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post #21 of 27
Impressive job on the front acrylic panel
And the front case panel looks so much better in black!
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post #22 of 27
Great job. Working with a limited number of tools can be sometimes frustrating .
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post #23 of 27
damn, all that by hand? Excellent work
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post #24 of 27
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DAMMM its been a long time since i updated..over a month!!..But i did get quite alot done but have also been very busy with work and completing my coursework..anyway at this moment in time it is 90% done..so still some things left to really finish it off!

Ok so first off, that front piece of acrylic i cut a circle in has a metal back sheet aswell, which i had to cut a circle in too. I Tried for ages with my dremel and diamond cutting discs but dam that thing would not budge..So i got out my mums trust tailor scissors and it works a treat..if she finds out i used her scissors..she..will...murder...help!.



Then it came to painting the top panel of the case black aswell..unfortunately i dont have any pics of it in the process but i do have pics of buffing it
just rubbing it down with some rubbing compound..what i did was give it 2 coats of black..didnt need to primer because i sanded down to the bear metal..once the paint was dry wetsand it with 1500 grit and then rubbing compound



and the finish came out like this(no clear coat on it..yet:



Finally the front part of the case is nearly done with minor finishes left, goddam i dont know why the picture came out so ugly..but there it is:



I still had to finish cutting the 120mm fan hole in the front, this took me like 3 weeks to finish..i started it and the cutting disc holder thing went bent..took me a while to find another one but i did



So i couldnt decide whether the back should be orange or black, but i decided to paint it black because the front was black so i thought id let it flow through the whole outside of the case



Now I have sold my current WCing loop but will be getting a new one as soon as the new Apogee GTZ or XSPC Edge comes out..so its best to cut the holes in the back now, ideally i should have cut them before painting but..eh..it happens



Obviously the cut needs to be cleaned up so i just got my dremel and smoothed the cuts a little, when i get the chance i will get some U-channel and clean it up



Next thing was to paint the inside of the case the luminescent orange. So i started by wetsanding with 400 grit which was smooth enough



Now because the orange paint was so thin, id have to do so many coats to get it even otherwise youd be able to see the metal underneath it. You may say use primer then!..YES?..no..Because i already tried it and the orange lost all its glow..so i had a hunch to use white as a base coat..only reason i got this hunch is when i used the orange paint and some dripped onto the white nozzle, it looked brighter, so i stole the idea from the can!.



And here is the orange dried..but it does look like its uneven, but only in the flash for some reason..without flash in normal lighting it looks fine



I know the front has white patches but it wont be visible because the DVD/HDD holders will go back on there.



Remember I painted the hdd/dvd holders black..its time for them to go back!....in the case. I quite liked the contrast.




Then put the top case panel back on, again, had to catch a reflection



With the front panel back on, now i know one of the bezels is cracked but there will only be 1 left there, because 2 dvd writers are going there and a Bay Res, with feser 1 orange UV fluid.



had to get the bare foot shot in there, if you dont have on of these..your mod is incomplete



Oh i nearly forgot the back, painted the I/O plate orange aswell, for some reason it came out looking kinda yellow but its the same orange



DFI P35 T2rs, OCZ Sli Ram, Q6600 under the BT (back to air for a while as i already mentioned i sold my wcing loop, i really do miss it though because my temps have shot right up! im idling where i used to load on my wcing setup.



Pic of everything installed except the dvd drives, as ive got 2 new pioneer DL writers along the way. Yes the wire management does need some work done but for the moment im ok with it





So thats it this time folks..Whats left is to finish cutting the window in the side panel, paint it, get the dvd drives installed, install the CMOS reset switch somwhere and install the new wcing gear!!..stay tuned folks!
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post #25 of 27
Looks great!

erm... You used sewing scissors? Yah... your Mother is going to kill you if she finds out.

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post #26 of 27
sweeeet.i like it mate,good job with the cuts,just shows that you dont always need fancy tools.Nice to see you wet sanding with soapy water(you in the motor trade by any chance) a lot of people just use water
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post #27 of 27
I love the contrast
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