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post #1 of 38
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hey guys after doing a small fan mod or two, ive decided i want to paint my case. i want to paint the interior in a black possibly matt, or the next one up whats it called? what do most people think? matt or not?

Then for the side panels i wish the paint the outside part with a mirror finish and the inside probably with the same as the rest of the interior.

i was wondering if anybody could give me a basic run down of the steps to take in painting as this will be my first time. maybe a video guide or a how to guide or something.

what tools and parts would i need? do i need to like undercoat it or something? im very unsure about what to do so yeah lol need some help
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post #2 of 38
my best advice in general is this:

start by watching the painting video tutorials at mnpctech.com
then search this forum for painting tips, its loaded with techniques and advice
then come back and ask any specific questions you may have that werent covered by the former
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post #3 of 38
You will want to scuff up the surface that you are wanting to paint. I use 300 grit, just enough for the primer to hold. You will want to spray 3 lights coats of primer rather than 1 heavy coat. It will look a lot better as well. The glossyness goes Flat, Semi-Gloss or Satin, and Gloss. For the inside of the case I like either Satin or Flat just so that it doesn't take away from the outside of the case. I just did a quick paint job on the inside with flat black without primer and I'm about to powder coat it just cause it scratches really easy.

Pretty much, just sand, clean, primer, sand, clean, paint. Do the paint the same way as the primer. Any questions, just ask.
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post #4 of 38
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cool yeah read some of the mnpctech guides and he says you need to wait 2 weeks for paint to cure before wetsanding? why so long and what is wetsand LOL is that like sandpaper that can be wet?

and then he says you need to wait 30 days before waxing?

how long do you need to wait for the primer to cure before you can reapply the next layer or being to paint?
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post #5 of 38
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also how would i go about painting the inside of the case? mnpctech doesnt go through that. are there any guides out there which i could read?
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post #6 of 38
You only need to wait about an hour with 70* temps for the primer before you spray paint. Wet sanding is used to get all the "orange peel" off the paint and make it mirror smooth, then you buff out the scratches and it looks great. The reason you need to wait is you need to let the paint cure and harden so that the wet sanding won't ball up the paint. As for waxing, you wnat to wait 30 days for the same reason as the sanding.

The same goes for the inside of the case it's just a little harder to sand cause of all the corners.
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post #7 of 38
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ok so if i want to paint the interior do i have to completly dismantle the case like remove the rivets and such?
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post #8 of 38
No, you can paint over the rivets if you want. If you don't want the rivets painted over, then yes you will have to drill them out.

If it was my case and I just wanted a quick good looking job, I would take everything out of the case and spray away. If you can take your HDD bay out and maybe mobo tray, get them out cause that will make life just a little easier.
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post #9 of 38
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well i can take hdd bays out, but not my mobo tray. but what do you mean by spray away?
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post #10 of 38
Once you get the case as far apart as you can get it without drilling the rivets, you get the paint and start painting like you read in that artical. Spray away is just something I say, not sure why, lol.
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