fan is put together and if they can be removed like this one. Sometimes the full assembly will be able to be taken off as it will be glued. In this case Corsair flanged and melted it to the assembly.

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Everything is setup for the painting minus some last minute taping. Remember before you paint to also tape the hole where the clips/washers were as well as full cover the motor on the other side.

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Now when using spray paint I like to warm it in hot water first, I find they spray ALOT better when they are warmed up and shaken very well, and by shaken very well I mean when it’s hard to make the ball on the inside of the can make noise.

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I also suggest a can holder like the one shown; it gives you better control of the can.

Also the paint I am using is make for plastic and is a non-priming paint. Make sure to read the label on your paint to see if you need to prime first and try to use paint for what it was designed to be used for.

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Let the paint cans soak in hot water for about 10 min or so. You can put something on top of them to submerge the cans if you would like.

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A paint room with proper ventilation and as free from dust as possible is very important to keep you healthy and to stop crud from landing on your fan.

Before you begin painting use a dust free cloth or a tack cloth to get all of the dirt and fuzz or in my case cat hair off of your fan.

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When painting please use the proper safety gear. Also take your time and make sweeping motions with the can slowing down in spot that have crevices to make sure that you cover them. DONT GO TOO FAST. If you speed through the sweeping motions you will create paint dust and fuzz and it will give your fan a gritty and dirty look. You want to go slow enough to make the paint settle in a uniform fashion, and as always check your work and double check to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

You may do more than one coat, or also use a thin layer of clear to make the paint a little stronger. Please refer to the back of the can for the drying times between coats.

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The outside painted.

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Inside before.

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Inside after.

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And fan in its done state.

Spray painting takes a lot of time in the prepping and a lot of time with the actual painting, if you take your time and try not to rush it you will end up with something that has the no-compromise look.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Edited by Lutro0 - 12/30/11 at 7:30pm
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Nice guide thumb.gif
I've tried to paint fans before. Never came out as good as yours tongue.gif
+Rep
Edited by jach11 - 12/30/11 at 7:45pm
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Nice guide thumb.gif
I've tried to paint fans before. Never came out as good as yours tongue.gif

Takes allot of practice. I've messed up my fair share of fans before lol
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Takes allot of practice. I've messed up my fair share of fans before lol

i always get too much paint around the end of the fins and where the motor is mad.gif
I just cant stop myself from messing up jealoussmiley.gif
post #5 of 62
I would love to pain the few Noctua fans, I have. But I'm too lazy. good guide.
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Great guide! Same way I do mine biggrin.gif

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i always get too much paint around the end of the fins and where the motor is mad.gif
I just cant stop myself from messing up jealoussmiley.gif

LOL, yea but you can get it down with some patience.
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I would love to pain the few Noctua fans, I have. But I'm too lazy. good guide.

haha, get to it.
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Great guide! Same way I do mine biggrin.gif
-snip-

Thanks bud!
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NICE! Makes me wanna do a paint on my fans! UV that is! Omg i do have two UV paint in my closet. I think i'm gonna get some fans and do a experiment and learn then use it biggrin.gif:thumb:
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Nice guide.
Any idea of the Gentle Typhoons come apart that easy? They need some cosmetic help!
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