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Hi. Don't know if this is technically a case mod, probably not, but you guys might be able to throw some light on my problem. I want to change the colour of three of my unused sata ports, the IDE port and one of the F_USB ports on my motherboard, all of which are yellow, as I'm going for a blue theme inside my CM690. I can't find black dust covers/caps to put over them which would have been an ideal solution. How would Plasti Dip be if I wanted to carefully paint them in blue or black?

"Plastidip resists alkaline, acids, salts, moisture, abrasion, and most chemicals, and is an insulating dielectric coating. It will not crack, chip or peel, and will remain flexible even under severe conditions (-34ºc to +93ºc)."

http://www.plastidip.co.uk/eStore/index.cfm?Plastidip_Regular_Can_400ml&stage=3&colour=Blue,Black,Clear,Red,White,Yellow&pid=PDL-0008


Can I safely use this stuff to carefully paint those plastic components or is there a better solution? This paint is insulating apparently, won't short and one of the proposed uses is filling circuit boards. I want to add Bitfenix blue pre-braided extensions for the PSU and sata cables, and I've bought four blue fans, Deepcool 120 UF which are sky blue and grey surround. The grey surround would blend better with my case interior since it's silver. The latches and cage sliders of this case are similar blue. So it would all look nice but for the stupid yellow bits on my old gigabyte motherboard. Unless I can somehow change the yellow without too much complication, I just don't know if I'm wasting my time with the theme? Here's my board, you can see the various yellow ports.

http://images.hardwarecanucks.com/image/mac/reviews/gigabyte/MA770UD3/19.jpg


Not worried about the two yellow RAM slots, I don't use them and my TRUE covers over most of that.

edit: scratch that, I'm not going to paint. I'll try blue or black insulating tape.
Edited by Roman5 - 10/10/12 at 4:20pm
    
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Plasti Dip is by far the best option. When I covered the ports on my Mobo to match my scheme, I couldn't find any PlastiDip where I live and I went for 3M film. It's quite a pain to be honest, and my ports are a 90°, it will be even harder in your case.

PlastiDip is 100% safe in term of condictivity as one of its purpose is precisely electric insulation. It is basically liquid rubber, has a nice matte finish (for black color at least, don't know about the others), is easy to apply because quite thick, and on top of that its best feature is that it can be removed easily without solvent.

I am now in the process of painting (even though the right term should be "covering") some parts of my build with it (SLI bridge, Graphic Cards PCB, etc...) and if had had it at the start of my build I would have used it instead of film.

The only thing you should avoid is to spray thick layers on heatsinks, radiators, etc...as it also has good thermal insulation qualities and therefore shouldn't be applied on parts that need to dissipate heat (even though in that case a single thin layer probably wouldn't have a major impact).

If I were you I would carefully cover my MOBO with tape, plug a SATA into the ports and spray them. In that case, just be sure to carefully cut the layer at the junction between ports and connectors before removing them, as I said it is liquid rubber and by pulling the connector out you could remover the entire layer as well (like a condom if I can say so)
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I just thought of something when reading this. What about using PlastiDip for insulating a motherboard for LN2 overclocking. biggrin.gif
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