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that exactly y you dont sand between coats it acts as a filler/texture that hides scratches and such,thats just years of painting,tricks of the trade,imo ps:if you want every scratch to show then sand just my 2 cents,you should practice on a pc. of something to get the hang of it if you dont paint much,you shure dont want runs in there either.
I dont entirely understand. Are you agreeing with me?
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I dont entirely understand. Are you agreeing with me?
somewhat,you just dont need to sand really,itleaves a fill likesandable primer so itfills little sratchesand marks,on the inside no i wouldnt sand at all and didnt on mine,you can take a scotch brite and scuff if you like,but its up to OP if he wants the extra work,imo
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this is what i used for my paint job:


more pics in the threads linked in my sig
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I agree on the practicing. Get a sheet of metal or wood (or old pc case) that way any screw-ups don't happen on your case.
I may be painting my case soon. Akasa did a terrible job on it, lots of blemished and dust specs.

Phillipjos: Don't take this the wrong way but capitalisation and proper spelling of words, coupled with some useful grammar would make you alot easier to understand.
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http://case-mods.linear1.org/case-mo...r-case-part-1/
Theres a part 2. This is for a mirror finish.
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no need for primer on clean bare metal,and dont sand it either,just get flat black quality paint put 3-4 light coats gives it some texture so no sanding needed,imo and mine turned out fine.
You certainly should prime bare metal, and sand it first. The sanding gives the primer something to 'hold' onto. And the primer helps the paint hold. Regular spray paint on unsanded bare metal will scratch off and/or peel.

Just had that problem with my friends case, just just went and painted over the metal.
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You certainly should prime bare metal, and sand it first. The sanding gives the primer something to 'hold' onto. And the primer helps the paint hold. Regular spray paint on unsanded bare metal will scratch off and/or peel.

Just had that problem with my friends case, just just went and painted over the metal.
no,if its clean and out of weather no need to,just lite coats,to many put one or two heavy coats thats y it peels.
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post #18 of 23
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no,if its clean and out of weather no need to,just lite coats,to many put one or two heavy coats thats y it peels.
I used four light coats and it peels. Especially around high traffic areas, PCI slots, where you grab the back to take the side panel off, etc. It doesn't peel from just liek weather, it peels from allthe contact it gets. Thats why you should sand the case. We're not worried about peeling in a car sense with it peeling in sunlight, more like scratching off from fingers and such.
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not priming bare metal, whether sanded or not, will always lead to problems - any painter will tell you that. Now, the paint may stick and look ok using the no prime method, but thats only good for something that will be locked in a galss case and never touched. Any bump or jar, espcially between painted parts is almost sure to chip the paint when not primed first. That might be fine for some, but with the amount of case activity, moving drives , wires, etc, not priming is rather foolish imho. Unless of course you dont care about the finish - I tend to be a perfectionist ocd basket case so I may have higher standards

best advice: prime before paint. if one wants to debate sanding, thats a different story
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not priming bare metal, whether sanded or not, will always lead to problems - any painter will tell you that. Now, the paint may stick and look ok using the no prime method, but thats only good for something that will be locked in a galss case and never touched. Any bump or jar, espcially between painted parts is almost sure to chip the paint when not primed first. That might be fine for some, but with the amount of case activity, moving drives , wires, etc, not priming is rather foolish imho. Unless of course you dont care about the finish - I tend to be a perfectionist ocd basket case so I may have higher standards

best advice: prime before paint. if one wants to debate sanding, thats a different story
Sanding is a difficult choice. Alot of people will sand their primer, color coat, etc. but i've had the best results with just laying on the clear coat relatively thck, and then just polishing the hell out of the piece. Saves a ton of time IMO.

just make sure you don't sand the bare metal too fine, 400 grit is more than sufficient.
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