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Anyone had any experience doing this? I am wanting to possibly powder my 360 UT 60's to the same matte white to match my CaseLabs SM8. I am particulaly looking at the people that have actually done this, and what experience they had. I have read that it could damage the internals, and I am wanting to know how much truth there is to that or if I should be ok (talking about just doing the housing, of course. I at least know not to cover the fins with paint/powder). My other alternative is to try to closely match the whites and just spray em with a rattle can or use some white carbon fiber di-noc, but I am preferring the powder to the latter 2. Any tips/info/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! thumb.gif


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It shouldn't make a difference i saw someone on this site, pretty sure it was the NZXT Rep who had colored his rads white.
It shouldn't do anything anyway.
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If you're that serious about it. It wouldn't cost much to have a shop paint match the color and spray the rads. I would not powder coat them. You have to bake the rads and the temp might loosen the flux, bad juju.
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It shouldn't make a difference i saw someone on this site, pretty sure it was the NZXT Rep who had colored his rads white.
It shouldn't do anything anyway.


Cool, thanks for the input my man.


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If you're that serious about it. It wouldn't cost much to have a shop paint match the color and spray the rads. I would not powder coat them. You have to bake the rads and the temp might loosen the flux, bad juju.


Ahh, this is along the lines of what I had been reading about. Only problem is finding a decent, reputable and fair paint shop in Hawaii that isn't overpriced. God I love this place. spam1.gif Thanks for the info man, much appreciated. +Rep on the paint match suggestion.


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Yeap, be careful of the oven temps they use. Ovens an reach 400F and that's more than enough to reflow/melt solder.
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check out cpachris's build. I'm almost certain he powder coated his rads and had no issues.

This is his build log - http://www.overclock.net/t/1266202/build-log-the-big-budget-boomer-box-aka-the-bbbb/0_50
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check out cpachris's build. I'm almost certain he powder coated his rads and had no issues.
This is his build log - http://www.overclock.net/t/1266202/build-log-the-big-budget-boomer-box-aka-the-bbbb/0_50

Yeah I took a look at his log and found what you were referring to, so thank you for the link.thumb.gif However, it looks as if though even he was worried about the same things I am worried about myself. Seeing as his build log has the words "Big Budget" in it, I am sure he could afford a mishap. Unfortunately for me, I cannot, and prefer not to leave it to chance either. It could also potentially just weaken some things and present problems in the future, i just don't know. At the end of the day, I think I am going to go with tsm106's idea and just get them paint matched. I ended up finding a place in the last hour that actually does magazine cover quality work (why I didn't think of it considering he has done work on my Harley is beyond me). I am sure he could do a top notch job at matching the texture, color and look. Again, thank you for the link!


(Shameless Self Promotion) [Build Log] Calamity (CaseLabs SM8/G1 Sniper 3 Water Cooled Build). Check it out if you want to see how things progress. biggrin.gif


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