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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.
Plus you have to worry about painting too many coats without enough cure time. Just this morning I had a piece that I was clearcoating spider crack on me because I forgot to put it in the "not ready to paint for a few days" bunch and sprayed it. now I have to wait a week to fix it.
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Plus you have to worry about painting too many coats without enough cure time. Just this morning I had a piece that I was clearcoating spider crack on me because I forgot to put it in the "not ready to paint for a few days" bunch and sprayed it. now I have to wait a week to fix it.
Sorry to hear about your bad luck, man.

Due to weather and work, several days have elapsed between the color coats... About 2 on average, and I've been doing the parts in groups, same as you. I just used the heat gun to get the color coats dry to the touch... lessens bugs and blown-on debris getting stuck on it. I didn't use the heat gun on any of the clear coat process.

For the smaller components, like PCI slot covers and fan grills / screens, I didn't really care that much, and pretty much cooked them with the Heat Gun with no ill effect. Didn't want to tempt fate with the larger flat surfaces on the MB tray and upright supports of the chassis, so I did those right.

In all, I used kinda sloppy methods regarding the painting process of the interior... No sanding between coats (save for a bit of ScotchBrite to remove any paint dust or junk on the surface), spraying outside in windy conditions due to lack of a better area for my work... NONE OF WHICH I will do when it comes to the exterior of the case. I'm gonna do it up right and get a mirrored metallic black finish with metallic blue trim.

Just this afternoon I gave everything its second clear coat, and it will cure for several days before my orders arrive... I got some Black Rivets on order, and they along with $200 of other stuff should be arriving soon. Considering my somewhat-sloppy methods, the parts look pretty sick under full sunlight, and should look even better buffed and assembled. I can't wait! Pics should follow tomorrow after work...
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Nice and through work
Another MI man too
    
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Nice and through work
Another MI man too
Thanks ~ first time posting on a forum since I used to BBS back in the day, so I'm hoping things are being documented well enough, and in an way that's easy to understand. It's so hard holding myself back from the work long enough to get pics taken, but I have a bunch waiting to be cropped and posted. (how much space do I get, anyhow? never bothered to check )

As for being a MI Man, that's only for the next 2 weeks, before I move back to New England and become a Mass-hole again. (That's what Boston drivers call ourselves - born and raised!) During this whole process, I've been guy-on-couch... My PC, the dismembered Stacker and other parts take up more room than the rest of my belongings combined - everything I own fits in a station wagon.

Once I get back east and stablized with work, it'll be the Exterior painting, and then actually purchasing all-new guts... That way I can risk torching my AsRock 939 board and 1.8ghz by learning how to OC. I get the theory, just need to lurk in the threads another month or 2...
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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!!!
that looks insanely good!
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Ahhhhh, driving in Boston, been there done that
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Yesterday was an awesome day! I got to work and my PerformancePC order was there waiting for me. This was the most important order, IMO, because it has my black rivets!! And 2 different fan controllers that are also very sexy. To make things even better, I was let out of work early because it was so dead... So, breaking every speed limit along the way I went home and popped my baby back together!

I laid everything out and dry-fitted it together, then placed the rivets in their respective holes, making sure everything lined up w/o problems. I did just the rear corners first, and then all the other rivets between. Everything went well until I got around to the front of the case - I didn't place all the rivets in the holes as I did with the rear, and I began having some small alignment issues on the last few rivets. The holes between panels were slightly off (0.5mm, roughly - enough to prevent a rivet from seating), but this was easily fixed with a drill and a 1/8" bit to open the hole up a tiny bit.



Unfortunatly, some of the paint around the rivets set in recessed holes chipped because the head of the rivet gun was flush against the paint, and unless you have a really steady hand it tends to jump a slight bit as the pin of the rivet snaps. These blemishes will be dealt with by spraying a bit of paint into a bottle cap and using a brush to detail by hand. Then a quick spot of clear should cover things up nicely. I plan on using the same method to paint all the fan and mounting screws to match.

The top panel acts as a Keystone, holding the case rigid and square, but I can't install it until I cut the window, prime & paint, and install the window and fans. Without the panel in place, the case was pretty wobbly, and would easily go out of true if pushed or bumped. I decided to screw a couple of drives in place to hold it rigid enough for the time being. After the case panels were assembled, I put on the caster wheels and installed 2 CoolerMaster 120mm UV Blue fans with vibration dampening gaskets.

Well, here's the geek porn ~





I didn't want to mess up my sexy new paint job with the thumb and mounting screws, so I made some 1mm thick rubber washers from some small black rubber hose I found at the local Auto Store. This way I can crank down on the screws and it won't mar or chip the paint. Also, I'm hoping that it may help to cut vibration levels (and thus sound) in the case.

As an added bonus, I just checked my email and my order of Acrylic Sheeting should arrive tomorrow - My Birthday! Still waiting for my LSDiodes order, however.... Need that one to complete my HDD Mod.




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*drools*
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That's some great stuff man, keep it up.
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damn its looking real nice
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