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Okay rolleyes.gif

There is a lot more R&D and Technology that goes into a Toyota Camry than into a '64 GTO but I wouldn't call a GTO "low end"

Anyway, that's off topic. You're saying that more testing and development goes into those fans thus the chances of a change affecting their performance is greater. Noted.

that's not really the point, the point is that the expensive fans specially those geared toward silence have a very little margin of error when it come to balance, and that's what you have paid for. now if you want to throw those expensive fans off balance then that's really up to you.

is it worth it to paint the blades and make them a little more noisy? it's your call. sean is just giving an example
Edited by ghostrider85 - 1/9/13 at 7:21pm
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im not saying typhoons arent amazing fans, they are, they have a perfect high static pressure optimized fan blade, undervolt awesome and their motors are amazing, they just dont have the highly delicate tech in them like other fans, like noctuas. thumb.gif

I understand smile.gif

It was just worded poorly lol.

So basically since I am using these on a 480 radiator at lower speeds the chances of any sort of paint changing the performance is pretty low.
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that's not really the point, the point is that the expensive fans specially those geared toward silence have a very little margin of error when it come to balance, and that's what you have paid for. now if you want to throw those expensive fans off balance then that's really up to you.

is it worth it to paint the blades and make them a little more noisy? it's your call. sean is just giving an example.

That's what I said in my previous post. More research has gone into making them perform how they wish for them to perform. Its the same thing as taking a Mercedes and buying a "better" exhaust only to find that the engineers actually did their job and you just ruined your car.
Edited by Crim427 - 1/9/13 at 7:22pm
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My best guess is you should be okay. I certainly see a lot of people painting there fans on here. My main concern is how well will the paint stay long term. I personally have to clean my fans from time to time. I use q-tips damp with alcohol, so I don't think that would be good for the paint. It could come off and then become unbalanced.

I personally have decided not to paint my fans because I prefer performance over looks.
     
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My best guess is you should be okay. I certainly see a lot of people painting there fans on here. My main concern is how well will the paint stay long term. I personally have to clean my fans from time to time. I use q-tips damp with alcohol, so I don't think that would be good for the paint. It could come off and then become unbalanced.

I personally have decided not to paint my fans because I prefer performance over looks.

I've never had to use alcohol for anything other than removing thermal paste. You find it necessary for dust?
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yea dont you find like a damp towel is better for getting out dust than a dry one? Plus it actually picks up the dust, not just moves it or pools it all in the corner. Doing it with IPA assures it evaporates quickly instead of sitting there like water.

IPA is a mild solvent but should be fine if your just wiping something down, it's soaking something for hours that is when paint dissolves. Look into modelers paint, you can find them at hobby stores, for good paint that is great on plastic.

If you are really worried about the paint coming undone, chipping, or coming off from a solvent, get some varnish too (depending on the varnish, it can make it more matte/glossy, and generally will work to pop out the color more). Games workshop has some 'purity seal' which is half decent but there's better varnishes out there.

Modeling paint is also formulated to be very thin (so as to not obscure minute details in figurines), so it would be perfect for spraying onto computer fans so you don't cause them to get unbalanced. This is coming from someone who used to paint figurines competitively.
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Actually I just hold the blade and blast it with air, then use a qtip and remove the rest. Never wet it or anything, i gather up whats left and blast it again.
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I've never had to use alcohol for anything other than removing thermal paste. You find it necessary for dust?

If I had painted fans I would not use the alcohol. I only use it because it does evaporate more quickly. I do like the q-tip to be damp with alcohol because it seems to clean off any residue that accumulates dust.
I live in a house that is still fairly dusty, even after a couple years I doing things to help clean it up. So I really had to do a deep cleaning on some fans last year. The color of the q-tips is kinda nasty. lol
     
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If I had painted fans I would not use the alcohol. I only use it because it does evaporate more quickly. I do like the q-tip to be damp with alcohol because it seems to clean off any residue that accumulates dust.
I live in a house that is still fairly dusty, even after a couple years I doing things to help clean it up. So I really had to do a deep cleaning on some fans last year. The color of the q-tips is kinda nasty. lol

Yeah definately not with alochol on painted items.

I do a full clean every 3 or 4 months so its never like caked on dust.
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If you got an air compressor or datavac that's great, but not all of us have access to one all the time smile.gif

Like canned air often isn't enough for me to get dust off of fans. It'll get most of the dust out, but it won't like get that layer of dust that stays on. A nice IPA rub gets things shiny again.

Isapropyl alcohol will be fine to wipe down modeling paint/games workshop paint as long as it's a rub down. As a mild solvent, it's not a good idea to dip your fans into it and leave them in it (why would you ever do that?), but for a wipe it's perfectly fine. It depends what paint you use, but if you use modelers, games workship paint (light, good on plastic, water based acrylic, just the perfect stuff for painting computer fans frankly, then IPA wipes will be fine.

You aren't going to find something that evaporates quickly that isn't a solvent or hard to obtain. IPA is mild, cheap, and not hazardous, making it perfect for a wipedown on plastic, electrical components that are painted with modelers paint.

I say this because of personal experience, too. Ideally you got an air compressor, but if you don't, you need a damp towel and water isn't the greatest (i mean it's okay but isn't as effective and it being water it might stay around or drip and be a problem, ipa evaporates quickly enough).
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unless you put on an extremely heavy coat, paint on a fan won't affect it at all.
    
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