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ok, i know many of you are thinking why would i want to paint my p180. i have moved a lot and have quite a few scratches on the outside that i want to cover up. the outside of the case it soft, alomost rubbery, but it is solid. what would you guys recommend as far as sanding, priming (if needed), and gloss?
im leaning towards a black or dark blue color. thanks in advance guys.
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Hi.

Heh! That's pretty daring, but considering the cosmetics of the case are blemished...what the hey..why not!

I had a P180, but sold it before I was able to get me modding-mittens on it.

I can't recall, but I think that you could seperate the 3-layers that compries the panels... thay would make painting the individual parts easier, and yield a more professional job... if the panels seperate.

If you want to do a 5-star job, check This thread out.

The case panels are made of cold-rolled aluminium, so you may have to take the material into consideration when choosing a paint.

Good luck!

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Hi.

Heh! That's pretty daring, but considering the cosmetics of the case are blemished...what the hey..why not!

I had a P180, but sold it before I was able to get me modding-mittens on it.

I can't recall, but I think that you could seperate the 3-layers that compries the panels... thay would make painting the individual parts easier, and yield a more professional job... if the panels seperate.

If you want to do a 5-star job, check This thread out.

The case panels are made of cold-rolled aluminium, so you may have to take the material into consideration when choosing a paint.

Good luck!

ya thats what i said "what the hay". i read that thread earlier which inspired me to put a new coat on my p180. i hope it will work out
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you cant seperate the panels, they are glued together. i just painted mine, but didnt have any scratches so i didnt sand it. i used like 4 coats of primer, but havent done the actual paint yet. im going to be using semi gloss black with a clear coat overtop. link to my build is in my sig.
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you cant seperate the panels, they are glued together. i just painted mine, but didnt have any scratches so i didnt sand it. i used like 4 coats of primer, but havent done the actual paint yet. im going to be using semi gloss black with a clear coat overtop. link to my build is in my sig.
so they are glued then.....dang i was counting on being able to separate it. does it need 4 coats of primer? also can you post some pics of the finished product?
i am interested to know the end result.
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Hmmm.. glued...

That means they could be pried apart.

The process would probably be overly tedious and not worth the effort...
Besides, the aluminum would most likely become warped, waved, or get stress marks in it from the force required to separate them..?

...probably a better idea to paint it like gwidion did.
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they are glued pretty tightly. when i cut the window in my case i tried to pry apart the piece we cut out and i couldnt do it without totally bending the metal. i havent finished it yet but once we paint it i will post pics. i used a few coats of primer just to make sure the paint sticks. im not sure how the paint sticks to annodized aluminum
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ya i dont want to risk bending/warping the materials. i feel like the plastics would break trying to pry it out.
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