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Edited by TheLAWNOOB - 4/14/13 at 4:55pm
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I have seen people cover their PCB and paint the heatsinks and ram slots. They suggested inserting and removing the ram/PCIe card several times to get the paint out.
But oh god please don't paint your AM3+ socket.
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post #3 of 357
You could. Although, I don't know what paints may or may not be conductive. Your best bet would be a rubberized coating like Plastidip (http://www.plastidip.com/home_solutions/Plasti_Dip) which can also be peeled off if you aren't happy with it.

I recommend masking off as much as possible though. Like MOSFETs, capacitors, all your sockets.etc.

You also don't want to cover anything that conducts heat, or generally gets hot.
 
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post #4 of 357
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You could. Although, I don't know what paints may or may not be conductive. Your best bet would be a rubberized coating like Plastidip (http://www.plastidip.com/home_solutions/Plasti_Dip) which can also be peeled off if you aren't happy with it.

I recommend masking off as much as possible though. Like MOSFETs, capacitors, all your sockets.etc.

You also don't want to cover anything that conducts heat, or generally gets hot.

thanks
Edited by TheLAWNOOB - 4/6/13 at 11:27am
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post #5 of 357
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But I just want to dump my entire mobo in white paint frown.gif

I suppose you could with white Plastidip. People paint their whole freaking cars in the stuff: https://www.dipyourcar.com/home.php

I wouldn't use paint for the simple fact that it's pretty much permanent, and some paints can conduct electricity.
 
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post #6 of 357
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is this paint non-conductive as well?
Edited by TheLAWNOOB - 4/6/13 at 11:27am
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post #7 of 357
Just use engine block, or brake caliper paint. Those won't get color fading from heat, and they are much better heat conductors than their regular acrylic counterparts.

Mask everything that goes in contact with a heatsink though, you don't want to put insulation on those.

And of course, cover every single port/slot with painters tape.
   
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post #8 of 357
Quote:
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I can always paint it over with another color smile.gif

Too bad Plasti Paint costs twice as much in Canada.

By the way, oil based paints are non-conductive right?

Since most oils are non-conductive, then that means this paint should be non-conductive as well?

Paints generally consist of four parts: Vehicle, Binder, Pigment and Fillers. The vehicle of the paint doesn't really matter as this evaporates leaving only the pigment , binder and fillers if any are used. Pigments and fillers are mainly what are going to cause a conductive issue as they tend to be metals and or metal oxides. Many years ago a hotrodder buddy of mine painted a bunch of his engine parts and then had issues. It turned out to be the red oxide (Iron Oxide) primer he used to base coat everything. One night we lifted his hood and you could see electricity arcing down around his distributor cap. Looked pretty cool but obviously he was having ignition problems. He painted another distributor cap using the paint only and did not have the problem.

P.S> I suggest being bold with your white statement and use fake spray snow. thumb.gif


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I will go to home depot on Tuesday and get some white spray paint. I'll do the cat5 cable conductivity test.
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Well, just tested my paint coated cat5 cable and it is not electrically conductive !
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