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post #41 of 146
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Originally Posted by Mosquito Mods View Post

Didn't know Zinsser made primer, nice. I use their shellac a lot.

Nice progress, can't wait to see it all painted up!

Thanks!

This has been the most time consuming process thus far. I'm very eager to begin working on the interior of the desk getting it ready to accept all of the computer components.
post #42 of 146
Heh... finishing is my least favorite part. Time consuming, and I'm always a bit nervous that I'll screw something up last minute lol. But, "You can't finish until you've finished" biggrin.gif
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Update

Finally, this weekend the desk was fully painted. I'm not going to say much, other than I am glad the "heavy lifting" portion of the project is completed and I can finally begin to focus in on the internal design. I'll let the photos and captions below do the talking, enjoy!


Photos

(Click to show)

350cf04d_WP_20140315_001.jpeg

Nothing says "Let's do this" like 8 cans of plastidip.

f988cb13_WP_20140315_002.jpeg

I picked up some basswood pieces from the arts supply store I used to frequent when I attended Cal (nostalgia!). Photos a bit later of what I used these for.

a00e975b_WP_20140315_007.jpeg

One final photo of the desk prior to painting, there's no going back now.

26b6a53d_WP_20140315_011.jpeg

As a last minute decision I opted to go with a "panda" scheme and only painted the legs black... kidding! This is what one can of plastidip gets you, in case anyone is wondering.

a7bd889a_WP_20140315_029.jpeg

This is what 3 cans of plastidip gets you. At this point I had put down one layer on the entire underside of the desk and was beginning to think that I overbought on the spray. I decided to put down 2 more light layers just to avoid having buyer's remorse and to really guarantee an even finish. In the end, I used 6 cans.

c77921dd_WP_20140316_013.jpeg

Desk after being fully sprayed.

c229966f_WP_20140316_014.jpeg

c083e7e3_WP_20140316_015.jpeg

6cdcc902_WP_20140316_016.jpeg

c224892d_WP_20140316_017.jpeg

6d5fc2be_WP_20140316_018.jpeg

Action shot rolleyes.gif The ambient light in the area where I take these photos really makes the desk look lighter than it would in an artificially illuminated room.

9db0bea6_WP_20140316_020.jpeg

6ca1e2f1_WP_20140316_021.jpeg

In this shot you can see what I mean regarding the ambient light. The shaded side is more representative of how the color would be perceived.

5236ebea_WP_20140316_023.jpeg

8244ad32_WP_20140316_024.jpeg

dd6acb60_WP_20140316_026.jpeg

The basswood pieces are creating a frame for a wood panel to screw to. There will be a gasket on the basswood pieces to form a seal for more focused airflow and noise elimination. I will also adhere acoustic insulation sheets on all sides of this enclosed computer area.

e0bffadd_WP_20140316_029.jpeg

da16e54b_WP_20140316_035.jpeg

I couldn't help myself, and removed the protective film from the white acrylic lay-in panel for a photo-op. I was unable to lift and set the clear acrylic top on the desk myself (more worried I would accidentally drop it), so it is off to the side for the time being.

11acbf05_WP_20140316_036.jpeg

19f30a8e_WP_20140316_037.jpeg

d3475fc2_WP_20140316_038.jpeg

7fc2a16b_WP_20140316_039.jpeg

e7679d9e_WP_20140316_040.jpeg

da4ded57_WP_20140316_041.jpeg
post #44 of 146
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Originally Posted by hingfdiuh View Post

Update

Finally, this weekend the desk was fully painted. I'm not going to say much, other than I am glad the "heavy lifting" portion of the project is completed and I can finally begin to focus in on the internal design. I'll let the photos and captions below do the talking, enjoy!


Photos

(Click to show)

350cf04d_WP_20140315_001.jpeg

Nothing says "Let's do this" like 8 cans of plastidip.

f988cb13_WP_20140315_002.jpeg

I picked up some basswood pieces from the arts supply store I used to frequent when I attended Cal (nostalgia!). Photos a bit later of what I used these for.

a00e975b_WP_20140315_007.jpeg

One final photo of the desk prior to painting, there's no going back now.

