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Questions for my upcoming case mod journey, HAF 912

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Hey there OCN! I am now on summer vacation, so I have the time to begin my first case modding journey and I have some questions about cutting up my case to add a window on the side panel. I also got a grip of Home Depot gift cards so I want to go there to get saw blades, drill bits, files, sand paper, etc. The only thing I probably will not get there is the paint and primer, suggestions on paint brands would be helpful as well.

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I have a jig saw and a dremel that I was planning on using to cut out the window on the side of my case, I have been having trouble finding the thickness of the side panel of the HAF 912. What saw blades would you recommend and how thick is the side of the HAF? Also, will I need to get some cooling solution to spray on the metal or is water just fine?

I would like to get a set of files as well, what would you suggest from Home Depot?

Sandpaper, what grits should I be getting?

Lastly, which drill bits should I get for removing rivets and for metal?

(Not sure if this was the right place to start this thread, but since my build is AMD based I figured it would be cool to post my questions here, if not, point me in the right direction. Cheers.)



If more information is needed let me know, I really want to start cutting and drilling by tomorrow, since my days off are Tuesday and Wednesday, then I would like to start painting by next week.
Edited by boxwunder13 - 6/17/13 at 1:57pm
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For the paint, feel free to use Kyrlon Fusion. I used that thing on my Cooler Master case, my PSU, my fans, my GPUs, and my mobos no problem.
It drys fast and sticks well, does not need to be primed.

As for case cutting, I highly recommand you to get a circlular saw or band saw, since jig saws are terrible, and lives up to its name (cutting in zig zags). I cut out a chunk of metal from my Cooler Master case before for better air flow over my VRMs, and trust me those jig saws are not fun to work with.

I don'y know about the sanding, but you difinately shouldn't sand it using paper. If you can borrow a sander and a buffer, or go to a friend's machine shop and sand it there.

If you need more help I'd be glad to help you as best as I can thumb.gif
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I am not cutting really long straight lines, since it is just the windows and my design is not one big solid window but a few smaller ones seperated by side panel, but I figured that the jig saw would be easier than trying to cut it all with a dremel. I don't have a circular saw and it is not really in the budget to go out and buy one, but I do see your point about the jigsaw not cutting straight lines very well.

I can probably get my hands on an electric hand sander, someone in my family has one. I don't have access to a machine shop, I was just thinking sandpaper for the pre-paint treatment. Everywhere I have read on OCN, the painting guides, have said that primer helps with making the coat even and more durable, but I will check out the Krylon for sure.

I plan to use the files for fixing the edges of the window cut outs and I really want to remove the HDD cage and the Drive Bay cage before I paint, but I don't want to tear down the whole case because I don't feel like it is that necessary for my first modding adventure.

Thanks for the reply!
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