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Hey all, in my build log, here (check it out, yo), I mention that I am trying to get a metallic/black look for my internals. Something that matches this SSD:


I think I'm going to try my hand at using metal tubing instead of rubber or pvc. I have some experience in working copper, but never stainless steel. My questions are:
  • Will it match, or just be a weird off-shade?
  • If it won't match, what metal should I use?
  • What OD should I use? I was thinking 3/8", but I could be swayed elsewise.
  • Are stainless-designed compression fittings good enough to hold a seal with zero leaks?

Thanks! I think this will be a really fun build, but I could use some quick advice getting it off the ground.

ps- I was gonna post this in the pipe bending thread, but it was already so cluttered I didn't bother. Should it in fact go there instead?
    
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Prepare to use corrosion inhibitors.

Using dissimilar metals in such a high quantities will get you problems.

PS: try titanium, its is good color i heard. - and corrosion resistant.
Edited by Cidd - 3/4/13 at 10:16am
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You can't mix stainless with copper or nickel. Galvanic corrosion because their anodic indices are too far apart. Why not just use regular tubing and sleeve it with grey mesh? You could mix it with black sleeving to duplicate the ssd's color scheme exactly.
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Prepare to use corrosion inhibitors.
Using dissimilar metals in such a high quantities will get you problems.
So, I could use Nickel-Copper tubing itself, and avoid the problems? That's quite a bit more expensive, but worth avoiding corrosion issues.

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You can't mix stainless with copper or nickel. Galvanic corrosion because their anodic indices are too far apart. Why not just use regular tubing and sleeve it with grey mesh? You could mix it with black sleeving to duplicate the ssd's color scheme exactly.
I hadn't thought of that. I could sleeve it with grey steel expandable sleeving. Interesting. It wouldn't give the rigid look of the metal tubing, but you're right about the coloring.
    
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Look at this thread for more info:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1280153/pipe-bending-101

I wlll be using 10mm OD 1mm wall copper pipes with these fittings:
http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p2324_10mm-G1-4-plug-fitting-black-plastics.html

I suggest you use copper pipes and get them nickel plated or just polish them as I will be doing. But copper tarnishes, so I may just paint them with metallic copper spray paint.
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Do titanium tubing loop, lots of bling!
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honestly if i were in your shoes, and i wanted the look of brushed stainless steel, i'd bend up the tubing, and coat the inside of the tubes with a metal varnish(and/or lacquer) that's waterproof, then varnish the outsides after you did the brushing, making sure i coat any part of the tubing that will come in contact with the water with 2-3 coats to be on the safe side

you best bet would be to look for a marine metal finish of some kind
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Using copper pipes will negate any galvanic corrosion. And copper is easier to bend anyway, as it's relatively soft.
Feel free to polish/paint/plate the outside to your heart's content without ever worrying if the inside is corroding.
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