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How did you get the paint on those SSD covers and Heatsinks to look so good, They look like they came from the factory that way. What steps and what kind of paint etc did you use. applaud.gif

The heatsinks are actually one of the only things to work perfect first time, I suspect due to me being very careful and applying very thin coats. As for the SSD's and RAM heatsinks, it took some trial and error, I had to sand down the SSD's fully before the final (successful) attempt to remove the previous try.

Most of the problems I faced was dust getting onto the drying paint and getting sealed in, or paint running. I'd really recommend doing everything possible to avoid dust when painting, it sounds so obvious but it really is quite hard to do.

However, lately my method's improved a lot, to begin with I didn't know what I was doing but I've got it down to a tee now.

Method (Click to show)
As for my method, I used automotive wet ann dry sandpaper of varying grits, base coat paints, the final paint, and then a clear acrylic coat to finish.

Usually, I'd go over the part before painting with 120grit, clean thoroughly, then spray a base coat. Once that dried, I'd use finer grit paper (wet) to remove any deep scratches from the 120grit. After another clean, I'd spray another base coat, let dry, and spray the final colour.

Now, here I'd inspect the part thoroughly, particularly white painted surfaces, as the slightest bit of dust ruins the look. If theres anything wrong, I sand down the whole thing again slightly using 1200 grit (wet again) and spray another coat of colour.

Assuming all is well after this, I'll then spray the clear acrylic layer, and leave to dry, usually overnight.

However, this is not a method for everything. All the heatsinks I've painted have had no or very little sanding work done, and no basecoats or clear coat. I wanted as little paint on them as possible to keep their effectiveness at dispersing heat as good as possible.

I should point out as well that I'm by no means an expert, this is more or less my first experience in painting. It's also not really visible in the pics, but there are some imperfections on some parts.
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For paint, I took the advice of FannBlade in his tutorial How to Paint (here on OCN), and used automotive grade spraypaint. However, being in the UK, I'm somewhat limitied to my sources. I used the spraypaint stocked at Halfords. It's a auto parts chain over here, and the paint seemed good enough, even checked with FannBlade who ok'd them! smile.gif

With sandpapers, again, Halfords came to the rescue with automotive grade wet adn dry sandpaper. I have 120, 240, 400, 800, and 1200grits, though honestly, the 400 and 800 grits rarely get use (all the grits were in a pack, except the 120grit). I will usually use them wet, apart from the initial sanding of parts, where I use dry sandpaper.

Lastly, thanks very much for the praise! thumb.gif

Edit: I should have my ODD paint mod complete very soon, I just need to repair some scratches caused by that Cougar fan break, and respraying the front bezel for it to get rid of some ugly deep scratches.
Edited by evil_scotsman - 6/25/12 at 2:11am
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post #1872 of 2487
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Just been delivered my evo yesterday {happy face}
That thing is big biggrin.gif
I don't like the cable management opportunities though with a small gap behind the motherboard tray and a looooong protruding horizontal metallic part along the tray making it even more difficult
I was exhausted and out of zip ties so i slammed everything together, rerouted the cables and smashed the side panel onto it tongue.gif
there seems to be a problem with the top 5.25 tool-less part .. i can't get it out no matter how i try with this specific bay
The case is a little bit loud in a calm room but no claims soever, 6 fans is 6 fans wink.gif
does anyone know if the top panel is removable ?

The cable management can be a little tricky at times, and I've been forced to squish that side panel on too, with the mass of cables I had. My new fully modular PSU should help lots though.

A little dremel modding can go a long way in helping cable routing, if you're willing to go down that route. If so, the highest priority should be cutting a hole for the 8 pin motherboard power cable in the top-left corner of the tray, t'is a lifesaver rolleyes.gif

I depends on what you mean by the top panel. Are you referring to the plastic ABS panel? And I'm not sure about the 5.25 tool-less parts, can't say I had much trouble with them... then again, I did rip them out almost right away! biggrin.gif

If you took a pic of the bit you're having trouble with, I'm sure we could help you out more smile.gif

Edit: Double posting again... oops redface.gif
Edited by evil_scotsman - 6/25/12 at 2:10am
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post #1873 of 2487
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I depends on what you mean by the top panel. Are you referring to the plastic ABS panel?

