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Hey guys... I've been bored lately and decided to start my first case mod. I am starting from an old Compaq Deskpro case which I tried to paint and failed miserably, so I'm going to start over and add on stuff as we go along. I started two days ago but I didn't decide to post the worklog until now :lazy:
By the way,
This used to be a socket one machine. By the time I'm done with it, it will be 939! Lots of dremelling!!!
Day 1

2x Plexiglass
Palm Sander
Dupli Color black paint
Primer
Hard Drive cage
Black-silver side of case I tried to paint
Sandpaper (Grit 60, 1000, 1500, 2000) [60 grit, NOT 600]
Tack cloth
Front Cover
Bare cage (everything removed)
Left cover (on top of bare cage)
and last but not least,
Spooky's computer painting guide!

Materials:

Dremel and grit 60 sandpaper not shown.
I am not going to paint the cage... I have too much work to do.

I started sanding with 60 and we can see the different layers:

1st layer starting from the left is Metal/Steel, Compaq's Layer, My Failed Layer


Kitty's head inspired the layer I messed up on >.>

Not much done today... I will post new pictures when I do the cut around with the Dremel.

Day 2



The plastic front of the case was ugly and had a plastic grill, so I cut off an entire half. I'm going to put controls for some stuff I will mention later here. Maybe slap a 120MM fan in to substitute the bottom half (of course its going to have a cover lol)...


Closeup of the sanding I did with only 60 grit

Just you were wondering, the front IS sanded. I don't have pics of it when it was normal since I sanded it 2-4 weeks ago...




post #2 of 15
good stuff.
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Looks like a good start, are you making a nice window on this thing?
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sure am!

and thanks!
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Jumping from 60 to 1000 grit sandpaper lol .. 60 is way to coarse for what you are doing, 60 is used to shape body filler , you should have bought some 180,220 then 400. I wouldnt recomend painting on a surface you sanded with 2000 grit either, its liable to be way to smooth and cause the paint to run off. 400 grit should suffice for the final sanding before painting. 2000 grit should be used after you have painted with water, its called wetsanding. To remove any trash and runs you get with spray paint. Then after the sanding with 2000 grit paper you would buff the paint back to a glossy shine.
With some rubbing compound and a buffer.
    
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I have some 220 around here. I am just using the 60 to strip the paint off (it's really hard, I even used paint thinner and it didn't come off) so I had to use coarse grained sandpaper.
I'm going to do alot of thin layers.
Need to go to lowes and get some round cutting heads for the dremel because the ones that came with the dremel burned out after 3 inches.
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180 would do it just fine, and not leave any deep scratch marks in the surface.
Just speaking from my years of doing autobody.
    
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Nice one. Im sure its going to come out nicely..Good choice of case also. As its your First time its generally best to use a less expensive case just incase something goes wrong..Good luck.
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180 would do it just fine, and not leave any deep scratch marks in the surface.
Just speaking from my years of doing autobody.
I just found some 180! Ty for the tips man.
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Nice one. Im sure its going to come out nicely..Good choice of case also. As its your First time its generally best to use a less expensive case just incase something goes wrong..Good luck.
Thanks
Actually, I plan on entering the case mod competition, but not with this case. This is kind of a guide. The 2nd time I do it will be with an Apex I saw for 39.99@ the egg...
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Need to go to lowes and get some round cutting heads for the dremel because the ones that came with the dremel burned out after 3 inches.
I used my dremel to cut my case up as well, and I'd recommend getting their fiberglass reinforced ones or whatever they're called. Those worked the best for me and lasted the longest. Just don't grind into the steel to hard or you'll get the wheel too hot and that's when it'll really wear down. Looking forward to see more of this case.
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