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This is the 2nd case I've painted, and the problem I'm running into now wasn't a problem the first time I painted one. Since I have a new case on order, I thought I would do something different with this one, so painting it is my first step.

If you take a look at the attached pictures, hopefully you'll be able to see what problem I'm having. I'm not sure if there's a specific term for this, but most of the case looks fine, but some areas look faded and I don't know how to get rid of this. Hopefully, you can see one area of the case is a nice, shiny, smooth red, but on the other side, in certain spots, the paint is dull, faded, and almost looks like it doesn't have a glossy finish to it. I've tried wet sanding it down, I've tried going over it again with a light coat of paint so it'll look uniform, but when I go check on it about 24 hours later, you can see it starting to come back.

Since I've had this problem ever since I applied my 2nd layer of paint (the first layer was applied after sanding, priming, and sanding again with different grits of sandpaper until everything was smooth). Now, after trying to fix this multiple times, I'm not sure how many coats of paint I have on it, but all the other coats have been very light trying to make everything look uniform. Now, I must admit, it's been very humid where I live, so on the days when the humidity wasn't too bad, I would add a coat of paint and then bring the case inside, where it's climate controlled, so it can dry. The only other thing I could think is if this is being caused by an initial coat that was applied, and maybe either the humidity got to it or the change in temperatures between outside and inside, which might cause condensation on this metal case. If this might be the cause, then I would probably need to sand down further with something less than 2000 grit sandpaper, and then start to reapply.

If anyone has seen this happen before and might know what could be the cause of it and how I could fix it, I would really appreciate some advice. I removed the back panel, where the PSU mounts, and I'd been doing the same thing on it and following the same process, and it looks great. It's also a much smaller piece of metal. So, if anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. In the meantime, I guess I'll start sanding the side panels for the lower chamber and the upper chamber, which somehow I completely forgot about. Thanks a lot!

I've edited the pictures in Adobe Lightroom so it shows the imperfections a little bit better.


Edited by rolldog - 11/4/15 at 5:58pm
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Applying too much paint or spraying too close/far can cause this faded patchy orange peel look. You'll need to sand it back to the primer or metal, reapply primer, wait 24 hours then apply thin even coats of paint. Don't sand between coats until you reach the 3rd coat. Try a max of 5 coats of paint.

Edit: After applying a few coats of primer, use light sanding and wipe the surface to remove all residue.
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