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What kind of vinyl to use for case decals?

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I have a headache now after trying to sort through the numerous kinds of vinyl and adhesive available for crafts and modding. I want to try to stick with 3M products because I know they have a great reputation. My main concern is choosing a vinyl film that is removable without damaging a painted surface (or leaving adhesive residue) on a computer case; similar to the vinyl used for electronics skins.

I only need to buy (small) sheets of solid matte colors, specifically grey and blue. The only kind of vinyl film I can find to buy is the kind used for customizing cars (DI-NOC, 1080, etc.) which are all permanent unless you use a special solvent for removal.

Any ideas from the OCN modders?
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post #2 of 15
I used the 3m Di-noc Carbon Fiber vinyl on my custom 5.25 drive bay, looks good and comes off easy
there's a pic of it in my sig rig if you wonder what it looks like.

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I can't enlarge the picture enough to see the carbon fiber vinyl.

On a side note, what's with the knife? Are you really a killer?
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post #4 of 15
If you want small pieces, check with local sign shops. Also, have you tried EBay?
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Take a look for Laser Printer Water Slide Decals on Google.

 

You can print your own decals. They work just like the ones you get with a plastic model kits.

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post #6 of 15
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It's not the medium that I have a problem with, I know I want vinyl, but the problem is, what kind of vinyl? 3M has numerous choices o different kinds of vinyl and adhesive. I did not want something that would damage the paint underneath if removed in the future.

On a side note, instead of making a new thread. I was playing around with some simple 'mods' and thought about using EL wire for that channel that runs the height and length of the CM 690 II. But what do you think? I made a mockup in PS of the vinyl pattern (has to be something fairly easy I can cut by hand) and the EL wire lights? Does it looks cheap and tacky? Or clean and nice?

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post #7 of 15
EL Wire is kind of underwhelming once it's installed. Looks like a good use for it though. I like the concept.

3M Di-Noc will not mess up your paint. There are other 3M vinyls that they use on wrapping cars that won't damage the paint either.

I like the decal mockup. I'd consider extending the pattern as an etch on the window.
post #8 of 15
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Hopefully I will get at this over Christmas break, if I do end up doing this mod I'll try to post back with photos.

I made a new mockup, what do you think? And, no, this is not a Tron-theme mod by any stretch, if it appears that way it's unintentional.

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post #9 of 15
But... blue EL wire = TRON!

Looks pretty nice. You have any other plans for it other than the sticker and EL wire?
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At the moment? No, probably not. I mean there are things I've always wanted to do, but frankly just don't have the budget or time for right now. Cable sleeving being one. I am budgeting any 'spare' money for a new graphics card. Just thought since everything on my case was stock, and boring, I'd add a few customizations to spruce it up a little.
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