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Unfortunately to paint the backplate you have to separate the PCB from the cooling shroud since the backplate is screwed in from the PCB side. unplugged some wires for the fans and some lights and removed screws. By far the biggest pain was to remove the "eye" led lighting from the backplate. I tried heating it up a little with a heat gun and prying it with a thin putty knife, but still managed to crack the thin plastic housing. Once everything was put back in place it's not too noticeable. Threw on 4 coats of spray paint (not engine paint because the store didn't have white) and 2 coats of clear coat. Paint job turned out perfect, no imperfections at all. Was worried about heat messing up the paint, but it still looks like the day I first painted it. Reapplied thermal paste, reassembled the "eye" led housing and plugged wiring back in and screwed everything back together.
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The eye looks fine, can't tell you cracked it at all.

The paint looks a little uneven near the middle, but that could also just be reflections from the case lights. Either way it looks pretty good overall with the rest of that build.

Not bad at all.
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Yeah, it's a strange shadow effect from my h100i tubes. In person it looks perfect. Usually I have some small imperfections in my paint jobs, but this miraculously turned out perfect. Really though I wanted to explain it wasn't all that simple to spray paint it. I never had a gpu with a backplate and I thought it was just remove a few screws, paint it, and put it back on. This backplate was kind of a pain.
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Yeah, it's a strange shadow effect from my h100i tubes. In person it looks perfect. Usually I have some small imperfections in my paint jobs, but this miraculously turned out perfect. Really though I wanted to explain it wasn't all that simple to spray paint it. I never had a gpu with a backplate and I thought it was just remove a few screws, paint it, and put it back on. This backplate was kind of a pain.

Yeah i figured it might have been a series of shadows from a LED strip above, since the pattern was so even and I saw some LEDs on the bottom.

Unfortunately most backplates I've seen do require a removing the entire cooler to get to the screws like you said. That LED area makes it even a step harder than normal though, as you said.

Did you do anything differently with your paint technique that resulted in a more even coat than your previous attempts, or was it just a case of more experience and/or luck?
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post #5 of 12
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I like to think maybe I kept the environment cleaner, but really it was probably luck more than anything else.
post #6 of 12
Will this void the warranty?
post #7 of 12
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I'm pretty sure it will. I waited a couple of months before painting it just to make sure my card wasn't a dud. I actually ended up painting the fan shroud too.
post #8 of 12
How hard was it to paint it? Was it hard to take off the backplate and did you paint the whole fan shroud or the accented pieces?
post #9 of 12
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Painting it was no problem, just give the coats plenty of time to dry. Taking it apart was a little bit more of a hassle than I planned, especially the led eye. Taking the fan shroud off was easy. When I painted the fan shroud I just removed the light tubes and painted the whole shroud. Where the ends of the light tubes pull out stick in some wadded up paper towel to not get any paint inside there. I didn't do that and the lighting was dim so I had to go back in there and scrape a little bit of paint there to brighten the lights back up.
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also did you use primer before you painted it?
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