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Help With Phantom Window Mod!

post #1 of 6
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Hello, fellow OC modders.

This is my first Case Mod! I need some tips (My Father will be helping).

I have the Phantom Full Tower Case pictured below



I have the Acrylic Sheet Pictured below (it is crystal clear that is the protective covering).



My goal was to do a simple window mod where I pop out the Mesh on the side and then put in the window (fit the acrylic) now our problem is we need to know where to take it to get it cut, or if we can cut it what specific tool do we need to use (dremel blade preferred or anything that will not crack the acrylic).

I would be cutting the case too, but my dad is concerned about how it would look, because he doesn't know any type of dremel blade to cut the Metal on the case without it looking like crap.

Also we wanted to know if using some super glue around the edge of it when we insert the acrylic would be satisfactory in keeping it in place, I mean i'm not going to be throwing it around or anything! Lol.


If I need to include more information just ask! Thanks for the help!!
post #2 of 6
Cutting acrylic and other acrylic info here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1395582/whats-the-best-way-to-cut-acrylic-plexiglass

Do not use super glue to mount the window. For one, it outgases white stuff which will get all over your window. Second, it fractures easily, so a slight bump in the future may have your window popping out. Use 3M double sided adhesive tape, the thicker kind. I'd recommend painting the back face of the acrylic where it overlaps the white part of the case.

Removing the mesh is super easy. Just straighten out the tabs and pop it out.
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

. I'd recommend painting the back face of the acrylic where it overlaps the white part of the case.

What do you mean by this? I am confused sorry ^_^
post #4 of 6
Here's a pic to explain it in better detail. This is a section cut through the panel, looking downward.

1. Pop out original mesh (shown in red).
2. Cut the remaining center bits out of the opening, leaving about 1/4" of the sunken part of the panel.
3. After cutting the new window to the same size and shape as the mesh, paint the back part of the acrylic where it will overlap the case panel. See yellow shaded area.
4. Use 3M tape to mount acrylic to the sunken edge of the panel (shown in green).

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

Here's a pic to explain it in better detail. This is a section cut through the panel, looking downward.

1. Pop out original mesh (shown in red).
2. Cut the remaining center bits out of the opening, leaving about 1/4" of the sunken part of the panel.
3. After cutting the new window to the same size and shape as the mesh, paint the back part of the acrylic where it will overlap the case panel. See yellow shaded area.
4. Use 3M tape to mount acrylic to the sunken edge of the panel (shown in green).


What do we need to cut the metal of the case with? Thanks for the picture though it really helped!
post #6 of 6
I recommend a Dremel. A jigsaw with a metal cutting blade can also work, but I recommend clamping your work close to the cuts between a couple sheets of plywood.
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