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Got a radiator back from my local powder coater! Here are some shots:

Can't powder coat on top of paint, so that black finish needs to come off. This is the sandblasting machine. Was cool to watch:

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He would use the two big protected gloves to move the radiator around inside the machine.

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It took the painted finish off the Hardware Labs SR-1 lickety split

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Its clearly made of brass, with copper fins

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So it went from this:

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To this...in no time at all

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So now its ready to powder coat. I didn't get any pictures of the actual powder coating process, but I'll try to for the next batch. Here it is:

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It came out beautiful.

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Click some of the pictures to get a close-up of the matte finish and light texture.

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It doesn't look like paint....its got the texture and crisp finish of powder coating

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Kept these plugs in it to keep the sand/powder out of the inside:

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Lets take em' out now

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Have you ever seen a build where someone paints a component white, and it looks great....but when they put it in their case its a little different shade of white and just looks "off"? Not here. I had my local powder coater use the exact brand and color of powder that Caselabs uses for the matte white finish. It is a perfect match.

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I couldn't be happier with how it came out.

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If you're wondering why I'm only showing you one....the powder coater wanted to do one as a test, and see if it caused leaks. He was a little worried that the high heat required to cure the powder might melt some of the solder used in the radiator. So....I'm going to give it some leak tests before I give him the go ahead to do the rest. Should have the rest of them back this week, along with some other trim parts I gave him.

I'm also going to put my fan combinations on these radiators and take some pictures to solicit some feedback from everyone on color combinations. I had done a few before when the radiator was black, but now that its white I want to take another look.
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Might I ask what kind of camera you are using, cause I want one. Can't wait to see the finished product cause it's going to look nice. thumb.gif
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What an amazing update! Looking really clean! thumb.gif
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cpachris...words can't describe the awesomeness level of this build. When I first commented on your dying process I had no idea how over-the-top you were going with this build. Can't believe it took me this long to find your log. Really like the white frame red blade design. AND HOLY CRAP 1K JUST FOR FANS!!!! Sorry had to get that out. Great work so far cheers.gif
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I'm a grad from their business college, so I can vouch for that part of it. Not sure what the reputation of the IT program is like. Norman is an absolutely awesome little college town. If you make it here, you'll love it.
Don't despair over the Corsair (hey, that rhymes!). They are going to look amazing when I'm done with them.

I have been to Norman many times and love it, And I really cant tell a difference in the powder coat colors but question... Why didnt the sand blasting damage the fins on the radiator??
 
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Might I ask what kind of camera you are using, cause I want one. Can't wait to see the finished product cause it's going to look nice. thumb.gif

I appreciate the comments Fateful! I've got a Canon 30D and a Canon 7D that is kind of new. But in all honesty, its really the lens' that matters the most. I've used several in some of the shots I've posted. I've got the 70-300mm 2.8 II IS (which is an AWESOME lens), 35mm 1.8, 17-85mm 2.8 IS, and a 60mm 2.8 macro lens. Got a few others, but they are not appropriate for these types of pictures. If you're jumping into photography, put more of your money into glass, than into the camera. I'll post a picture of my "faux studio" in next post.

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What an amazing update! Looking really clean! thumb.gif

Always appreciate your positive comments Quest! Keeps me going!

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cpachris...words can't describe the awesomeness level of this build. When I first commented on your dying process I had no idea how over-the-top you were going with this build. Can't believe it took me this long to find your log. Really like the white frame red blade design. AND HOLY CRAP 1K JUST FOR FANS!!!! Sorry had to get that out. Great work so far cheers.gif

Thank you kindly Joker! I still love the whole dyeing process. Its just kind of fun. Sometime in the next few days I'll be doing my big official dye bath for this build. Will do a couple hundred feet of sleeve, some tubing, connectors, and heat shrink. That whole dye thread was a build-up for this Boomer build. It's a lot of fans. I know. But during my evaluation (upcoming post with more detail), I learned that the Noiseblocker M12-S2 is absolutely silent when undervolted to about 5 volts. Not quiet. Not barely audible. Silent. And sure, when any fan is spinning that slowly its not going to churn a 'typhoon' of air by itself.....but with 50 of them all working together in a well designed air flow plan...I think I can have silence and still keep the air moving. We will see, I guess. But that was the whole idea with putting in so many radiators. Slow spinning fans will make any individual radiator less effective. But with seven raidators, I think I'll get fantastic cooling AND silence.

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I have been to Norman many times and love it, And I really cant tell a difference in the powder coat colors but question... Why didnt the sand blasting damage the fins on the radiator??

I wasn't certain it wasn't going to damage it. Those fins are pretty thin. But that's one of the reasons we only did one radiator to start with. I didn't want to ruin all of them in one swoop. Not sure I could RMA a white radiator back to Hardware Labs. wink.gif But no real damage occurred to the fins, and I'll know quickly if the heat damaged any soldered parts. Thanks for following along!
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I appreciate the comments Fateful! I've got a Canon 30D and a Canon 7D that is kind of new. But in all honesty, its really the lens' that matters the most. I've used several in some of the shots I've posted. I've got the 70-300mm 2.8 II IS (which is an AWESOME lens), 35mm 1.8, 17-85mm 2.8 IS, and a 60mm 2.8 macro lens. Got a few others, but they are not appropriate for these types of pictures. If you're jumping into photography, put more of your money into glass, than into the camera. I'll post a picture of my "faux studio" in next post.
Always appreciate your positive comments Quest! Keeps me going!
~snip~

Not really getting into photography just appreciate high quality photos and the ones you've been taking are prime examples. I am however looking for a really good camera and just didn't know where to start. I love taking close up shots in high detail more than anything else. Thanks for the advice. thumb.gif
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This is simply amazing! I love it! Subbed!

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def subbed. nice build you got there OP tongue.gif and i thought my $5000 rig would be kickass sad-smiley-002.gif (lol it will be)
     
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I have that same (FC8) fan controller, but have not used it at this point since the build is in an early stage. I too am puzzled by the instructions to connect all 3 molex. I have a 1000w Seasonic so I don't think the power will be insufficient on a single connector. More likely they don't have much confidence in their molex connectors. I would take the 30w/channel rating with a grain of salt, though.
No heat sinks which is surprising. I have a Sunbeam Rheobus with good sized sinks and it's a workhorse, although I subbed a Scythe Pro for it since I didn't like the super bright knob illumination.
The FC8 is a tight fit in my Switch, but not ridiculously so.

Good luck with your build. Love that you powercoated a rad.
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