Originally Posted by foffer
Hi Addiction (and everybody else giving great advice and encouragemen!)
I've been following your log from the start, and it is truly amazing!!! What a nice build, and from what I read you really enjoy doing this stuff, and that really reflects!
Anyways, I've been trying to read through all the posts as you've been progressing, but I must have missed the parts where you describe how you prepare the fans for painting?
Is there any sanding down of the blades
Is there some fans that aren't 'paintable'?
Other considerations you had doing it?
I got so inspired by your build that I wen't ahead and bought myself the Merlin SM8. Although I haven't done a build log (the guts really isn't that impressive
) but now i might do one when I'm doing the full-monty water cooling!
Keep it up!
Hey foffer! Thanks for the very kind words good sir!
I really appreciate you following my build log the whole time, and it's great to see you post and that you also got a SM8 (and that I even inspired it! That means a lot, and I am glad to have helped in your decision process on buying such a great case)! Welcome to the club, and you should definitely do a build log in the future.
I decided myself to do my log so people like you could get the same out of it that I got out of logs from others prior to mine. They are great at sparking ideas (and interest in the hobby as a whole) for people in their own builds.
As for my painting of the fans, the only reason I ran into a few snags was because of the type of paint I had to use for the green fan blades (ceramic based enamel spray paint which is meant to be used on things like car engines and the such). I didn't do any sanding to prep them, and I have now painted 5 different brands and styles of fans with great success.
The only things I did was to disassemble everything and clean all the dust, dirt and debris that may have been on them prior to painting. As for any fans that can't be painted, to be honest people say the GT "shouldn't" be painted (it seems it is the only one that, as far as I could find, shouldn't be painted due to balancing reasons). I had zero issues with balance though, as after I painted each fan I tested it in every possible position and went through the whole range of speeds to see if it would be off balance. If it was, it would be noticeable mostly due to extreme sounds that it would make as it wobbled, but no issues there. I even used a paint that is way thicker with one coat than 5 coats of "normal" spray paint would have been. It is just all about consistency when applying the coats of paint IMO.
If you are careful and attack it with a plan, you should do just fine. The only other consideration I had really was how to go about setting each fan blade and frame up to paint to be able to maximize the area I could spray on each coat, while still having them mounted stably while drying (as well as to have them covered between coats since I had to paint outside in the dusty environment, to keep debris from drying in the paint).
Hopefully this covers what you wanted to know, and if you need anything further answered or clarified on it let me know!
Thanks again for the comments, and I look forward to seeing some pictures of your SM8 build soon (even if it is before you water cool it-all SM8 pictures are welcome here!).