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PLanning paint job for case, need help (NZXT H440)

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I will be receiving my case in the next few days and am planning a paint job for the case and, as I have never done anything like this before, I would love some tips and suggestions if possible.

I purchased the NZXT. H440 black/red case and I am planning to paint a couple thick racing stripes going up the front panel and, possibly, over the top.

Here is a mockup I came up with (though I am sure you do not need it since it is a fairly simple concept)

I would love some tips on doing this. As specific as possible please.. what to sand, what grit sandpaper, type of paint preferred, clear coat ? how many coats for lines and with clear coat ? etc etc.. pretty much anything a newbie should know about doing something like this.

Any help is appreciated.
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Well, the first thing you'll need to do is remove all the panels from the frame. I say all the panels because if you want a truly perfect paintjob, you want to ensure that all the exterior surfaces have the same finish. If it's possible to separate the red trim from the panels without breaking them, do that as well (It should be, but if you can't don't risk it).

The first thing you'll want to do is remove all the items that you do not intend to paint, such as the side window and any buttons/switches/mechanisms.

Next you'll want to use a fine grit sandpaper (I'm not sure what grit, but I'm certain someone else could provide a good suggestion) to scuff up all the surfaces of the panels. The reason for this is to provide a good surface for the paint to adhere to.

Next, you want to thoroughly clean the surfaces you want to paint in order to remove any fingerprints or sanding dust, which will affect the finish of the paintjob. The surface should be completely free of all of it.

As far as paints go, you want paint that will work on both metal and plastic. This is very important, as you want to make sure that the finished appearance matches on both the metal and the plastic components. I personally love Rustoleum, but others swear by Krylon and Valspar.

As far as the actual painting process is concerned, OCN has a couple of nifty guides that go into all the detail you need:


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