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post #2001 of 2434
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Haven't put much time into it lately, but I got a little more done.... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




No differance between the colors good job. thumb.gif
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No differance between the colors good job. thumb.gif
Thanks, Henry. smile.gif It's not perfect match but the best I could do with what I could find locally.
I used Rustoleum etching primer for the base, and Krylon satin for the main coats. It's the same as I used on the Aquaro face plates.
The funny thing about the matte white Case Labs uses is it's not really what I would call a matte white at all, but just a little bit shiny....not shiny enough for gloss paint but shinier than matte....if that makes any sense. wink.gif
post #2003 of 2434
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The funny thing about the matte white Case Labs uses is it's not really what I would call a matte white at all, but just a little bit shiny....not shiny enough for gloss paint but shinier than matte....if that makes any sense. wink.gif

If I have my terminology correct satin might be the term you're looking for? I'm not a paint
or surface treatment expert though.
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post #2004 of 2434
Looks great and making good progress!!
post #2005 of 2434
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If I have my terminology correct satin might be the term you're looking for? I'm not a paint
or surface treatment expert though.

Could be....anyway that is the color of the Krylon paint I used. It's not a perfect match but it's OK.
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Looks great and making good progress!!
Thanks. At least it is starting to look like a computer again.....! smile.gif
post #2006 of 2434
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If I have my terminology correct satin might be the term you're looking for? I'm not a paint
or surface treatment expert though.
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If you need the exact color you need the RAL number (colornumber) . Ask Jim from Caselabs for it.
I dont cal myself an expert but i workt a while as a painter at the army and did allot of courses with painting and treatments of metal.

Good luck
post #2007 of 2434
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If I have my terminology correct satin might be the term you're looking for? I'm not a paint
or surface treatment expert though.

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Looks great and making good progress!!

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If you need the exact color you need the RAL number (colornumber) . Ask Jim from Caselabs for it.
I dont cal myself an expert but i workt a while as a painter at the army and did allot of courses with painting and treatments of metal.

Good luck
I just wanted to go with what I could find locally, Henry. I didn't want to bother with ordering paint and all that.
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On another topic, I still don't have my Onkyo TX-NR609 Home Theater receiver back from repairs yet.mad.gif They replaced some parts but when testing everything in QC they found some kind of problem with the component outputs. I started to tell them to forget it as I only use the HDMI inputs/output but figured this is my last chance to fix everything under warranty as it expires in a few weeks!
Not having the HT receiver means I had to move my old Sherwood 5.1 analog receiver in it's place, meaning I have no sounds at the pc's. Arrrrrrgh! Plus the Sherwood has no HDMI which means I can't hook up my HTPC.......
post #2008 of 2434
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OK, so today I'm going to work on cutting out pieces of 5052 aluminum sheet to fill in the rear.



I'll do this with two pieces, one to fill in the psu opening, the other to fill in the larger opening. Then of course I'll have to paint them (groan.....). Painting is not one of my favorite things, but at least it's not hard.
Right now I'm thinking I'll leave no openings in the rear. After all, I've been operating with 2 intake fans in the front and one exhaust fan in the rear....the only difference is now the exhaust fan will be on top. Of course I can always cut openings in the future if the need arises.

I have a lotsa, lotsa stuff to do yet!
I will have to make up a new 8 pin cable for the cpu as well, since it's waaaaay too long now and I only need one about 7 inches.
I have to pull the pedestals apart to run some new tubing, as well as maybe pulling out some radiators and putting in the DVD....not sure yet, I may just reorient the HDD cage and try to work in the DVD in the top pedestal.
I want to do something with the pumps, not sure yet but I'm not happy with the current setup 100%, mostly the D5 mounting.

That's just part of it, so don't look for me to be finished real soon although I think it will start moving along faster pretty soon. That is, if I can keep up with all the outside work here at home and the bushels of leaves that seem to fall every day.
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seross69 I got Mustards and Turnips and Wakefield cabbage growing....sorry, no collards!
post #2009 of 2434
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I cracked the whip on the minions yesterday to get the rear fill in and psu cover pieces made, primed, & painted. After discovering that I don't actually have any minions, I got to work and did it myself. rolleyes.gif
I have the new pieces sitting loosely in place until the paint cures a little more.





Yesterday I replaced the awful blue tubing I had running from the lowest radiators up to the D5 pump, with some nice fresh white XSPC hi flex. Next up is to start sorting through all the wiring and see what I need to rebuild, or in the case of fan wiring, maybe just extend. Right now it looks like a bunch of the wiring will just have to be remade from scratch so that is going to take some time. It's not hard, just time consuming. But this gives me a chance to set things up a little differently. I'm still going to keep the mini Tamiya connectors for the pumps & the FC9 but I might need to make a new harness....same goes for the 2x molex connector harness that powers up the Aquaero's, it will likely have to be remade to account for relocating the psu.

After looking around, I see I forgot to punch a hole for the lowest wiring to pass through to the side of the case.......maybe I can run the wiring for the flow meters/temp sensors sitting on the light panel up the side of the case so I don't have to take everything apart. crap, I wish I had thought about this before as a pass through would be better.....I just don't want to take the case all apart again. mad.gif I don't know, I'll think on it. I might could punch a 7/8" hole in the side with my hand drill and hole cutter without disassembling if I keep my shop vac sitting there pulling in the detritus....? Hmmmm.
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I cracked the whip on the minions yesterday to get the rear fill in and psu cover pieces made, primed, & painted. After discovering that I don't actually have any minions, I got to work and did it myself. rolleyes.gif

Ha! I'm still chuckling.....
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