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I want to paint my case. . . but have a few questions. I want to paint it gloss white. I love the look of a white case. first, the window. its riveted in. will tape be that bad for it? I would drill it out but they're flat on the top and when I put it back together I don't want the holes in the rivets. second, what are cases painted with in the first place? I have a cooler master elite 430. it don't feel like powder coat, but it don't feel like paint either...kinda in between. would I be ok scuffing it real good? or do I need to really get at it, then prime? I DON'T want the white popping off.
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you can light sand it till its smooth , for the white to be real glossy biggrin.gif the more smooth , the more glossy will end up biggrin.gif no need to do the sand it till bare metal and do the whole process

... but . its advised that you sand it till u hit bare metal and do the whole prime-sand-prime-smooth-paint-sand-paint-sand-paint till u see its uniform-light sand it-start with the clear coats

its alot of work but in the end it wont chip away smile.gif you decide
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Getting a high gloss finish isn't as easy as you'd think. It requires a lot of sanding, then wet sanding. A good primer and a good quality gloss spray. I spent a week sanding and priming my old case with hopes of a piano gloss finish. It didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped.

All I can suggest it take your time and don't rush it. You'll want to sand your case about 5 or 6 times, each time using a finer grit paper.
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thanks for the advice...but the glossy-ness has little to do with how smooth its sanded, and getting a high gloss finish IS as easy as i'd think. I've worked in a few body shops doing the paint prep, and then the color sanding once it's done. I also, do custom stereos...one of my favorite but most time consuming is fiberglass boxes...with painted finishes. but I don't know what these cases are painted with. its not regular paint... I do appreciate the the advice. my biggest question is what to do with the window. I don't want to drill it cause the rivets will have holes when I put it back together...but i'm afraid taping will a) ruin the window or b) leave black showing/white will run under tape.

I know this a computer site, but give me a little and i'll try to find some of the pics of my stereo boxes from over on caraudio.com...
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check out these, lost a lot of pics, they were all hosted on imageshack back in 05, and they're just not there anymore frown.gif






cant find a before pic, but here is before 'most' of the glass


before paint



base coat



clear coat (please note the 'dots' is not on the paint, but dust on camera lens)


note the 'ghost' logo smile.gif




not painted, but this was my favorite box. 2 15's in a 6th order series tuned bandpass wall. did 156 legal smile.gif
2 15" soundstream dbx dual 2, 350w x 1 @ 4ohm...scoped at 2700w x1 @ 1/2ohm thumb.gif

Edited by jellyfish420 - 2/20/13 at 11:56am
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As you know from your painting experience, prep, prep and more prep. I'd break the surface with fine grit paper, then prime over it and paint as normal.

As for the rivets, you won't be reusing them. Drill them out and get new ones, or use some cool looking screws/nuts to reattach the window.
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