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So I just finished painting my Antec 300 blue, so I decided I want to get an Antec 900 and paint the inside Yellow, just like Run N Gun did.

I was planning to do the paint like this.
1 - sand down whole case with 400grit
2 - 1st coat primer
3 - 2nd coat primer
4 - 3rd coat primer
5 - 4th coat primer
waiting 15 min between each coat
6 - let dry for 24 hours
7 - sand lightly with 400 grit
8 - wipe down with isopropyl alcohol
9 - let dry 15 min
10 - 1st coat paint
11 - 2nd coat paint
12 - 3rd coat paint

-I don't want too much orange peel. So I am wondering, should I sand between each coat of paint or after the final coat? Also what grit should I use?
Does that process look alright or should I add or change something in there?
-What color was the 400grit 3m sponge? Is it red?
-Will 50% isopropyl alcohol work well enough?
-I wanna put a new window in. Anyone got any cool designs or ideas? All I have to cut the window is my Dremel. I may pick up a jigsaw if I can find a good deal.

I am guessing CattleRustler will comment on this. so thanks in advance CR!
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any1 have any suggestions or advice on colors?
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If you're just paining the inside, no need to go nuts with sanding, priming, etc. Some auto primer, self-etching if you can but no biggie if you don't. For yellow, I suggest putting down gray primer, white base coat then yellow. No need to sand but you can use a piece of soft steel wool then a tack-rag to clean up any fuzz between coats. A gloss yellow enamel will be plenty durable and look sharp..
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If you're just paining the inside, no need to go nuts with sanding, priming, etc. Some auto primer, self-etching if you can but no biggie if you don't. For yellow, I suggest putting down gray primer, white base coat then yellow. No need to sand but you can use a piece of soft steel wool then a tack-rag to clean up any fuzz between coats. A gloss yellow enamel will be plenty durable and look sharp..
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I disagree with sanding/priming being optional. I wouldn't use steel wool at all, just to prevent missing small pieces of metal inside the case.

Hi Noah -If you are painting the inside (i.e. chassis) definately sand it first, get it all clean, then definately use a good primer (self-etching is better). If you don't use primer your paint will chip and flake off!! I always lightly wet-sanded between coats of primer ~800 and 1200 grit, and spray paint, to insure the smoothest surface possible, which makes the case look really sharp. You should be good with 2 solid coats of primer. I do agree that a white primer is ideal if you're painting a yellow or light color (wish I had done that). Be patient! Let it each coat completely dry before sanding, or you will have to start all over. When painting, expect to wait a day or more between coats in order to wet-sand if you want the best look to the case. Once you are satisfied with the paint, use a good hi-gloss acrylic clear coat and apply a few solid coats and let it all dry for 2-3 days before reassembly. Patience is key to a good finish.

I used this process over the course of a 7-8 days.

First light coat of paint
Second light coat of paint
Lightly wet sand with 400grit sandpaper
Third coat of paint
Lightly wet sand with 400grit sandpaper
First coat of clear coat
Lightly wet sand with 400grit sandpaper
Second coat of clear coat
Lightly wet sand with 400grit sandpaper
Third coat of clear coat

I can't wait to see how this turns out.
Edited by Run N. Gun - 12/21/08 at 1:31pm
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I agree with run and gun, and also I'd skip step 8 in your list. The IA isnt necessary even if you sand the primer. get yourself a tack cloth (like a cheese cloth with bees wax that painters use to get fine dust particles off stuff) and wipe out the case, with a good blow-out before and after (you can get a small air matress filler/blower thing at Target for like 10 bucks, or use compressed air in a can). I dont wanna say I didnt IA primer before, because I did on the Intelli case, but its best avoided unless absolutely necessary for some reason. It could have an adverse reaction with your primer and cause top coat problems (possibly). On Krylon I/O Acrylic primer grey I didnt have any issues, but who knows with other brands/lines
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I didn't say optional, I said there's no need to go nuts with it. I stand by that, for an outside finish that's going to have to stand a lot of abuse, careful prep and attention to detail are important, but the inside is not as "exposed". Never had a clean, primed finish flake on me yet.
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