26b6a53d_WP_20140315_011.jpeg

As a last minute decision I opted to go with a "panda" scheme and only painted the legs black... kidding! This is what one can of plastidip gets you, in case anyone is wondering.

a7bd889a_WP_20140315_029.jpeg

This is what 3 cans of plastidip gets you. At this point I had put down one layer on the entire underside of the desk and was beginning to think that I overbought on the spray. I decided to put down 2 more light layers just to avoid having buyer's remorse and to really guarantee an even finish. In the end, I used 6 cans.

c77921dd_WP_20140316_013.jpeg

Desk after being fully sprayed.

c229966f_WP_20140316_014.jpeg

c083e7e3_WP_20140316_015.jpeg

6cdcc902_WP_20140316_016.jpeg

c224892d_WP_20140316_017.jpeg

6d5fc2be_WP_20140316_018.jpeg

Action shot rolleyes.gif The ambient light in the area where I take these photos really makes the desk look lighter than it would in an artificially illuminated room.

9db0bea6_WP_20140316_020.jpeg

6ca1e2f1_WP_20140316_021.jpeg

In this shot you can see what I mean regarding the ambient light. The shaded side is more representative of how the color would be perceived.

5236ebea_WP_20140316_023.jpeg

8244ad32_WP_20140316_024.jpeg

dd6acb60_WP_20140316_026.jpeg

The basswood pieces are creating a frame for a wood panel to screw to. There will be a gasket on the basswood pieces to form a seal for more focused airflow and noise elimination. I will also adhere acoustic insulation sheets on all sides of this enclosed computer area.

e0bffadd_WP_20140316_029.jpeg

da16e54b_WP_20140316_035.jpeg

I couldn't help myself, and removed the protective film from the white acrylic lay-in panel for a photo-op. I was unable to lift and set the clear acrylic top on the desk myself (more worried I would accidentally drop it), so it is off to the side for the time being.

11acbf05_WP_20140316_036.jpeg

19f30a8e_WP_20140316_037.jpeg

d3475fc2_WP_20140316_038.jpeg

7fc2a16b_WP_20140316_039.jpeg

e7679d9e_WP_20140316_040.jpeg

da4ded57_WP_20140316_041.jpeg

Beautiful job man! Been subbed for a long time and waiting on the progression thumb.gif
Can't wait to see more!
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Beautiful job man! Been subbed for a long time and waiting on the progression thumb.gif
Can't wait to see more!

A quiet observer! Thank you for following, and for the compliments.

Just as an FYI to you (and for others who have been following along since near the beginning), I spent a good deal of time today updating the first post in this thread to make it easier for newcomers to get an overall sense of the project and track progress. I will continue to make new posts for updates and to keep discussion flowing organically, but will also add photos and a succinct description of what was done on each day to the first post as a progress log for myself and others.
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Nice! Can't wait to see finished setup
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Nice! Can't wait to see finished setup

You know I've always had this subtle feeling of guilt for having spent so much time on the desk and so little time on the computer components, which really is what this forum is geared towards in the end.

Hopefully there is enough interesting developments towards that end as there have been with the desk. Thanks for following along. thumb.gif
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Unfortunately, the LED lighting I was intending to use under the white acrylic is creating hot spots and the light is not diffusing through the acrylic like I thought it would.

Now I am looking into electroluminescent paint, electroluminescent sheets, diffusing options, and any other ultra thin lighting options. The distance between bottom of acrylic and top of surface where lighting is mounted is only 9/32", making it incredibly difficult to solve this problem unless using the electroluminescent options.

Anyone have any suggestions or experience with the above?
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Unfortunately, the LED lighting I was intending to use under the white acrylic is creating hot spots and the light is not diffusing through the acrylic like I thought it would.

Now I am looking into electroluminescent paint, electroluminescent sheets, diffusing options, and any other ultra thin lighting options. The distance between bottom of acrylic and top of surface where lighting is mounted is only 9/32", making it incredibly difficult to solve this problem unless using the electroluminescent options.

Anyone have any suggestions or experience with the above?

Hmm, perhaps in my frustration I've been over-thinking a solution. There seems to be a series of light reflecting sheets graded specifically for use with LED's. The Acrylite sheets linked below are among the best for the material, and not too pricey. Guess I should test it out. Other suggestions are still welcome!

http://www.acrylite-shop.com/US/us/acrylite-led/diffused-sign-grade-jevdiv6kbjg.html
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