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[Project] Antec Nine Hundred "Radioactive" Paint (Inspired by Run N Gun)

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Before I start I'm new to Overclock.net (signed up to post on one topic before) and this is my first mod here. Thanks for checking it out!

So I was searching through the forums the other day for some Antec Nine Hundred mods when I cam across Run N Guns "Radioactive" Mod which looked awesome! Link to his mod is:

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...0-mod-56k.html

So I wanted to do it for myself and so I did! The whole precess only took me 1 full day and only cost me AU$30. I needed to take apart my case anyway because it was getting really dusty. So what better what to wait for dust filters to arrive than mod my case?

So heres my log on what I did and how I did it. Please comment and let me know if you like it!



First up a list of the Materials I used:


MATERIALS:

White Knight Rust Guard S.L.S Etch Primer
White Knight Gloss Black Enamel
White Knight Gloss Golden Yellow
2 Sheets 80 Grit Sandpaper
2 Sheets 200 Grit Sandpaper
Methylated Spirits, Steel wool and a Rag.
A few tools (Screw Drivers, Needle nose pliers, Shifer


The Paint That I Used


TAKING APART THE CASE:

This is pretty straight forward. The 2 side panels come off with the 4 black thumb screws on the back of the case. After that the hard drive cages can be removed by taking out the 16 silver thumb screws. Any 5 1/4 inch bays or devices can be removed by unscrewing the screws that hold them there (uhh.... yeah).


The thumb screws that hold in the hard drive bays. Yes that is my finger over the camera.

The front plastic panel can be taken off by using a pair of needle nose pliers. There are 6 expanded black prongs (hard to explain) which need to be squeezed together and pushed out to pop the front cover off.


The prongs to be squeezed and pushed in to release the front.

The top panel took me ages because I didn't realize I needed to unscrew the 2 small screws. The top panel has 2 small screws near the middle. One has the grounding wire connected to it and the chasis. Make sure you put this grounding wire back on when you rebuild the case. There is also 6 black tabs that have to be pushed out and up to release the top. 2 at the back, 2 in the middle and 2 at the front. The front ones are hard to get to so get out a torch and a pencil or another long thin object and push it down the crack to release it.


The Tab and grounding wire with screw. Sorry about blurry photo.

Finally the 2 black grills can be taken off with (the side grill) the screws on the inside of the side panel and (the top grill) the 7 fat headed screws holding it and the fan in.

You should now have the case in the pieces you want to paint!


CLEANING

I had a lot of dust and also glue left over from cable management clips and sticky tape so i cleaned the whole case using Methylated Spirits and a piece of steel wool. This got all of it off. I took off the 4 rubber feet and 4 rubber power supply rests by heating them up with a hair dryer and removing them. I also removed my Microsoft Windows License with a hair dryer. The case was now ready to be sanded.


Cleaning off the left over glue


SANDING

I used 80 grit sandpaper for getting most of the surface sanded followed by a 200 grit to smooth it out. This was the longest process of the whole mod. It took me about 3 hours to do the whole case. I could have done a rough job in a lot less time but I'd prefer to do a good job the first time and get it done well.


80 Grit sandpaper I used

After sanding the case should look shiny silver in color. Looks quite neat actually like an industrial metal look. The black looked all scratchy and the top gloss of it was off so that was enough. If you paint over the black part of the chasis you will get that colour line all around your case (see the end photos) After sanding i blew the dust away with a hair dryer.


After Sanding


After Sanding


PRIMER

After everything was well sanded, I hung my case from the roof in the garage. It was the best way for me to get the most even results all over.


Case hanging in the garage.

I only did one coat of primer. I went over it all really well trying to get in the cracks as well i could without the paint running. I let the case to dry for about an hour.


After Primer


After Primer 2

After the coat of primer dried it had a nice overall even spread of a matte grey.

I also sanded and primed the hard drive bays, grills and 2, 5 1/4 drive bay covers.


PAINTING

I only got to do 1 coat of yellow because I ran out of paint although I'm happy with how it turned out. Also painted 2 of the 5 1/4 inch drive bay covers yellow along with the top fan grill and the side fan grill. I painted the hard drive bays, expansion slot covers and I/O shield black. They all turned out well and match really well.


Case after yellow paint.


Case again from the back after yellow


Hard drive bay after black paint.


ASSEMBLY

Putting the case back together was a lot easier than taking it apart! Just did the reverse of what i did before... which would make sense! Really happy with how the case has turned out!


Case Finished


Case Finished Back


Case Finished



I'm really happy with how it turned out in the end! Didn't take long at all and it only cost $30 and it was well worth the money. If you are thinking about doing it YOU SHOULD! I was hesitating about doing it but I decided just to go for it. This is only the second time that I have done a paint project (First was turning a guitar into an EVH Frankenstein Replica) and it turned out fine! Its well worth the effort and money. Ill post some more photos when my filters arrive and my computer setup gets off my desk and back in the case!

Thanks to Run N Gun for his guide and how well his turned out. Comment and let me know what you think!

I've put a YouTube video up with a slideshow of all the photos I took during it.

(It hasn't processed when I put it there but shouldn't take long)

Blake
Edited by BlakeC - 12/16/08 at 8:04am
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wow man looks great! rep+.
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nice job!
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Very cool looking.
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Nice job, looks pretty slick.
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wow man looks great! rep+.
Thanks for the feedback Procpuarie! Thanks for checking it out so fast!
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Thanks to RAFFY, Vegnagun and jacksknight for checking it out!
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Very nicely done.

I wish I had the patience to do this sorta stuff. I usually want everything finished within an hour... and then the paint runs everywhere etc etc.
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Thanks Jinja Ninja!

Yeah it took ages to do especially the sanding but I'm the opposite where if I get an idea I'll have to do it! Haha thanks!
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maybe the case will transform into bumble bee
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