Hehe... maybe this would grab your attention.
I need some opinions from you guys about painting my "new" radiator. Let me preface this with a little background though.
Originally, I bought a used XSPC RX480 used off another forum. For $80 and seeing that the one picture the seller had of the backside looked very clean, I thought it was a pretty good deal. Once I got the radiator in hand though, it was a completely different story!
The front side (same side as the ports), which was not
shown in the pic, was F-I-L-T-H-Y
- full of clumpy dust/dirt and some sort of grime! I wish I had taken pictures to show how I am not exaggerating that it looked like it was used in a basement. But to make matters worse, it STUNK
like gym socks!!!
Combine this with the amount of scratches that were not shown in that seller's pic, was enough to make me feel like I should have spent the extra ~$30 and got a new one instead.
I got right to work and washed the radiator with detergent as thoroughly as I could so the funk and most of the dirt/dust is already gone. To remedy the horrid paint job, I decided to sand the radiator down and repaint it a glossy white.
Here is where things got interesting after about an hour of sanding! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I quite like the look of the paint-less radiator!
It reminds me a lot of the Watercool or Airplex rads from the brushed steel. Obviously not as nice, but not bad either for a fraction of the price.
So what do you guys think? Here's what I'm thinking are my options:1.
Leave the rad unpainted but continue sanding to get rid of the remaining paint.2.
Paint just the brass chambers, at the top and bottom.3.
Carry on with the original plan to paint the whole thing white.
Let me know!