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Hi all,

Not sure if this is the best section for my question, but here goes biggrin.gif

Building myself a new gaming PC and going with a green/black colour scheme.

Only issue is that I've got 10 Noctua NF-F12 120mm fans, for the radiators, and they aren't the most attractive to look at.

I don't think there will be, but wanted to confirm, that there won't be any issue if I spray paint the fans black?
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It can be done yes. There are plenty of guides on doing this correctly that you can find on here. You MUST prep and primer them to have have durability though. Also, keeping the coats as light as possible will also help. Paint on fans in thick/uneven coats will make them heavy and unbalanced which cause premature failure, low performance, and vibrations and noises.
 
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It can be done yes. There are plenty of guides on doing this correctly that you can find on here. You MUST prep and primer them to have have durability though. Also, keeping the coats as light as possible will also help. Paint on fans in thick/uneven coats will make them heavy and unbalanced which cause premature failure, low performance, and vibrations and noises.

Thanks for that, it was pretty much what I expected but good to get confirmation thumb.gif

I'll have a search for those guides in a minute
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I have read about folks using Rit dye and dying the fan Noctua blades. I saw a "how to" post a few months back and it seems to work quite well. I would think dying would be easier and more durable, not to mention no risk for causing an unbalanced condition. Sorry I can't remember when and where, but Google should be a big help.
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I believe Rit changed the formula of their dye kits some time ago thus reducing it's overall effectiveness at dying certain materials like plastics and so on. You will likely not get the result you want unless you find older Rit dyes without the "ND" printed on the bags of powder and liquid.
Edited by Falknir - 3/6/14 at 8:37am
    
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I think I saw the posting within the last year, but I could be wrong. So many products are "new and improved" these days, that it's hard to keep up. Thanks, though, for the heads-up. Careful painting is probably the way to go; certainly the new color would be "brighter".
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Originally Posted by Falknir View Post

I believe Rit changed the formula of their dye kits some time ago thus reducing it's overall effectiveness at dying certain materials like plastics and so on. You will likely not get the result you want unless you find older Rit dyes without the "ND" printed on the bags of powder and liquid.
How about Tintex or Dylon?
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I remember Rit was all the guy mentioned; what he used, I suppose. But, who knows, those may work as well or even better. Perhaps Google may provide the answer. This has aroused my curiosity but I don't have any Noctua fans that aren't being used.
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How about Tintex or Dylon?

I am unfamiliar with those. However, Krylon Fusion spray paint is still available on store shelves (and most major online retailers), which bonds pretty well to most plastics and requires very-little pre-paint preparation and work between coats.
    
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