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Ive just ordered my wc setup from perfomance-pcs (very good prices and most important all parts are from a single store = one shipping cost) but for 7/16 tubing i got Swiftech's ones, since they lacked MasterKleer (i excluded Primoflex for its high price). Yet, ive been told that they are bringing MasterKleer within the week so, if i could change Swiftech tubing with MasterKleer one, should i do it? The price is the same so, quality is the criterion here. If the quality/perfomance improvement is tiny, then i won't get into the fuss of changing it.

Also, about painting (black) a 77 Bonneville rad, after googling i got a bit of headache... one article writes a whole page on how to paint it (with prime and paint or something like that), other guys (such this one) say "just paint it with standard flat blach heat paint", others just spray-paint it so... what opinion is the correct?

Ill post pics of my wc setup in about two weeks, exam period now...
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Swiftech's tubing will do you fine. Just spray paint it with some sort of metal spray paint. It doesn't need to be heat paint. I used Appliance Epoxy for mine. Make sure you tape off your fins and just spray paint the outside. It looks like that guy got some on the fins.
    
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post #3 of 19
Like Snerp said, don't sweat the difference in the tubing. And as the paint is only for asthetic value, your opinion is all that counts. If you want high gloss go with whatever's cheap and works for metal, we're talking heater core not Maserati. Just mask off what won't be visible and go with several light coats for a good finish.
  
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Like Snerp said, don't sweat the difference in the tubing. And as the paint is only for asthetic value, your opinion is all that counts. If you want high gloss go with whatever's cheap and works for metal, we're talking heater core not Maserati. Just mask off what won't be visible and go with several light coats for a good finish.
Well, the heatercore will accompany a "masserati" E6600 @3.6GHz . Seriously speaking, the rad will be inside the case so, not big deal if it's not even painted, but since the whole case is black and has a window panel and the fans on it will have blue bright leds... you get the point .

Also, after reading a relative article, apart from masking the fittings (with some tape) the rad should be lifted a bit and painted from an angle, so that paint doesn't get in the core... in the matter of fact, i don't think an apropriate paint can "destroy" a rad but whatever.

@Snerp: Where did you see the guy painted the fins?
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@Snerp: Where did you see the guy painted the fins?
Fifth post second picture.
  
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Sigh... i must be blind... you mean some scratches he has on the upper fitting?

Got the spray paints btw. One black heat and one kacquier (heat too) for some glossy finishing
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oops I painted my fins...... didn't see an increase in temps though
    
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post #8 of 19
Has anyone ever tried to anodize one of those?
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Has anyone ever tried to anodize one of those?
Well the guts of it are copper...only the fins are alu. What would be the point? Would it help heat xfer?
    
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Well the guts of it are copper...only the fins are alu. What would be the point? Would it help heat xfer?
You can anodize cool colors like red and blue on the fins without interfering with heat dissipation.
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