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I was researching case painting and started to wonder if it was really worth spending north of 200$ for a powder coat when the much less expensive solvent based stuff would yield very similar results.

Why do shops generally only offer powder coating services?

What am I missing? Is powder coating that much nicer / better (for a computer case)?
post #2 of 9
It's a much stronger finish than paint. Doesn't chip/scratch as easily.

I personally wouldn't spend that much getting a case done when I can do it myself with a good ol' rattle can and get nice results. Not to mention, if you spray it yourself, it's much, much cheaper to repair chips and scratches, and easier to color match when needed.
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I never get great results with the spray paint unless I'm in an almost completely dust free environment. Something to think about if you go that route. Another thing I've had good experiences with is Plasti-Dip. The coats go extremely easy and its very hard to mess up.thumb.gif
    
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Powder coating is way easier to get looking good IMO.

Its REALLY hard, super uniform, generally easy to do, and will hold up well to being scratched / rubbed against eachother... MUCH better than spraypaint will.

The main issue I had when I got my case powdercoated was getting everything to fit together 100%, the powder coating added a decent amount of thickness to the panels so when I went to rivet them I found myself having to sand down the edges to get it to fit without bulging out or being wavy... Wanted to get it uniform.

I'd definitely recommend having the case powder coated when its as "put together" as possible. Wouldn't recommend de-riveting the entire case to get it done.
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What do you guys think about clear coating? I just got an old 2 chamber server case. You know the tall beige cases from the 90s. :-) I was thinking about wire wheeling it down to give it a brushed steel look and clear coating it. Then painting or air brushing the plastic front. Putting a card reader in the top 5.25" a Dvd rewriter in the second and use the bottom 4 remaining 5.25" bays for a fan.
Then use the 2 bottom 3.5" bays. Top for fan controller and bottom for power button/hdd light.
Then cut out a big rectangle and put perforated stainless steel (brushed and clear coated) and run a fan in there for the bottom chamber where the mobo is. The case looks a lot like this one
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Antec-ATX-Full-Tower-Case-10-BAY-300W-Power-Supply-beige/146445.aspx

Top chamber holds 6 - 5.25" bays in front. Power supply in back and even has room for fans above the PSU.

Bottom chamber holds 2 - 3.5" external bays and has a cage for 2 3.5" hdds in the front. This cage can be moved to different locations in the box. So if I wanted to I can mount the 3.5" hdds above the PSU and still have room for the fans as well since it leaves a gap. Plus there is room under the top cover of the case to mount another 3.5" hdd with venting and room for airflow if I decide to put a fan blowing upward. Even a radiator will fit in the area if I mod it to put water cooling. Also the lower chamber is where the mobo is housed. There is a hole in the divider to feed cables from top chamber to bottom chamber.

Wow I kinda got off topic there. :-) so what do you guys think about clear coating brushed stainless and brushed regular steel?
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The insides and back look similar to this one. http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=ATX-W1&cat=CAS
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I'm in the process of painting a TJ07, and I also wanted to get it powder coated.

I did some research, and it would costs nearly as much as the case itself, so I decided to go for spray paint instead.
Luckily my brother is pretty good at spraypainting, so he'll be helping me out.

The plan is to ofcourse sand the parts that needs to be painted, prime them, sand them some more, paint them some thin layers at a time.
And lastly get a friend of my brother, (who works with autopaint) to clear coat it with a heavy duty auto-coat smile.gif

I hope this will turn out good looking, and stronger than the common spraypaint-job.
Also it'll cost much less than a powder coat, or even if I would've gotten it painted at the carpaint-shop.

I will post back when it's done with the result thumb.gif

/NwP
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post #8 of 9
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Thanks for the feedback everyone!

I was actually most curious in regards to why shops do not offer cheaper alternatives to PCing (airbrush / hand paint / spray paint)... smile.gif
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Originally Posted by NorthWoodPecker View Post

I'm in the process of painting a TJ07, and I also wanted to get it powder coated.
I did some research, and it would costs nearly as much as the case itself, so I decided to go for spray paint instead.
Luckily my brother is pretty good at spraypainting, so he'll be helping me out.
The plan is to ofcourse sand the parts that needs to be painted, prime them, sand them some more, paint them some thin layers at a time.
And lastly get a friend of my brother, (who works with autopaint) to clear coat it with a heavy duty auto-coat smile.gif
I hope this will turn out good looking, and stronger than the common spraypaint-job.
Also it'll cost much less than a powder coat, or even if I would've gotten it painted at the carpaint-shop.
I will post back when it's done with the result thumb.gif
/NwP

I say good luck and have a bit of advice for you (gathered from 2 and half failed paint jobs on my cosmos s:

1 - Make sure you thoroughly clean the parts to be painted (get rid of ALL the factory sealer / finish)

2 - EVENLY sand EVERYTHING (key words capitalized smile.gif )

3 - Prime coat = game changer: Self etching primer to start - then take extra care + time to fully prime everything your're painting (this will probably involve several coats separated by 400-600 gritt sand paper sessions) - Also, make sure you chose a primer color that goes well with your colour coat (dark with dark, light with light, etc)

4 - You know how all the guides say to keep layers thin and move your way up horizontally? Do exactly that. Your first (few) coats will be incomplete / spotty, it's normal (think of exotic car paint jobs, double digits minimum.

5 - Re-read a few guide + re-watch a vid or two... There's nothing more frustrating than having to fix a botched paint job!!!


Good luck biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by CooooooooL View Post

I say good luck and have a bit of advice for you (gathered from 2 and half failed paint jobs on my cosmos s:
1 - Make sure you thoroughly clean the parts to be painted (get rid of ALL the factory sealer / finish)
2 - EVENLY sand EVERYTHING (key words capitalized smile.gif )
3 - Prime coat = game changer: Self etching primer to start - then take extra care + time to fully prime everything your're painting (this will probably involve several coats separated by 400-600 gritt sand paper sessions) - Also, make sure you chose a primer color that goes well with your colour coat (dark with dark, light with light, etc)
4 - You know how all the guides say to keep layers thin and move your way up horizontally? Do exactly that. Your first (few) coats will be incomplete / spotty, it's normal (think of exotic car paint jobs, double digits minimum.
5 - Re-read a few guide + re-watch a vid or two... There's nothing more frustrating than having to fix a botched paint job!!!
Good luck biggrin.gif

Thanks for some great advice Coo'L!

I've disassembled the case as much as possible (and the TJ07 breakes down almost all the way), so that should hopefully make things alot easier to work with - Both for sanding and spraying smile.gif
I can't wait till it's done tongue.gif

/NwP
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