I was referring to anything that can be pulled out from the top (just like the phantom, you can remove the entire top panel exactly as easy as removing the front panel)

I want this because i can notice some dust being built between the top 140s and the mesh above and i'll be a lot more comfortable if i knew i can clean that area without removing half my rig to get to the top fans .
post #1874 of 2487
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I depends on what you mean by the top panel. Are you referring to the plastic ABS panel?
I was referring to anything that can be pulled out from the top (just like the phantom, you can remove the entire top panel exactly as easy as removing the front panel)
I want this because i can notice some dust being built between the top 140s and the mesh above and i'll be a lot more comfortable if i knew i can clean that area without removing half my rig to get to the top fans .

Ahh, I get you now! Yes, it's possible to remove it, but you need to have the entire case pretty much stripped out. This is because 6 screws are holding it in place on the underside of the top panel, inside the case. There's another two screws on the front, which are usually hidden by the front panel, so that'll need to come off too.

Those two are easy enough, and to remove the 6 inside screws, I usually remove everything from the case, flip it upside-down, and then remove them, much easier than doing it with your head inside the case looking up redface.gif
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post #1875 of 2487
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Ahh, I get you now! Yes, it's possible to remove it, but you need to have the entire case pretty much stripped out. This is because 6 screws are holding it in place on the underside of the top panel, inside the case. There's another two screws on the front, which are usually hidden by the front panel, so that'll need to come off too.

Those two are easy enough, and to remove the 6 inside screws, I usually remove everything from the case, flip it upside-down, and then remove them, much easier than doing it with your head inside the case looking up redface.gif

that's just another way to say "no, you can't remove the top panel" tongue.gif
I guess i'll be using compressed air instead

may i say that i'm in love with this part of the case

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post #1876 of 2487
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Originally Posted by abdelrahman View Post

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Ahh, I get you now! Yes, it's possible to remove it, but you need to have the entire case pretty much stripped out. This is because 6 screws are holding it in place on the underside of the top panel, inside the case. There's another two screws on the front, which are usually hidden by the front panel, so that'll need to come off too.
Those two are easy enough, and to remove the 6 inside screws, I usually remove everything from the case, flip it upside-down, and then remove them, much easier than doing it with your head inside the case looking up redface.gif
that's just another way to say "no, you can't remove the top panel" tongue.gif
I guess i'll be using compressed air instead
may i say that i'm in love with this part of the case

Yeah I think everybody falls in love with the front panel/fan/HDD config. It's efficient and looks nice, Something I bet you don't know yet is that you can rearrange the front panel fans and ODD bays however you like. Moving fans up or down, You can even do it like this: ODD-Fan-ODD-Fan-ODD if you like (From top to bottom)

Pics related: tongue.gif

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post #1877 of 2487
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Yeah I think everybody falls in love with the front panel/fan/HDD config. It's efficient and looks nice, Something I bet you don't know yet is that you can rearrange the front panel fans and ODD bays however you like. Moving fans up or down, You can even do it like this: ODD-Fan-ODD-Fan-ODD if you like (From top to bottom)

I didn't know that lmaosmiley.gif
post #1878 of 2487
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Yeah I think everybody falls in love with the front panel/fan/HDD config. It's efficient and looks nice, Something I bet you don't know yet is that you can rearrange the front panel fans and ODD bays however you like. Moving fans up or down, You can even do it like this: ODD-Fan-ODD-Fan-ODD if you like (From top to bottom)
Pics related: tongue.gif
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Love the blue/green. thumb.gif
post #1879 of 2487
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Love the blue/green. thumb.gif

Oh lol I should have mentioned in my post that the example pictures are not mine, they are from another person(s) build. thumb.gif
post #1880 of 2487
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Oh lol I should have mentioned in my post that the example pictures are not mine, they are from another person(s) build. thumb.gif

Yeah I saw him post it a while back. Still like it, idc who's it is! tongue.gif
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