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No news on my Aquaero yet.
I may end up taking my fans apart now too... That looked way to easy.
Problem is, the countless hours of paint prep and painting involved in painting that many fans.

My Aquaero has left Germany, and is somewhere over the Atlantic right now. Has not yet arrived in the states.

I would encourage you to dig in and take them apart. Its one of the many reasons I went with the Noiseblocker's....very easy to mod. I think I remember you have the exact same fan, right? Some of the taping can get a little boring, but I kind of like the liquid tape and painting. You do have to be patient though. Lots of light dustings of paint. I'm on coat 5 for the frames right now, and I'm 2 coats of primer and 1 coat of paint into the blades at the moment. Plan to finish tonight. I just keep setting the alarm, and every 30 minutes I pause the TV and head outside for another quick dusting of paint.
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I clicked on this thread and ended up on this page, started scrolling through the pictures, thinking it's a kinda cool project.

Then I get to these two pictures, realize those are all fans, and let out a decently loud combination swear word.

I can't be the only one.
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I clicked on this thread and ended up on this page, started scrolling through the pictures, thinking it's a kinda cool project.
Then I get to these two pictures, realize those are all fans, and let out a decently loud combination swear word.
I can't be the only one.

Once your done swearing....buckle up and enjoy the ride! This is going to be a fun build. Will have some fan painting pics tomorrow. Quite a chore with that many fans. Will end up spanning two days.
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Then I get to these two pictures, realize those are all fans, and let out a decently loud combination swear word.
I can't be the only one.

He wasn't rolleyes.gif, and I dropped my Driod Bionic I was texting on, more amazing Cpachris! Also, can you tell me what an Aquaero is?? It has something to do with fans but I'm not sure what, never heard of one
 
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He wasn't rolleyes.gif, and I dropped my Driod Bionic I was texting on, more amazing Cpachris! Also, can you tell me what an Aquaero is?? It has something to do with fans but I'm not sure what, never heard of one

If it broke...get you a Galaxy Nexus. thumb.gif Love mine. But thinking about getting one of those new sammy galaxy III's.

If a fan controller and a CPU got together and had a baby.....it would be an aquaero. Intelligent control of your fans/pumps/lighting....based on sensor input values. So...if computer is running cool, it could spin your fans down automatically. Computer starts getting hot....it spins them faster and/or turns your pumps up. Very cool stuff. Can't wait to play with it.
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Pictures of fan progress for today.

First I spent a couple of hours finishing the taping process. For the frames, the important part is to protect the hole that the fan blade spindle slides into. You don't want paint down there. You'll notice I didn't bother to protect any of the wires or sleeving, since I will be redoing all of this anway:

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I made a quick little homemade paint booth out of a box for a TV I bought recently. I stuck some PVC pipe through the sides, and it made a nice little rack to hang the frames from. As mentioned previously, I just used the sleeved wire to hang them with, since I'll be redoing all of this anyway.

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When painting you want to do just light dusting of paint to make a very thin layer of paint, let it dry about 30 minutes or so, and then do it again. Here is what they looked like after the first coat:

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After two coats:

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After three coats:

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After four coats:

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After five coats:

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After six coats:

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At this point they were looking pretty good. After each coat, I would also rotate the poles in the paintbooth so that the other side was facing forward, to help ensure I was getting all sides evenly. I think its also important to remember that you do not want to try and treat spots. That almost never comes out good. Do lots of thin coats over the entire fan. Do not get up close and try to pinpoint a certain area. You will overpaint it and it will run. I did one final coat for a total of 7, but it was dark so I don't have a final picture of it out in the paintbooth.

Now while the frames were drying between coats, I was busy working on the fan blades. Here was my setup for the fan blades:

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For the blades, I wasn't 100% happy with the last paint testing I had done, with regards to how well it matched the computer case I have. It was darn good, but not perfect. But if you are limited to just the "plastic" paints, there is not as big of a color selection as you get with all the other normal spray paints. So.....what I ended up doing is using a plastic primer from Valspar first. I put two light coats of it on both sides of the fans. Its clear...but creates a surface that will allow regular paint to bond to the plastic. That opened up some more colors for me. What I ended up being the happiest with in my pre-testing, was to create a base coat using Rust-O-Leum "cabernet", and then topcoating it with Rust-O-Leum "crimson red". The cabernet by itself had too much purple in it, and the crimson red by itself didn't have enough purple in it. The two together are perfection for what I'm trying to do. I ended up doing 3 light coats of the cabernet, and then 2 light coats of the crimson red.

So this is what the blades looked like after the first coat of cabernet:

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After two coats of the cabernet:

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Lost my sunlight so I don't have pictures of what these looked like after each of the remaining coats, but I am absolutely thrilled with how they came out. They are perfect color for me. Here is a shot of everything after I brought it back inside for the night:

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So at this point I have all of the fan blades done, and 1/2 of the frames. Tomorow I plan on finishing the frames, and then doing all of the tape removal. Then I'll start on fan headers and sleeving. I'm planning on shortening all of the fan headers to 3 or 4 inches, and sleeving them in white MDPC-X. Then I'm going to make a custom fan harness with male connectors to minimize the wiring. I'll have more tomorrow!
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Looking very interesting! Sub'd smile.gif
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Again with the cabernet, must everything revolve around wine? tongue.gif

Ouf...that is a lot of work! Great job! thumb.gif How many spray cans did you use?
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Very Very nice. Fans lookin good.
    
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Looking very interesting! Sub'd smile.gif

Thanks for coming along for the ride, Agshlee!


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Again with the cabernet, must everything revolve around wine? tongue.gif
Ouf...that is a lot of work! Great job! thumb.gif How many spray cans did you use?

Good question...but I'm not done with frames yet. For the first 20 frames, It took about 4 cans of spray paint. For the entire batch of fan blades, I used about 3/4 can of primer, 2 cans of "cabernet", and 1 can of "crimson red".

And you probably won't believe me, but the name of another color from rust-o-leum that I was testing with was....wait for it....MERLOT!


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Very Very nice. Fans lookin good.

Thanks FannBlade!


I'll have a progress update for today with pictures shortly.
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