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Hey guys,

I own 2 noctua nf-f12 and one nf-p12. As most people do, I hate their color and would like to spray paint them to better fit the black and white theme of my cases interior. Would anyone advise me against it? If not, then any tips on how to go about doing this correctly?

Thanks!
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Hey guys,

I own 2 noctua nf-f12 and one nf-p12. As most people do, I hate their color and would like to spray paint them to better fit the black and white theme of my cases interior. Would anyone advise me against it? If not, then any tips on how to go about doing this correctly?

Thanks!

short answer NO i would not paint them

long answer if you can protect the blades from the paint and ONLY paint the housing then go for it. if you get paint on the blades it will 1 throw it out of balance and 2 effect air flow ( will not be huge but this is still why i would not )
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In that case, do you have any suggestion regarding other methods of changing their color? Color the blades with a black permanent marker perhaps?
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I agree with Mega Man, otherwise you'll likely get decreased lifespan, decrease in cooling efficiency, increase in noise amongst other problems if not done perfectly.

 

Just get new fans if they bother you that much... probably would cost about the same as a can of paint.


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personally i wouldnt but you can it will still effect them. but not as much
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paint the housing normally.
either dye or sparkle paint the blades
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How often do you stand there idolizing your computer fans lol. If theyre installed in the case, I dont see why youd want to?

Theyre one of the best fans you can buy. If looks is all you care about, stick with the $3 neo light fans. Now theyre hardcore!
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It's ok to paint the fan blades, if done properly teaching.gif ...I've painted some fan blades before and they are still being used in the kid's pc after a couple of years biggrin.gif If the fan blades are not sprayed evenly, it can cause an unbalanced spin rotation and if the paint coat is too heavy, it can effect the overall performance of the fan itself. The technique to spraying the fan is quite simple and there are some videos out there that shows this technique. Doing this requires patience so if you have any old fans, you should take some time & practice before doing a custom job on those pricey Noctua fans winksmiley02.gif

Here's a good video for you to check out thumb.gif



And another one thumb.gif



BTW...Here's a thread showing some Scythe Gentle Typhoons painted... http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?236580-Painting-my-Scythe-Gentle-Typhoon-120mm-fans

They look ballin' drool.gifbut IMO, he did not have to apply that many paint coats (7 to 10 weirdsmiley.gif ). I recommend only to paint the front (or top) side of the fan blades (or the side that will be visible) but that's me. The more coats you apply, the more it can effect the performance. Remember, the more coats of paint is adding more weight to the fan blade itself.
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/13/13 at 4:45am
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check out this build log http://www.overclock.net/t/1266202/build-log-the-big-budget-boomer-box-aka-the-bbbb/0_50. He pretty much goes thru all the possible options with dyeing and painting. iirc he had no problems, you just have to pull the fans apart, mask off and put on a lot of very thing coats
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