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Intro:
It's about time to do some case modding on my Cooler Master 431 Elite. It's a simple ATX case with a plastic front panel with a metal body and side panels. I've decided to start painting the case in a white and blue color scheme. The case comes in all black so im thinking about leaving some of the interior framing black as an accent. Today I started painting the side panels to get an idea of how the paint would look and how many coats I would need. I'm doing base coats of white as a primer and to be the base layer that I will paint over with blue after i mask areas off, this will give me my final design. As far as components of my build go I wont be changing any hardware; although I do plan on finding another GTX 460 SE to add into my system.

Starting Pics:







First Day Of Painting:
I'm using Krylon Fusion Paint, its designed for metal, wood, plastic, just about anything. I've started by masking off my plexi window on one panel and then spraying both panels down. I sprayed the blank panel first and I have 3 coats in it. Ill put another coat on it tomorrow when I get more paint (i've already gone through a can just painting these two panels. I have 1 coat on the panel with the window and the black is still showing through but that will get taken care of with a few more coats. I'm using the Black Plasti-Dip spray to coat a few small parts such as pci blanks that cover the pci slots im not using.




I decided to log my build after I started painting so I don't have before pictures of the side panels but they were just plain black with a plexi window on one.







I'm also debating painting my Noctua fan's; not the blades jut the case. This way I won't ruin the balance of the blades. However I'm still not sure if i will do it because I dont want to ruin my $25 fans. Well I'll be back tomorrow with more pictures of the painting process. Hopefully ill finish the side panels and start the front cover.
Aurora
(14 items)
 
Brothers Rig
(9 items)
 
Eclipse
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570k (4.4 Ghz) Asus Maximus IV Gene Z EVGA GTX960 4GB SSC ACX G skill 2x8gb Trident x @ 2400 mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 250GB DVD-RW-DL CORSAIR H80 Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  Razor Tarantula EVGA SuperNova 650 G1 80+Gold 
CaseMouse
Custom Dell Vostro 200 mATX case Logitech G1 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon-E5649 Xeon E-5649 Tyan S7012 XFX 7870 GHZ 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA 960 SSC 4GB 12*4GB 1066mhz ECC RDIMM WD Black Enterprise 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 3.5" Toshiba 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 2.5" 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba 500GB (3.5TB RAID 5) 2.5" WD Velociraptor 300GB (600GB RAID0) WD Black 1.5TB WD Green 3TB 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Rosewill RSV-L4500 
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Aurora
(14 items)
 
Brothers Rig
(9 items)
 
Eclipse
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570k (4.4 Ghz) Asus Maximus IV Gene Z EVGA GTX960 4GB SSC ACX G skill 2x8gb Trident x @ 2400 mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 250GB DVD-RW-DL CORSAIR H80 Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  Razor Tarantula EVGA SuperNova 650 G1 80+Gold 
CaseMouse
Custom Dell Vostro 200 mATX case Logitech G1 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon-E5649 Xeon E-5649 Tyan S7012 XFX 7870 GHZ 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA 960 SSC 4GB 12*4GB 1066mhz ECC RDIMM WD Black Enterprise 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 3.5" Toshiba 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 2.5" 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba 500GB (3.5TB RAID 5) 2.5" WD Velociraptor 300GB (600GB RAID0) WD Black 1.5TB WD Green 3TB 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Rosewill RSV-L4500 
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Update 10-1-12

Forgot to post yesterday after painting but I was able to start my blue layer. The blue covers easily over the white so 3 light coats was all it took after i taped off the side panels.




Taped off this whole side then realized i taped the design upside down doh.gif



This is after putting on the blue layer and letting it dry then removing the tape

Right now I'm in the process of spraying both panels with a clear gloss enamel to protect them from chipping. The other paint is quite soft and is picked away easily so this will provide a nice hard coating to protect the paint.
Aurora
(14 items)
 
Brothers Rig
(9 items)
 
Eclipse
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570k (4.4 Ghz) Asus Maximus IV Gene Z EVGA GTX960 4GB SSC ACX G skill 2x8gb Trident x @ 2400 mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 250GB DVD-RW-DL CORSAIR H80 Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  Razor Tarantula EVGA SuperNova 650 G1 80+Gold 
CaseMouse
Custom Dell Vostro 200 mATX case Logitech G1 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon-E5649 Xeon E-5649 Tyan S7012 XFX 7870 GHZ 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA 960 SSC 4GB 12*4GB 1066mhz ECC RDIMM WD Black Enterprise 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 3.5" Toshiba 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 2.5" 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba 500GB (3.5TB RAID 5) 2.5" WD Velociraptor 300GB (600GB RAID0) WD Black 1.5TB WD Green 3TB 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Rosewill RSV-L4500 
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Aurora
(14 items)
 
Brothers Rig
(9 items)
 
Eclipse
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570k (4.4 Ghz) Asus Maximus IV Gene Z EVGA GTX960 4GB SSC ACX G skill 2x8gb Trident x @ 2400 mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 250GB DVD-RW-DL CORSAIR H80 Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED  Razor Tarantula EVGA SuperNova 650 G1 80+Gold 
CaseMouse
Custom Dell Vostro 200 mATX case Logitech G1 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon-E5649 Xeon E-5649 Tyan S7012 XFX 7870 GHZ 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA 960 SSC 4GB 12*4GB 1066mhz ECC RDIMM WD Black Enterprise 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 3.5" Toshiba 500GB (1.5TB RAID5) 2.5" 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba 500GB (3.5TB RAID 5) 2.5" WD Velociraptor 300GB (600GB RAID0) WD Black 1.5TB WD Green 3TB 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Rosewill RSV-L4500 
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