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It would have been easy for me too, if it wasn't for the ceramic based paint. That is what truly made it a pain. As for the fan channels. The little slot that they wires go through on the frame (notch is probably a better word). I am going to widen it so the sleeving can go through it properly and still stay semi tight (so it will hold there). Just look at your fans, since you have the same ones, and you will see exactly what I am talking about. It is the notch that is right past the little clip that holds the fan wires in place on the top/back of the fan frame.
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I do admit I used a black marker pen (or white paint maker) to hide the different wire colors. To match the frame color.

Do you intend to sleeve separately or together. I'm assuming the color of the frame and together in just the fan frame only?
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I do admit I used a black marker pen (or white paint maker) to hide the different wire colors. To match the frame color.

Do you intend to sleeve separately or together. I'm assuming the color of the frame and together in just the fan frame only?


I will sleeve the 3 wires together as 1, and my plan is for the white frames to do white sleeving (to be uniform on the outsides where you can see it) and for the black frames to either be green or white for more contrast on the inside. thumb.gif
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Oh. I just get out my little snippers and cut that little piece out. Gone, done, that's it.

On the paint, IDK, the only thing I've used ceramic paint on was the longtube headers on my Z28.
But I had a good little procedure going for painting the blades, I actually had more headaches with the frames.
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As promised, here are some pictures of the "learning" fan with the ceramic paint. You can see how it clumps up, and then it will then stick to just about anything. This was after it had dried for 2 hours (well past the safe handling curing time given by the manufacturer). You can see where I sanded it and how it just came in clumps and stuck all over the place, mainly inside the area that makes contact with the motor when the fan is in the frame. You can also see some areas on the back where I tried to wipe spots clean right after spraying, and it doesn't work so well like with other sprays. It is almost instantly tacky and course, so wiping just streaks it all over the place and makes it pretty much ruined aesthetically (at least for a fan like this where I can't get in there to clean it up properly even if I wanted to try). To me, $16 for another fan is worth the headache saved trying to salvage it.


I tried my best to get decent shots of the problem areas, and hopefully you can see what I am talking about. If not, just let me know and I'll try to get better pictures of it.











I also took some shots of how I am tearing down and prepping the fans. This isn't the whole process, but you get to see my little "work station", the parts involved and how I store them as well as my make shift "paint room" (aka, the lanai and cardboard boxes tongue.gif).


The set up.


The retainer clips and wiring fasteners.


Spring for the fans.


This is the "paint room" where I put my skills to use. tongue.gif


Finished fan blade (Front side).


Finished fan blade (Back side).


The tool.


The area I'll be cutting to allow room for the sleeve to fit through snugly (This is the part I was talking about Mandrix).



And since people keep telling me that I live in paradise, here is a couple of shots from my backyard of where I live. I wouldn't call it paradise. Most people think of Hawaii and think everything is gorgeous. While some parts may be, I don't think where I live is even close to that, but you can decide for yourself. tongue.gif




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Very Good shots Addiction. The fan looks excellent. Like the set up with the boxes to reduce paint spray area thumb.gif

Your suburb looks fine to me. Living in a picture postcard area is not the real world anyway.
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Very Good shots Addiction. The fan looks excellent. Like the set up with the boxes to reduce paint spray area thumb.gif

Your suburb looks fine to me. Living in a picture postcard area is not the real world anyway.


Thanks, AVictorD. thumb.gif I couldn't agree more with your last statement. The boxes have served their purpose extremely well. I paint things on smaller boxes with paper all around it. This keeps ALL of the spray overflow from getting on the walls and floor. Once they are painted, I move each of the small boxes inside of one of the larger boxes and close it up (it has holes for ventilation though to keep airflow for proper drying). This keeps out as much of the excess dust and dirt particles that would usually muck up the paint job that is inherent with painting outside in Hawaii (with all this vog, ash and red clay if I left it out it would turn out terrible).


I am actually finishing up my first set of 5 fans now (Only 5, but need 6...Since I messed that one up I'll have to order some extra ones now that we just got paid). All 5 frames have had their wiring channels dremeled and opened up to accommodate the sleeving, and all of the frames and blades have been painted. Waiting on everything to dry and then I will put the different colors of sleeving up against it and take some shots so you all can see what each looks like (and maybe help me pick tongue.gif). I am particularly fond of the green sleeving on the black frame/green blade fan set so far though. biggrin.gif This is just for the interior (black frames) fans. I will be doing the white frame fans later on, as I need to get some more of the "grabber lime green" spray paint.


Edit: AVictorD, when you get all moved and settled in, I would love to see some shots of you monster rig! I've been meaning to mention it for awhile now. cheers.gif
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Edit: AVictorD, when you get all moved and settled in, I would love to see some shots of you monster rig! I've been meaning to mention it for awhile now. cheers.gif

You and me both on that score. wink.gif
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Nice fans!

but you really don't need a dremel and all that to cut that little piece of plastic out. Have you bought a set of those little "snippers" to use for sleeving? That's what I use to cut that plastic retainer out. You could use any kind of pliers type tool with cutting edges, just crank down and it will snap off cleanly if you put the tool as far against the frame as it will go.

OK here you go, they are called "extra small side cutters". I find them very handy for sleeving and a bunch of other things. Around $6 on Amazon.
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Nice fans!

but you really don't need a dremel and all that to cut that little piece of plastic out. Have you bought a set of those little "snippers" to use for sleeving? That's what I use to cut that plastic retainer out. You could use any kind of pliers type tool with cutting edges, just crank down and it will snap off cleanly if you put the tool as far against the frame as it will go.

OK here you go, they are called "extra small side cutters". I find them very handy for sleeving and a bunch of other things. Around $6 on Amazon.
Exactly what I used to cut that notch bigger when I painted my GTs. Cut right through it like butter
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