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Hey, I want to mod my 10yr old compaq. The sides are metal or aluminum, and the front is plastic. I saw some paint mods here before, but now I just can't find them, even by searching. This is what I think I need to do, am I right or wrong?

1. Sand
2. airbrush
3. airbrush a few more times
4. clear coat

Is this right? Can you give me some details on the sandpaper type, paint type? Will this give me a really shiny, reflective effect? Like a 1st gen ipod nano? Or a car? Thanks for the help
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Stick with a mild sandpaper. 400-600 grit. All you want to do is rough the existing surface up enough to make the new paint stick.

the trick to making a paint job look good is several light coats. When I paint things, I usually do 7-10 light coats depending on the depth of color i want. If you rush it, your paint will start to run and look like poopoo.

make sure it's completely dry before you clear, otherwise it'll gum up and won't dry properly. Same with the clear, 4-6 very light coats depending on how much shine you want.

When you are finished, depending on how skilled you are, you can wet sand the clear with a 1500-2000 wetsanding paper to smooth it out and really make it glow.
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alright, thanks. That link is what I was looking for but I realized that it's for plastic. I guess I'll use less coats. And since I'll be using an airbrush, does anyone know where I can get some good masks or whatever they're called?
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alright, thanks. That link is what I was looking for but I realized that it's for plastic. I guess I'll use less coats. And since I'll be using an airbrush, does anyone know where I can get some good masks or whatever they're called?
you can get cloth face masks at any local hardware or paint supply. Most of the time they give them away if you shop there.
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alright, thanks. That link is what I was looking for but I realized that it's for plastic. I guess I'll use less coats. And since I'll be using an airbrush, does anyone know where I can get some good masks or whatever they're called?
yeah just get them at a home depot or something (M3 aka MACH 3) is the brand what is mostly been used... they don't cost a thing (you're looking at a $1 or 2 )

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somthing like this
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Oh I totally forgot that I need a mask. But I was talking about this kind of mask:

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/par/par10786.htm
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