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Some teasers, as I have finished a lot of the painting (not all) and still need to polish the pieces I photographed here.











Turns out it's possible to paint with spray paint... Some quick sketching with Rust-Oleum enamel in white and black night metallic (too gray--need to get some pure black):

   
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That's such a hawt color!!!! Does that make unmanly? Or does it make me more manly that I'm down with a feminine color? Either way it looks fantastic.

I'll post a pic with my painted mesh in an hour or so.
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Thanks. It's an interesting color--it can look a LOT more blue or pinky like that; depends strongly on the lighting. Here's a photo where it looks more blue photo before I turned on more lights

   
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OMG thats epic paint job.
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Looking good so far! And as far as the internals go, it'll just be some simple/generic stuff?
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Looking good so far! And as far as the internals go, it'll just be some simple/generic stuff?

Unfortunately, yes. My mom's got a fairly simple MSI mATX board and a Sandy i3 that I got for her a year and a half ago. Still using integrated graphics. Nothing fancy to show off, and it does everything she needs to do. The window is going to be a dark smoked acrylic, so all you'll really see is silhouettes and the LED glow, which is my intention. Or I'd have possibly gone for a completely transparent acrylic.
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OMG thats epic paint job.

Thank you, I'm pretty happy with it. I love interesting colors. This inspired me to do a glossy metallic paint job at some point. Dunno for what, because there aren't any cases left to paint smile.gif
   
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I finished my paintjob
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I like it! Especially next to that blanket on the couch. The important part is for you to like it.
   
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How much prep are you guys doing with the painted pieces? Any sanding, priming, etc. or just base and clear coats? I was thinking of painting anything in the case that is currently white - don't really dig the piano keys look.

How did you remove the front plastic panel from the Arc Mini? I couldn't see a way of removing that piece from my Arc Midi R2 without breaking the tabs.
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I would rub everything with alcohol and maybe sand lightly with very fine sandpaper, like 1500-grit if you have a shiny surface to start with and coarser (400-grit and up) if you have a rough powder coated surface. I believe your white parts are very glossy, so you don't need to do much with them beyond light sanding and wiping with alcohol. You don't need any primers if you're not painting on bare metal. Many paints also adhere to plastic to start with, such as Rust-Oleum's Painter's Touch (HIGHLY recommended--best spray paint I've used to date, and I've tried Krylons and Dupli-Color paints). Otherwise, there are primers for plastic surfaces, before you apply spray paint to them.

When painting, do a very light first layer of paint--you'll see most of the white through it. About a minute later, do another coat, slightly heavier. Then a minute later do another light coat. Basically keep coating lightly until you can't see the white anymore. Spray around 20cm away from the surface in back and forth motion--don't stop over any area or you'll end up with a liquid pool of paint, which is bad. You want thin layers that dry quickly for an even finish. When you're done with color, use a clear coat (such as Rust-Oleum's Painter's Touch in clear gloss) within 1 hour or after 24 hours (read directions on your cans). Light coat of clear to start with, then 2-3 heavy coats. Then wait a day or two before doing extremely light sanding over clear coat (optional, 1500-2000grit) and (optionally) finishing with a rubbing/polishing compound.

This guy wrote a good guide:
http://www.overclock.net/t/382840/guide-painting-patterns-with-spraypaint

(and he's also using Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch thumb.gif Such good paint!)
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The front panel is held by plastic locking things on the sides on the Mini. You squeeze them and push them through to the front to pop the panel out.
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