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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?

If more information is needed let me know, I really want to start cutting and drilling on my days off; Tuesday and Wednesday, then I would like to start painting by next week. Cheers. thumb.gif
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Okay! This Is Up My ally! thumb.gif

The best paint to use is rustoleum paint goes on smooth and is very hard to scratch! , remember light coats! , In a soft motion going from left to right ! not supper fast though but fast enough!.

For files any metal file will work!

For the jigsaw I Use 14TPI blades! they cut pretty well but you can go a little lower!

Sand paper you want to pick of a red skuff pad , and 300/400/500 wet sand paper are as close to those numbers as you possible can!

To remove rivits use a 8th of a inch bit ! and you want Titanium Drill Bits
Hope all this helped!

=ROG
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Thanks for the reply, very helpful. I have heard good things about Rustoleum, do you think that primer is a necessity? Not that I want to cut corners, just curious.
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Primer, really depends on the effect you're trying to achieve. If you want a smooth glossy finish, or if you're painting dissimilar materials (metal and plastic), then definitely go for primer. If you're just shooting the interior of your case flat black, or shooting some color on some fans, don't bother. In the case of the fans, extra primer and paint is not good.

For a glossy finish: primer, wet sand, primer, wet sand, color coats, wet sand, clear coat. Lots of painting videos out there, so watch some of those.

For wet sanding, use wet/dry paper, start 400 grit for the first couple primer coats, then move up to 800 and 1200. Use lots of water.
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primer is always good cause it makes it easy to see imperfections!
so do it and you will have a seemless paint job tongue.gif
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Primer, really depends on the effect you're trying to achieve. If you want a smooth glossy finish, or if you're painting dissimilar materials (metal and plastic), then definitely go for primer. If you're just shooting the interior of your case flat black, or shooting some color on some fans, don't bother. In the case of the fans, extra primer and paint is not good.

For a glossy finish: primer, wet sand, primer, wet sand, color coats, wet sand, clear coat. Lots of painting videos out there, so watch some of those.

For wet sanding, use wet/dry paper, start 400 grit for the first couple primer coats, then move up to 800 and 1200. Use lots of water.

That makes sense, I have watched some painting videos, but i will be watching more for sure. I am thinking I want it to be a matte finish though, the inside of the case is going to be white and I am going to repaint the outside black. I am thinking green accents, but I have not decided how and where they will be done.

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primer is always good cause it makes it easy to see imperfections!
so do it and you will have a seemless paint job tongue.gif

Thanks! I do want the paint to look good after it is all said and done, so I think that going the primer route is what I will do.

Appreciate the responses and I will most likely set up a build log if I remember to take pictures while I am working. I started the window cutting today, so far so good. Thanks the for replies. Cheers.
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For an easy all-around finish, I'd recommend Satin Black. It's not quite flat black, but not glossy either. I kind of prefer it. Flat black will eat the slightest hint of dust from your fingers and any smudges will stick like mad. Looks really cool though. You need a super smooth prepped surface for flat black as it will show off imperfections. Gloss black, a truly piano gloss black that looks wet, is also a total nightmare for gathering fingerprints as well as any tiny scratches. Looks cool, but I despise the upkeep. Satin black can hide minor flaws pretty well. It's also easy to pull off a decent paint job with it.

For satin black, shoot 1-2 primer coats and sand down to 800 grit using a sanding block and light pressure. Keep off of the edges or you'll blow through the paint. Take out in the sun for inspection to check for flaws. Clean and prep well and wipe down with a lint-free cloth. Shoot 2-3 coats of satin black. I'd recommend a wet sanding with a block after 2nd coat. Nothing after 3rd. No clear coat.
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For an easy all-around finish, I'd recommend Satin Black. It's not quite flat black, but not glossy either. I kind of prefer it. Flat black will eat the slightest hint of dust from your fingers and any smudges will stick like mad. Looks really cool though. You need a super smooth prepped surface for flat black as it will show off imperfections. Gloss black, a truly piano gloss black that looks wet, is also a total nightmare for gathering fingerprints as well as any tiny scratches. Looks cool, but I despise the upkeep. Satin black can hide minor flaws pretty well. It's also easy to pull off a decent paint job with it.

For satin black, shoot 1-2 primer coats and sand down to 800 grit using a sanding block and light pressure. Keep off of the edges or you'll blow through the paint. Take out in the sun for inspection to check for flaws. Clean and prep well and wipe down with a lint-free cloth. Shoot 2-3 coats of satin black. I'd recommend a wet sanding with a block after 2nd coat. Nothing after 3rd. No clear coat.

That is the color I want on the outside of my case. The inside will be white and there will be green, although I am still working that in, I do not want to over do it with it, I want it to be an accent. I am cutting stuff up right now, figuring out that part, true first timer... so far so good though. thumb.gif
I did successfully cut a window in the side of my case, pretty stoked about that. Used a Ryobi rotary tool and it worked like charm. Fairly tedious though, but you gotta work with what you have, especially since I live in an apartment. Haha. Thanks for the help.
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