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Hello everyone! I'm very pleased to be making this thread today as this marks the beginning of my very first case mod (that is well documented and actually took some time). Only thing I did previous to this was making a window for my "Blue Plasma" rig.

Moving right along, this mod is me trying to bring some new life into an old Rosewill case from about 2005. I didn't take pictures before I started dissassembly so here's a newegg link to the most similar looking case I could find: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147010

The case in that link is almost identical, just a few minor changes must've been made over the years.

I decided to call this mod "Black Meets White" for two reasons. First, I'm not a good name maker tongue.gif and second, The main exterior change in this case is the fact that I am making most of the front white.

It should be noted this is pretty much the first time I'm painting anything with spray paint, I guess we'll see how it goes.

Current Progress


Front Painted


Original Plan:



Any suggestions or advice is welcome, thanks for viewing my mod smile.gif
Edited by EpicAMDGamer - 3/29/13 at 9:45am
     
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Update 1: I have completed the sanding of the front. I used whatever miscellaneous sand paper that I had. Hopefully that'll be sufficient.




I'll probably paint today.
Edited by EpicAMDGamer - 2/23/13 at 4:26pm
     
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Okay so about an hour ago I spray painted it like I said I would and I also made a discovery. I'm horrible at spray painting tongue.gif

Got lots of drops and its runny and some sharpie that was on the front got all runny and mixed into the paint.

For whatever reason the DVD drive front turned blue. It must be something with the paint they used because when I sprayed it white it just turned blue.


I'll probably sand down the drips and runs on the front and touch it up. Anyone have any advice on what to do with the dvd drive turning blue?
     
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What paint did you use?..for plastic you have 2 choices
1-vinyl paint,get from auto shops -it soaks into the plastic makes it soft for a few hours but once dry it's perfect,doesn't chip-no primer needed,but since your painting white onto black it'll need a few coats.needs long drying time between coats and it stinks.
2-normal acrylic or enamel metal paint But you have to use Plastic primer first-a few coats, sand with wet sandpaper (600-800 grit)--then apply color coats and sand with 1200-2000 grit.use acrylic or enamel,but don't mix them, if you must you can apply enamel over acrylic but not the other way round

Most important thing with painting is preparation-surface has to be clean and dry,warm up the cans in a bucket half filled with hot water for 10 mins,give them a decent shake,have a cloth handy and keep the nozzle clean,apply light coats not thick heavy ones- need a clean workspace,dust is your enemy ,wear a mask.

I think the paint you used has mixed with the black and created blue...maybe it's reacted with the plastic?try some plastic primer first or use vinyl paint

Good luck
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Update 2: Paint finished!

I have painted the front, 2 coats. I let it get dry enough to handle then put all the pieces of the front of the case back to together. I'm actually really pleased with how this looks. There is a corner that is a bit runny so maybe some other day I'll sand it back down and re paint it but I'm fine with it at the moment.


As I said earlier, oddly enough the front of the DVD drive turned blue! I even put a second coat on but it still turned blue again. And since painting it you can clearly see giant scrapes in it. I"ll probably buy some primer and use it then make it white later on, for now, it's fine.

Anyways, PICTURES!









I really need to find some covers for the floppy drive bays, I have a few but they don't snap in correctly.
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What paint did you use?..for plastic you have 2 choices
1-vinyl paint,get from auto shops -it soaks into the plastic makes it soft for a few hours but once dry it's perfect,doesn't chip-no primer needed,but since your painting white onto black it'll need a few coats.needs long drying time between coats and it stinks.
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Most important thing with painting is preparation-surface has to be clean and dry,warm up the cans in a bucket half filled with hot water for 10 mins,give them a decent shake,have a cloth handy and keep the nozzle clean,apply light coats not thick heavy ones- need a clean workspace,dust is your enemy ,wear a mask.

I think the paint you used has mixed with the black and created blue...maybe it's reacted with the plastic?try some plastic primer first or use vinyl paint

Good luck

Yeah I'm using some Krylon Semi Gloss White. I cannot find if it's enamel or acrylic or what. I'll just buy some primer later and hope that'll fix it.

I've never heard of putting the cans in warm water but it sounds like a great idea as I was trying to figure out how to warm them up earlier because they're stored in a garage that's a bit chilly.

Thanks for your help smile.gif
     
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your welcome

looks good so far.. its all a learning experience coupled with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
but once bitten by the modding bug it's hard to let go..theres always something extra to add or paint

maybe add some 3.5 devices to your floppy bays--fan controller/ card reader /usb 3
for the covers that dont fit try adding masking tape to the clips or sand them if they're too tight..you could even add a alum/acrylic panel

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Update 3: Sleeving some legacy cables!
My plan for this rig is to make it just like one you'd see in about 2007 or so. I even have hardware that perfectly fits that time frame which I'll be telling you all about later.
Focus of this update is that I took some IDE cables (in the picture it's a 40pin IDE for a CD ROM) and I seperated the wires, twisted them, sleeved them, and covered the ends in duct tape until I get some heat shrink lol


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your welcome

looks good so far.. its all a learning experience coupled with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
but once bitten by the modding bug it's hard to let go..theres always something extra to add or paint

maybe add some 3.5 devices to your floppy bays--fan controller/ card reader /usb 3
for the covers that dont fit try adding masking tape to the clips or sand them if they're too tight..you could even add a alum/acrylic panel

smile.gif

Hehe I guess I probably will become addicted to modding as I've become addicted to HWBOT just like people said I would.

Perhaps I could add some stuff in there. I dont have much money though so that'll be a last option.

I might see if I have a big enough piece of acrylic left over and see if it'll fit. If not I still have the metal casing from like 3 different cd drives that I can cut and bend and paint etc.
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Update 4: Lots of Changes!!!











I had lots of stuff going on in this update.
I painted the entire inside of the case with semi gloss black as well as the back.
I cut out a window and installed some smoked acrylic.
I painted a white square on each side and the top to add a bit of character to the case.
I also installed a led light bar that is completely homemade! I might actually make a tutorial for making this light bar!

I also got the system inside the case as well.

(once I do more touching up I will take some high quality high res pics)
Let me know what you guys think!
Edited by EpicAMDGamer - 3/6/13 at 3:07pm
     
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Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD WD Caviar Blue SATA II 640GB EK CPUWB & Rad, Temporary XSPC Pump & Res, All ... Windows 7 Home Premium 
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