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Anyone ever paint sata or 24 pin ports? etc?

post #1 of 22
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Hey guys. I will be using a Sabertooth Z87 board for my upcoming project. I'm going with a black and titanium grey theme, not camo like the Sabertooth.

I know the thermal armor can be easily removed and painted, but has anyone taken off ports/connectors off a motherboard and painted them, or know if this is possible? Would I have to just unsolder the spots at the back, and if I did, would this cause any potential problems or be very difficult to solder back on properly?
post #2 of 22
I would recommend against painting the ports because you could easily kill the port by painting over a contact or something of the sort. The idea of de-soldering the ports does not sound very good either because now-a-days electronics are soldered by precise machines.
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To de solder something like the 24 pin would most like need a very hot soldering iron. Then you would need to take out the pins and you could dye the plastic part.
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Mmh I see.. I am a perfectionist and the build I am building will include lots of work including cutting a side window, spray painting inside out, logos, MDPC sleeving, etc etc.

I would think there would be a way to possibly dye or paint these plastic connectors, or maybe purchase them and resolder them, but true the points are so small I don't know if it'd be easy to solder back such small connectors as well as doing all the other things..
post #5 of 22
If you want the SATA ports to be black, leave them in place on the board and take some black felt markers to them. I've used them to blacken cable insulation, connectors, etc., even screw heads. Get two or three different sizes so you can get to all the nooks and crannies and still get quick coverage and the larger areas.

Another option might be to use thin plastic sheets to make a shield to cover the ports.
     
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post #6 of 22
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Painting on Plastic with a black felt marker..? I don't want a shiny and bad coating on the ports though.
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Depends on how shiny the plastic is. I've colored several cables and connectors using felt pens and the color is even and no more shinier that the original surface. You so have to use good felt pens, such as Sharpies, and work fast to avoid smearing. A bit of skill is required so it would be wise to practice on something cheap. Also, the markers have to be fresh.

The two SATA cables in this picture were originally red. The connectors are the original color.



The PCI slot covers on the back of the case were colored with a felt pen.



Once the HBA card and the GPU are out of warranty, I'm going to color their slot covers, too.
Edited by Lady Fitzgerald - 5/20/13 at 8:15pm
     
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post #8 of 22
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Hmm.. and I suppose it's permanent.. but I wonder if heat generated from the metal inside the board would effect it or anything. I really don't wanna ruin a $240 mobo with some felt pen, I can see a reflective coat on the cables.
post #9 of 22
On most plastics, it's definitely permanent. Non-soluble plastics and metals could have the coating scraped off but it would be difficult. The reflective coat on the cables in the picture is because they already were shiny. The flash from the camera makes them seem even shinier.

I don't know how the coating would hold up on a something really hot, like a CPU heat sink, but the heat inside a case isn't likely to affect the coating. It hasn't in my rig.

Anytime I try something new, I always try it on something cheap. Mayhap you could find a dead MOBO to practice on.
     
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post #10 of 22
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Hmm.. I do want to try this.. suppose I could try it on a connector I get from Lutro0's store..
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