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Painting a Xigmatek XAF-F1253. Advice?

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Greetings OCN!

After reading the many helpful guides about case fan painting, put up by several members of OCN, I finally decided to paint my case fans as well.

I painted a Thermaltake TT-1225 (Blue LED's) fan:
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I think it turned out okay for a first time paint job smile.gif



But then I tried painting my Xigmatek XAF-F1253 fan and the problems started.

First, I couldn't figure out how to disassemble it because it doesn't have a rubber pad that pops out the back, exposing the "C" clip. So I watched a video where a dude with a Xigmatek fan just applied some force to the fan and it popped right out of its housing. I did that, and it worked (though I'm still not sure if I've broken it tongue.gif).



Second, I sanded away the chrome lining since I didn't like it.





The third problem, and the one I'm still having trouble with, is coverage of the fan blades. After applying like 4 layers of white paint, this is what they look like:




I want to completely cover the orange color of the fan blades themselves. Should I just keep applying more layers of paint? I'm stumped here since I don't have any experience painting colored fan blades.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by B0nes - 1/14/13 at 1:10am
post #2 of 6
Did you sand them down properly? If the color doesn't stick and you lkeep adding layers in order to get around that you'd soon end up with an unbalanced fan making annoying noises.
 
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post #3 of 6
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Yeah, I did sand it down, though I did so VERY lightly with 220 grit sandpaper (I assume that's the problem).

Since I first posted this thread, I've removed the paint with nail polish remover (lol) and now only a few faint patches of the paint remain.

Should I now sand the fan once more with 800 grit sandpaper and then repaint??
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Ahem, my apologies for the bump, but I really would appreciate some assistance since the fan is lying disassembled, and I'd really like to paint it and put it back together again.
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OK... So I sanded the fan thoroughly with 800 grit sandpaper, and then repainted it:





STILL no difference... I just can't seem to get a flat white color like this fan I've painted:



Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. To reiterate, I need advice on what to do to completely cover the orange color of the fan itself with white spray paint.
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Are you using a primer or undercoat ?
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