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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.

Thanks for the tip! So far with everything I've painted, it's only needed around 1-2 coats per side. I did let each coat dry completely beforehand, but it doesn't seem to have adversely affected it too much. All the same, thanking you!
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post #32 of 127
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Putty work has been completed for the main body of the case, as well as the front fan brackets and the I/O panel. Sanding this putty into shape will be the next step in the project (I intend to finish this work off in particular, as having my build running on top of a cardboard box is getting a bit irritating).

View of the majority of the putty work on the case. Several new holes can be seen here, I'll explain the reasoning behind them in more detail below. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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This hole was created for the SSD's, which I plan to custom mount in this area. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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This hole is for the cabling to the ODD. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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And this hole is for all the cabling for the fan controller, as well as the cabling going up to the I/O panel. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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New look for the 8 pin motherboard power hole. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Rear of the case, now with no W/C holes or labels punched into the steel. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Front fan brackets. Will need to re-do the top one, as you can see, part of the left side putty work fell off after I finished. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I/O panel. Filled the small hole from the last body filler session, and sanding work has commenced. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Front panel with the cardboard blanks in place (rough draft). Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Blanking plate for the motherboard's rear I/O. Can't decide between painting the outside face black, or spraying it white for a little contrast. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Edited by evil_scotsman - 3/7/12 at 4:07pm
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Hi folks, back again with another little update. Pics this time will not be posted though, this is more of a "letting you all know what's been happening" type update, as well as letting you know I'm not quite dead rolleyes.gif I realise the project's been slow getting off, at the moment I don't have much free time!

First off, I've decided to paint the outside face of the motherboard blanking plate white, for a little variety on the outside. I've also decided to paint the control dial for the fan in the CM V8 white, along with the plastic guards for the GPU's SLI connections.

I also decided to do something I'd not previously considered, and taken apart my two SSD's for the build. I'm in the process of painting the cover for both of them white, again for a little contrast inside the case.

In other news, I plan to go back and look at potentially cutting out a few more cabling holes in the case. One of my aims in this build is to be able to hide as much cabling as possible, to keep it really clean looking inside.

I've also taken the plunge and bought some upgrades to my system, which should arrive sometime next week. These upgrades consist of a replacement PSU (Corsair AX750) and some upgraded RAM (Corsair Vengeance (2x4Gb)).

The reasoning behind the PSU is that it is fully modular, meaning my aim for well thought out CM is now a step closer. The RAM upgrade is for a bit of a performance boost to the build, and I plan to begin OC'ing once this project ends.
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Subbed. Nice build so far.thumb.gif Not sure if I overlooked this, but do you plan on changing the window/side panel? or are you gonna stick with the stock panel?

Can't wait for the finished product. biggrin.gif
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Subbed. Nice build so far.thumb.gif Not sure if I overlooked this, but do you plan on changing the window/side panel? or are you gonna stick with the stock panel?
Can't wait for the finished product. biggrin.gif

I think I have it listed as a possible future mod, if not I'll update it. I do want to replace the side panel, because the stock window is smoked, wheras I'd really like a clear window, and it's become quite scratched so it just looks all worn and beat now.

Also, apologies for the lack of updates recently! The PSU and RAM upgrades are on their way to me, so I'll have those by the end of the week. However, hit a bit of a snag on the filler front, it's a lot more difficult to sand than I thought it'd be! Any tips or pointers anyone?
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post #36 of 127
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Some finishing up painting happening today, and started clear-coating some pieces. Pics below!

Decided to go with white for the outside face of the motherboard blanking plate. Here it is just before I applied some clear-coat. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Here's some parts of the SSD covers after a last coat of paint, along with the CPU cooler's control dial. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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And lastly, some CF wrap that I ordered. Not sure what I'll be doing with it, but I'll think of something. Size of the piece is 8x4 inches. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Will be able to post some more later.
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post #37 of 127
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Second round of tonight's photos.

Vengeance RAM arrived today, yes! PSU should drop in tomorrow. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Two of the PCI brackets covered in a first coating of clear on one side. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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And here's the motherboard blanking plate after a first coat of clear on the outside face. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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post #38 of 127
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Surprise update!

Last photo of the day, front panel with the final shape on the grills. The cut out tape on the middle three grills will be used to keep a fan hole. Everything on those grills not covered in tape will be filled. The lower tape isn't cut out yet as I've lost my pen and ruler to draw out the shape...
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I'll also set up the naming poll now, I have a few ideas. Any extra suggestions, let me know. Vote away!
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Bad news! After checking on the clear coat I sprayed on the SSD covers I saw that it had caused a very noticeable run in the paint. I had absent mindedly propped them up for the coating, not realising this would clearly cause runs. Sanding the problem areas now and prepping it for a repaint before clear coating again. The motherboard blanking plate also has some problems, but not as severe.

In better news, I've sprayed the fan mounts and fan blades with clear coat today, waiting for them to dry now.

I'll get more photos up once everything's re-done and finished!

Edit:
The photos may be delayed... Internet connection is very poor at the moment, uploading images would create a massive strain on it. Will get them up when I can. Thanks to those who've already voted!
Edited by evil_scotsman - 3/15/12 at 10:38am
Project: Vortex
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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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post #40 of 127
Looking good buddy.

Haven't checked for a little while due to no internet but it's coming along nicely. smile.gif
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