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I stripped a pretty old case and now I just felt like playing around with the stripped case. What types of paint do I need? And what types of paint will not melt due to heat? Can I also paint the motherboard tray? After the layers of paint, how do I make it smooth and not like the paint roughness? Most important thing is how do I get those little circular bolts off? Should I use a drill to drill a hole, and when putting the parts back together, I should use screws instead? I will post up pictures hopefully if I can get it nice. (I stripped this computer and modded a fan in the optical drive place for my other computer, though that is only a fan mod. But most importantly, I want to do a case mod now.)
post #2 of 7
- motherboard tray. you can paint it, just use NON conductive paint to be sure it wont short your board "just in case"

- spray paint is usually the easiest on those metal smooth surfaces(like the graffity tipe and it would be a lot less affected by heat than the liquid type.

- those circular screws were ment to be "permanent". if you take them off, make sure you have a few new ones to replace them. try not to drill, you could end up with holes too big for screws, again, spray paint would help the best here since you can spray and reach all parts of the case
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- those circular screws were ment to be "permanent". if you take them off, make sure you have a few new ones to replace them. try not to drill, you could end up with holes too big for screws, again, spray paint would help the best here since you can spray and reach all parts of the case
If needed, you can drill the pop rivets out of the case. Don't drill all the way through, just enough for the rivet to separate. Usually an 1/8" bit should work, generally use a bit smaller then the rivet head. You can replace the rivets with new rivets or with a screw / nut/bolt.
    
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What brands are non-conductive paints? or they should say it on the spray paint themselves?
post #5 of 7
Take a look in CyberDruid's thread about paint and polishes. He knows what he's talking about. Lots of useful info on what to use paint wise.
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Oh, I thought that was only for laptops. Okay thanks.
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no problem, good luck. and take your time. You'll be happier that way.
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