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post #11 of 49
Alright! A Stacker mod!

props to you man and a rep +


How about you whip out a Dremel and pull off some fancy stuff yeah?
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post #12 of 49
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Well I never got around to wet sanding today, as I was called into work early, but I did manage to make it over to Harbor Freight this morning...



Here's a list of the haul:

1500 Watt Heat Gun

9pc Heat Gun accessory kit

18 feet of assorted heatshrink

15 sheet assortment pack Wet/Dry sandpaper 400-1500 grit

13pc Hole saw set (7/8" to 3 1/2")

ColdHeat Cordless Soldering Tool

Spray Paint Trigger

12v Mini Spotlight

Wire Brush Wheel for drill

Razor Blade pack

Helping Hands with Magnifying Glass

250 piece Rotary Tool Accessory Kit

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! I can't wait to put some of this stuff to use!

Quick Question: Could I use the Heat Gun to help the drying times of primer and paint? Or would it just scorch it or F up the coat? Obviously I'd use the 630 degree setting as opposed to 1000, and keep it at a further-than-normal distance to use it like a hair dryer instead of a blast furnace. What do ya think? I don't want to have to sand down to metal again on my case parts, so I may try a test on some scrap sheet metal.
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post #13 of 49
Yea it would work if you held if far away, though I'd suggest using a hair dryer, like you said, for the drying as it doesn't get nearly as hot, definitely not hot enough to burn!
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Might even be better off with a regular fan, as it'd circulate more air. Just my
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post #15 of 49
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Soon as I get outta work, there'll be a big update with bunches of nice pics. I can't wait!
post #16 of 49
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Alright! A Stacker mod!
props to you man and a rep +
How about you whip out a Dremel and pull off some fancy stuff yeah?
Oh, the Dremel's certainly in the plans for this puppy. A nice big window in the side (maybe freeform, dunno what shape yet. OC flame?) and a shaped window in the top panel. That's coming after the chassis is reassembled shortly...

BTW, thanks for the rep!
post #17 of 49
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Thankfully, the last 2 days have been really productive. I've gotten the last of the parts primed, and everything's got 2 coats of paint. If tomorrow's decent, everything will get clear coated and left to cure for 2 days before I pop rivet everything back together.

Yesterday I completed the priming of the MB tray before I painted everything else. I cleaned the bare metal off with Mineral Spirits as before, and washed it under the hose afterwards just to make sure there was nothing left on the parts to be primed. I suspended everything from wire coathangers and used the Heat Gun (1000f) to quick dry the water. Extra attention was paid to threaded holes and wherever water could collect (seams, rolled edges, etc.). I let the parts cool to ambient and proceeded to prime.

Since the heat gun worked so well drying the water off the parts (no kiddin!), I was pretty curious to see how it'd affect the primer. I used the heat gun on it's lowest setting (630f) and made slow passes about 1" away from the surface of the primer. It cured almost instantly with no adverse effects - no burning, bubbling or anything!

After the parts cooled down, I saw that there were quite a few dust nibs to be removed, but I couldn't justify the time it would take to sand everything down. I ended up using my trusty fishtank as a wash basin, and scrubbed the whole thing down with a ScotchBrite scouring pad and water. This worked quite well to remove all the surface imperfections without going so deep that I'd need to reapply the primer. Once again, I used my trusty heat gun to dry everything after a good spray with the hose.









I gave everything a first coat of the Rust-Oleum Cobalt Blue Metallic after the can warmed up enough in the sun. I applied it in thin layers using a pistol grip for the spray can. I decided that since the heat gun worked so well drying the primer, I would use it to dry the paint in between layers. Just as before, it worked wonderfully! This time I used the low setting and moved it over the surface a bit faster than during priming. This way I hoped to eliminate any cracking of the paint due to rapid curing. On the inside of a 5.25/3.5" adapter bracket, one drip of paint formed in a corner and boiled up as it was heated. It ate through to the bare metal, a spot about the size of a pin head. Since it's on the inside of the bracket, I don't really care - It just makes me glad I did a great job laying down the paint... Only got a single imperfection in about 20 pieces painted.



It looks great applied over that dark grey automotive primer. The difference in color from the overspray on the cardboard was pretty big. Much lighter than the parts came out. It looks like a rich midnight blue after 2 coats, and almost purple at some angles... It's gonna look tight with a few clear coats on there!
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post #18 of 49
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I did everything over 2 days, doing everything but the MB tray on day one, which I primed & painted today. I didn't take process pics of the first parts, but I did cover the tray. Since everything was going so well, I couldn't resist the urge to toss a couple clear coats on some of the first batch of pieces.

Back on the wire they went for several really thin applications... By the second pass, the sparkles seem to just POP out at you, and the blue became much richer, while still keeping it's darker tint. In short, it looks awesome.

I decided to leave everything to air dry while on the wire, draping from my bicycle. I didn't want to risk ruining all my work by using the heat gun, so I let it cure per directions. *Note: That piece in the middle is the modded cover to my hard drive... it'll be getting a window and LED's soon...



It's got a really nice luster to it, and the metallic specs catch a lot of light under 2 cured coats of clear. Unfortunatly, my camera sucks focusing on anything less than 10' away.



I hope that I will be able to finish clear coating everything in the coming morning so that I can let the whole shebang cure for a day or two before riviting everything back together. Regarding the rivets, I was thinking about ordering some black ones I found a link for somewhere in OCN, but I don't really have the money to spend. I decided that since I have about 1/4 can of blue paint left, I'm gonna spray a small pool into a plastic watter bottle cap and use a small brush to hand paint the rivets. Or I could accent the blue by using the Black Metallic I'll be using for the exterior?


How do y'all think it's coming along?
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post #19 of 49
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These are after 2 Primer Coats, 2 Color Coats, and 2 Clear Coats - with no sanding other than a light scrub with ScotchBrite to the primer only.

I'm wicked pleased with how this came out, considering I decided not to go nuts wetsanding it like I'm gonna do on the side and top panels. This paint kicks arse! Even using 2 different cameras and screwing with all the lighting options possible, I still can't get a picture that does it justice. I can't wait to get this thing back together!!!
post #20 of 49
Nice work, the only thing I'd suggest is that you let the paint dry over a longer period of time, not force it to dry. You stand a chance of permanant finger prints embedded in the paint, if it's not fully cured properly.
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