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I've never attempted to mod a case, unless you count spray painting a few plastic pieces! I recently bought Tigerdirect's unique NZXT H440 in red. Let me say, this thing is bright! And for the sake of saying it, the main reason I purchased this case was because I got a crazy deal on it. Anyways, it sticks out like a sore thumb anywhere you put it so I'd like to paint it black. My question to the community is, how would you go about doing this? I had a friend suggest getting black plasti dip and to tape off every spot I wish to keep red. Is this a good idea? If anyone would be so kind to give a step by step direction on what to do I would greatly appreciate it.
Edited by Kalmado - 12/31/14 at 7:00am
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Here is what i would do to get a good paint job...

1 Break it down to the bare parts.. take your time doing this. If you have a camera take pictures of each and every step.

2. you will have to buy paint for the metal parts and paint for the plastic, as some paints go good on metal and some good on plastic.

3. Get a reliable primer, all primer is not the same.. and a good primer job makes the final paint job look better.

4. Sandpaper, get 120-240 grit to scuff up the current paint, including the plastic. Get some 1000 grit and 2000 grit for final wet sand of paint and in between the coats.

5. Acetone .. it will be used at least twice on all parts after you sand them.

6. Patience is the most important thing to have when doing this. it is not necessary to do it all in 1 day. Most of the guys here take 1-2 weeks to do a great paint job alone.

7. Dont be afraid to ask for help if there is something you can't do.

As for the plastic dipping, I have yet to see what is entailed in that. so I cant give advice for that.

LawnDart
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I haven't used plasti dip, but it's supposed to be a paint that you can peel off if you dislike the look. Many people use it on their cars wheels. I've watched a few youtube videos where it's recommended to use plasti dip on some pc parts. Linus used it in a project with a gpu, ram, and mb. As you said, patience is probably the most important thing. I'm super nervous because, to be blunt, I'm not very "handy" and I've never tried anything like this.
post #4 of 7
Just take yourf time and plan twice and do once. My first case I painted came out looking like a pile of chit due to impatience and rushing it. I am sure it will come out looking good if you put your mind to it.

Lawndart
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My H440 Blacked out.

Take the panels off. If you look in the inside of the panels you will see small hooks that are bent over. Straighten them out and undo the screws and the metal will disconnect from the plastic with an easy lift. You can also take off the plastic window doing the same method.

I used plastidip for my first time painting this case. It is great for small parts but a hassle for the whole rig. I found it to give a great textured aesthetic that I really enjoyed, but I go around to friends to LAN and also travel for LAN parties. With the plasti being a rubber texture my edges quickly started to rub down and reveal the underskin of the actual color of the case. I spent a whole day taking the plastidip off, due to some being in spots that required fine grit sand paper and some elbow grease.

I have since replaced it with regular Rusto aersol in semigloss with 5 light even coats.

You can always go for powder coating, but then your going to spend twice the amount on the paint as you did your case.

Hope this helps! LMK if you need any help with the H440. Bless.
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Wow that looks amazing! I'm assuming you sanded it down? Or did you just spray over the original(what color)? With mine being the bright red I think I'd have to sand it down. I was going to go the plasti dip route too after winter.
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Wow that looks amazing! I'm assuming you sanded it down? Or did you just spray over the original(what color)? With mine being the bright red I think I'd have to sand it down. I was going to go the plasti dip route too after winter.

No, i didnt sand it.. Just multiple coats over the original powder coat.
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