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How hard is it to paint a case?

post #1 of 10
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I want to get the NZXT 810 Switch in which and then when I get it I want to make some parts blue so I can have a blue and white computer how hard is it to do that? Or how much will it cost to get it done?
post #2 of 10
Just painting it is a matter of picking up a can of spray paint and having some fun. But there are a few things to think about:

1) The 810 isn't painted, its powder coated. This means that you won't be able to replicate the feel and appearance of the case with just paint.
2) Painting stuff to an even thickness without drips is an art form. You'll want to practice first before you take on your case.
3) Paint may not stick to the powder coating on the 810. If that's the case, you may have to either prime it before painting, or (in the worst case) grind off the powder coating.
post #3 of 10
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Oh ok than no thank you It will stay white.
post #4 of 10
I didn't mean to scare you away from doing it!

I just wanted to make sure you knew what could be involved. A modding project can be really fun and rewarding. There's nothing better than being able to point to your project and say "I did that; it's one of a kind! And it's all mine!!" That's really an awesome feeling.

If you are willing, I actually will strongly encourage you to paint it. Just be warned that, like with any modding project, things aren't wont to work out exactly like you want the first time around.
post #5 of 10
Have a look at what this guy is doing... it may give you some alternate ideas... smile.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1223387/cooler-master-690ii-black-ice-mod#post_16632927
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sethy666 View Post

Have a look at what this guy is doing... it may give you some alternate ideas... smile.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1223387/cooler-master-690ii-black-ice-mod#post_16632927

I dont get it.
post #7 of 10
Use some sandpaper or a polshing tool on a power drill or dremel to help prep the power coated surfaces for paint. You might want to even prime it first so that later when you paint it the new color will really pop. I'm thinking of doing some sort of mod to my case just not sure when I'll have the time to do it.
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I dont get it.

He is using vinyl contact for the larger areas and paint for the smaller, more fiddly bits.

Since vinyl comes in all colours and textures, i thought it may be less daunting than painting.
post #9 of 10
First of all, it is impossible to get a perfect paint job with cans... well at least without a ton of experience. I'm pretty good but once in a while I will get a drip still and a little orange peel

Using car paint is better but a lot more expensive.

The whole case needs to be sanded with 300-400 grit sandpaper and preferably stripped of the powder coat by sandblasting it with a light medium

All parts should be primed with 2-3 coats. Then color for 5+ coats. Let dry a week and then clear coat 2-3 times. Let dry 1-2 more weeks and then wax. If you can't deal with the orange peel then you will need to wet sand with 1200 grit sandpaper in between coat. ALWAYS use a sanding block.

Plastic pieces should be sanded with a higher grit sandpaper such as 600-800. You need to use plastic primer.

The final price will depend on how many times you mess up and have to redo things. Paint prices can vary but I would definitely get a higher priced paint because you do get what you pay for.

Oh and lastly. The conditions which you paint under are key. I paint in my garage with a paint mask because it is insulated so the temperature is decent all year round and the humidity is low. Make sure you have a high CFM fan to move the paint dust/particles out of the air so it doesn't mess up your paint job
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post #10 of 10
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He is using vinyl contact for the larger areas and paint for the smaller, more fiddly bits.
Since vinyl comes in all colours and textures, i thought it may be less daunting than painting.
maybe I should have said color and not paint.
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Originally Posted by da tick 07 View Post

First of all, it is impossible to get a perfect paint job with cans... well at least without a ton of experience. I'm pretty good but once in a while I will get a drip still and a little orange peel
Using car paint is better but a lot more expensive.
The whole case needs to be sanded with 300-400 grit sandpaper and preferably stripped of the powder coat by sandblasting it with a light medium
All parts should be primed with 2-3 coats. Then color for 5+ coats. Let dry a week and then clear coat 2-3 times. Let dry 1-2 more weeks and then wax. If you can't deal with the orange peel then you will need to wet sand with 1200 grit sandpaper in between coat. ALWAYS use a sanding block.
Plastic pieces should be sanded with a higher grit sandpaper such as 600-800. You need to use plastic primer.
The final price will depend on how many times you mess up and have to redo things. Paint prices can vary but I would definitely get a higher priced paint because you do get what you pay for.
Oh and lastly. The conditions which you paint under are key. I paint in my garage with a paint mask because it is insulated so the temperature is decent all year round and the humidity is low. Make sure you have a high CFM fan to move the paint dust/particles out of the air so it doesn't mess up your paint job

Weeks? No thank you.
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