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Moar updates!

Got all sanding finished today, and I've also taken apart 4 out of 6 fans for my case, got them prepped and gave them a first coat of paint. I eventually figured out how to take apart my Cougar 140mm fans (thanks to Fateful_Ikkou) and got them prepped too, along with various PCI brackets, which will be painted tomorrow.

Plan tomorrow is to paint the remaining items, prep the fan frames for painting, and finish up some other small tasks.
Edited by evil_scotsman - 2/27/12 at 9:09am
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how come u use asus gtx 570 dcuii u dont worry about sagging?
    
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how come u use asus gtx 570 dcuii u dont worry about sagging?

I have noticed the back end of the card sagging a little, but I'm looking at ways of propping it up with something smile.gif
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Ok, photos from the last few days, showing progress on various tasks.

Front panel with the mesh plates sanded down, and a rough idea of the area to be filled is shown with the tape. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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The four 120mm fans prepped for painting. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Power button with the LED cable soldered. Still need to solder on the power on cables. I also have a nasty welt on my left hand, first time using a soldering iron. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Some PCI brackets painted with some primer. They'll be painted black and finished with some clear coat. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Top panel with some aluminium mesh glued on. I've still to cut out the holes for the 140mm fans, and the remaining mesh will be used as a base for the filler. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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My 120mm fans painted white. Took a few coats to get them right, and a fair bit of trial and error, but got there. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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First coat of white on the 140mm fans. The stock orange is still showing through. Afraid it's going to take a good few coats. Also, the spray on the left one has bubbled up a bit, probably due to spraying too close. Going to sand that area with 1200grit sandpaper and go over it again. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Cardboard mock up for the front panel's mesh. The areas stroked out are the areas to be filled. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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The cardboard mock up with the front 120mm fan frame for some perspective. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Edited by evil_scotsman - 2/29/12 at 1:46am
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We are waiting for the pictures ninja.gif
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We are waiting for the pictures ninja.gif

Duly noted. Done tongue.gif
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post #27 of 127
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Some quick updates before I continue work. Decided on what I'm going to do about the GPU sagging issue - use some aluminium mesh and body filler to get the PCI bracket and cooler casing joined, hopefully providing some extra stability. The last of the fan mounts have been painted and are drying off right now. Once done, I'll get them back in, build them together again, and get working on the body filling work for the case.

First application of body filler, on the I/O panel. Will need to give it another application, as there's a small hole that needs filling. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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PCI brackets and the first fan mount painted black. Some clear coat still needed. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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The finished look of the Cougar 140mm fans. Really pleased with the final look of these. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Close up! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Some photos of the primer sealer used on the metallic areas, prior to body filler. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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post #28 of 127
Fans look nice and tidy now.

How easy was it to do?
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Fans look nice and tidy now.
How easy was it to do?

It was fairly easy to do, just time consuming, as you really really need to apply light coats to them, and let each coat completely dry before the next. I daresay the most work was in the dismantling and taping before painting.

There's a fair few small-ish guides around OCN that I referred to first for some pointers.
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It was fairly easy to do, just time consuming, as you really really need to apply light coats to them, and let each coat completely dry before the next. I daresay the most work was in the dismantling and taping before painting.
There's a fair few small-ish guides around OCN that I referred to first for some pointers.

If you want the coats to bond to each other you let the coats only tack of then add another coat. each coat has to be sticky to let the next coat bond.
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