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Can anyone suggest walk-in retailers that stock a wide variety of Krylon I/O spray paints, primers etc.

I'm in NYC

thanks

EDIT: The topics evolved below - Looking for air brush recommendations for using an air brush as a mini Spray Gun for case painting (coverage) not detailed art work. HELP!
Edited by CattleRustler - 5/22/08 at 5:24am
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Home Depot has a large selection and fairly good prices.
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cool, thanks

I was just reading a few tutorials and articles on painting and I have become intrigued by the possibility of case painting with an Air Brush. I have a large compressor but I think using a paint gun would be overkill for pc mod painting, but maybe using an artists style Air Brush would be perfect. Has anyone ever used an Air Brush to prime and paint pc cases?
If so what type, what tips, what brand of paints, mix your own?? As much info as possible would be amazingly helpful -thanks
Edited by CattleRustler - 5/21/08 at 9:56am
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i am in the exact same boat as you, i want to paint my cosmos case black, but have NO idea what is the best way to go about it. Any help would be great.
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IF it's anodized you should remove that first. The spray oven cleaner like Easy Off strips anodizing off like no other but it's bad for you so be careful. Sand it, prime it in coats sanding lightly between each, then paint it your color of choice in coats and clear it.
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I've worked with professional type pray guns (gravity feeds, car paint type guns etc) and I just think its overkill for a PC case. Even an airbrush type gun. Not with the quality you can get from a regular $4 aerosol paint. I use self-etching primer (found in the body repair section of most Autozone's and Advance Auto Parts etc) and then 3-5 coats of color followed by a few coats of clear.

It's cheap and it works great, no need for other spray guns or paints/etc. But thats just my .02.

If you already have the guns/compressor and whatnot's try perhaps a model shop. They might have a nice selection of airbrush type paints and primers in a few colors Im sure.
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thanks so far people - I am still researching, and I have edited above to say "arir brush" as opposed to "air gun", as what I meant was artist type AIR BRUSH - sorry about that.

I am thinking that since with an air brush you can mix and make your own custom colors it may be better in the end for certain things, not to mention some artisitic stuff you can do with an air brush, that you could never do with aerosol cans.

This all started because the color I chose for my daughters case is not easy to find, and they seemed to have discontinued the color in the Fusion for Plastic line (not that I cant get around that by priming the bezel and using the for metal paint). Its just I am on about a particular color and I cand find anything other than this particular one from Krylon (Gum Drop) <-- I have been researching spray paints for days (Krylon, Duplicolor, Plastikote - plus all the priming possibilities etc etc, its driving me nuts)

I see the finished case in my mind, and I need to get the painting plan solidified. Sanding and cutting will commence on friday - and i will be worklogging, to document a great success, or an utter failure - no in-betweens
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IF it's anodized you should remove that first. The spray oven cleaner like Easy Off strips anodizing off like no other but it's bad for you so be careful. Sand it, prime it in coats sanding lightly between each, then paint it your color of choice in coats and clear it.
would i have to do this for a cosmos 1000 case?
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IF it's anodized you should remove that first. The spray oven cleaner like Easy Off strips anodizing off like no other but it's bad for you so be careful. Sand it, prime it in coats sanding lightly between each, then paint it your color of choice in coats and clear it.
Whats your reason for saying he should remove the anodising first?
    
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you are in NYC there are lots of stores that carry spraypaint. i suggest you take a look for graffiti shops. they tend to carry all sorts of custom color paint and i personally use a ton of their special spry can caps. they will make a world of difference when painting. i paint cars and i agree that automotive paint is overkill. you can get excellent coverage with the right caps.
    
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