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I'm doing a window mod to my Lian Li PC-V2000B Plus II. I already have the 2-way mirror acrylic, and I'm pretty sure I've decided on a nice simple shape for the window. Now all I need to do is figure out how to mount the acrylic.

I have the window edging with locking strip, but that would require some rounded-edges, and I don't want to mess up this side panel trying to make a rounded cut with a dremel. So I think I'm going to take the extra time and do a seemless window (no edging).

What is the best/cheapest way to mount a window like this? Someone told me pop-rivets, but I don't have a rivet gun, nor the money to buy one.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 11
small screws?

Drill holes and use lil nuts and bolts?
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both of the above will work. you could also use hot glue if you didnt want to see the screws / bolts.
    
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why mirron acrylic and not normal?
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post #5 of 11
The best way would be to have ye olde plastics shoppe route a precise edge on the acrylic, so that it mounts flush with the case panel. Just make sure that you measure the window exactly.

The cheapest would be to do the same thing yourself, assuming you have the tools, patience, and skillz.
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Just use an adhesive, the less holes you have to put in the acrylic the better. Every hole is a chance for an accidental break. I would recommend liquid nails you can get it at your local hardware store.
    
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by TrAncE XD View Post
why mirron acrylic and not normal?
Cause this stuff is really cool. It's a mirror, then I'm going to wire up two switchs for cathodes, one for blue and one for UV. When the cathodes are on, you will more or less be able to see straight through it.

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Just use an adhesive, the less holes you have to put in the acrylic the better. Every hole is a chance for an accidental break. I would recommend liquid nails you can get it at your local hardware store.
THAT, is a good idea. I have seen people use double-sided tap, but I don't know where I could get some that is strong enough to last.
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post #8 of 11
Hmmm.... I think I see what you mean... Do you want the window to sit flush with the panel? It would be a chore to get a clean line that matches the perimeter of the window, not to mention the problems of mounting the window in place.

I would agree with the rivet method (the window would have to sit on the inside or the outside, not flush), but seeing as that is not an option....

I know you said that you did not want to use the window edging and the lock-strip due to the shape of the corners.

One of the nice things about the edging is that it does cover small flaws in the cut. Because it is flexible it will bend around iregular corners, and produce a pretty clean installation.... if the kit is like this one:



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post #9 of 11
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I asked a few people who have done mods to their Lian Li pc-v2000(1000, 1200) cases and they said that the side panels being made out of aluminum makes it really easy to cut/file, so I figured that the seemless window wouldn't be too bad of an idea.

The plan is to cut the window out, but make the hole a good 1/2'' smaller than I want. This will give me room to file, sand, and whatnot.

I also just realized that Lian Li uses double-sided tape to keep the mesh fan filter thing in place. So, I think I'm going to try using a high-strength double-sided tape first, and then try liquid nails if all else fails.
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Adhesives like Liquid Nails and Gorilla Glue are very good and have flexible applications. I would recommend taping off any areas that you do not want the glue to contact with.

I'm still confused on the the "flush fit"...do you mean that the window will sit inside the perimeter of the hole that you cut in the side panel?

Good luck, I look forward to seeing your results.

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