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Should I paint or vinyl wrap my case?

post #1 of 6
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I have a NZXT 810 in white, its a mix of plastic and metal pieces obviously but it really annoys me how the shades of white on the actual metal are much more brilliant white then the other plastic pieces which look more matte.

I have a pretty damn good heatgun (cost me $100 last year) and have vinyl wrapped a lot of 3m vinyl for my car and my friends car. I did a preliminary diss assembly of the 810 and almost everything can be removed, everything is either screwed in or has some plastic tabs so I'm confident I could get the wrap to look pretty good.

I am thinking about doing something in a silver/grey (matte) or perhaps anthracite gloss. I really suck a painting, little to no experience. Has anyone vinyl wrapped a pc?

I've worked with di-noc which I believe is much harder to mold around edges than 1080 scotch from 3m
post #2 of 6
I've seen plenty of vinyl wrapped case components. The Switch810 should be pretty easy to wrap as it has very few compound curves where you'd have to really stretch the vinyl. If you're familiar with the process, and suck at painting, then definitely go with a wrap.
post #3 of 6
You know, I had a pretty complex case mod in mind for my HAF932... but with all the complex and odd angles, I may go the route you mention here.. and even consider getting the same case since it looks very mod friendly biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 6
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I have a good heatgun that has a few different heat settings, if you heat good vinyl hot enough it will mold to almost any edge pretty easily. I think I'm gonna do it. I'm just not sure what color to pick. Doing carbon fiber would be a pita because you would need to either buy a very large piece like 5x5 square feet instead of just 5feet by 1feet because you need the pattern to match along edges. Or carefully try to match the pattern.

I am thinking gloss anthracite or dark grey
post #5 of 6
Well, and you'd have to pattern match where the panels come together too. Carbon fiber is a rough one to do an entire exterior with. I prefer to look at it as a good accent material.

If you've got pictures of those colors, post them up. I haven't seen them.
post #6 of 6
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oh i thought i linked it, heres what 3m offers in 1080 scotchprint vinyl. They also have di noc. Di-noc is slightly thicker and you really will need a heat gun for it. Scotch is slightly thinner and should be easier with a hair dryer.

Both are used on many automotive applications interior and exterior (gloss black roofs etc).

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawebserver?mwsId=PPPPPr6wH0cpiuqRl7xsi7qbbs6nb06wEsQPbsQPbPPPPPP--


I think you can order samples for $1 on metrorestyling.com
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