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Hi all,
For the current build I'm doing, I would like to make a custom GPU backplate for my 770. I have a sheet of aluminum, and I know how to brush it, but I would like to know how to paint it black while keeping the brushed effect. Should I paint, then brush (sand), or vice versa? I'm aiming for the look of the Corsair 350D's front panel finish, even though I'm pretty sure that's anodized. Does any one know how to do this or have any suggestions? Thanks!
     
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post #2 of 7

Perhaps brush first, Put light coat of paint and Follow up with some detailed brushing?

 

I honestly have no experience with this.    frown.gif

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I've tried this effect with paint and it turned into a difficult project that I couldn't get. The big issue is keeping the brush look after clearcoat, no matter what I did the clearcoat just covered any brushmarks or sanding. I thought maybe by just leaving the paint brushed without clear would work but it doesn't look right and was not a very good finished product.

I think if i was to do this look again it would be just the same as corsair did it, brushed and then anodized. smile.gif
 
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I've tried this effect with paint and it turned into a difficult project that I couldn't get. The big issue is keeping the brush look after clearcoat, no matter what I did the clearcoat just covered any brushmarks or sanding. I thought maybe by just leaving the paint brushed without clear would work but it doesn't look right and was not a very good finished product.

I think if i was to do this look again it would be just the same as corsair did it, brushed and then anodized. smile.gif

Do you know of any cheap ways/ services/ people that anodize them well?
     
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Do you know of any cheap ways/ services/ people that anodize them well?
Your best bet would be to Google "Anodizing Services Ohio" and check out some places. I'd simply make a call to a few of them and find out what it would cost.
 
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Getting a good finish takes a lot of prep work so even for a small piece you are probably looking at $40-50 minimum. You may get lucky and find it a bit cheaper somewhere but it won't be much less than that. I know you already have your material but you can buy aluminum that has already been brushed and anodized for around the same price and you would have more than enough to make a backplate or two. It would just need some touch up on the edges where you cut. You may even be able to get some pieces of an old Lian-li case or something similar for cheap.

*edit*

For example, performancepcs has most of their lian li side panels on sale for ~$10 + shipping. This panel should be about 2mm thick and would be be good for making back plates.
Edited by shinji2k - 6/26/13 at 2:15pm
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Getting a good finish takes a lot of prep work so even for a small piece you are probably looking at $40-50 minimum. You may get lucky and find it a bit cheaper somewhere but it won't be much less than that. I know you already have your material but you can buy aluminum that has already been brushed and anodized for around the same price and you would have more than enough to make a backplate or two. It would just need some touch up on the edges where you cut. You may even be able to get some pieces of an old Lian-li case or something similar for cheap.

*edit*

For example, performancepcs has most of their lian li side panels on sale for ~$10 + shipping. This panel should be about 2mm thick and would be be good for making back plates.

Wow, thanks, I never thought of that! I think I'll try that out!
     
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