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Project Plum An HP Pavilion Rebirth Work Log


Background: So I had enough spare parts in my garage to make a PC for a friend of mine. I even had spare plexi and edge molding. I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to practice my case modding. So I asked if I can pretty it up. The whole process took nearly 4 weeks but with around 7 days of actual work time.

Victim: HP Pavilion a335w. I forgot to take pictures of it so all I was able to find were stock images on Google.


Specification: All these were parts laying around the garage or items I bartered with other parts laying in the garage.
  • Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 Black Edition
  • OCZ 2GB DDR2 PC6400
  • BFG 8800 GT
  • Corsair 550W
  • Samsung 250GB
  • Samsung CD/DVD-RW
Tools & Accessories:
  • Drill
  • Dremel
  • Reinforced dremel bits
  • Xacto Knife
  • Masking Tape
  • 4010 Double Sided Tape
  • Black Grommet Edging
  • White Primer Spray Paint
  • Spa Blue Spray Paint
  • French Lilac Spray Paint
  • Heirloom White Spray Paint
  • Matte Clear Coat

Day 1:

Took everything apart, cleaned them up, sanded a bit, and put a light coat of white primer.


Continued on ...


I then let it sit for a day.
Day 2:

Coats of French Lilac. Looks delicious don't it?








I even got the little things. Not sure if the floppy will work after blasting it, but I really only did it so there isn't a blank spot where the floppy should be.


That was all the painting I did that day. Then I went on to working on the side panel. Time for my trusty dremel and reinforced bits!


Tad too long on the edging no?


That's better.


BAM! Coat of white primer. Last thing I did that day.

Day 3:

Now it's time for the inside. She wanted the inside of the case to be blue. Being color blind really doesn't help for this part.


T'was funny. I really couldn't tell the difference between the hues of purple and blue she had. So I had to mark one and make sure that was the one used inside. Anyway, taped up what I could, then put a coat of white primer inside.


That was it for that day. I did get into some problems with the side panel and edging though. The corners were beginning to slip off! I should have taken a picture, but I forgot. Was frustrated. I had to rip all the edging off again, slip on another full strand, and make sure it was tight at the edges. Primer, Sit, Wait, Sleep.
Day 4:

And as fast as I can punch a jaguar in the face, the inside is sprayed with Spa Blue.






I also sprayed the side panel with the window French Lilac this day. Sorry no pics.
Day 5:

This took the most time. My back was killing me, I was hungry, it was hot in California, then got cold at night. It was tough.

Did a quick sketch with white color pencil.


Darkened with a marker.


And the Xacto knife action begins.


Little by little, it is getting there.


My thumbs were killing me. And my back. I should have put it on a higher table.


Finally. And it only took 4 hours...


Standing up.




Called it a day.
Day 6:

And the Cherry Blossoms start to get paint!


I think I slapped on maybe 3-4 medium coats. Didn't know how it would be taking it off when it's dry, so I took off the tape after the final coat of Heirloom White.








There were little cracks here and there on the edge molding. So I sprayed the purple into a cup and touched up whatever I could with a tiny paint brush. You could probably see them in the pictures above if you look hard enough. I think this next one is after the touch up paint.


End of day.
Day 7:

No images here, but boy was it tough. It was time for clear coat and things just weren't going my way. I didn't properly block the plexi while clear coating so some of it got on the plexi. It dried and was really hard to remove without hurting the purple paint also!

So, instead of trying to remove the clear coat that spilled onto the edges of the window, I just made a border of clear coat around the plexi. It has a nice effect. Most likely will be doing it on one of my next projects. Stenciled, clear coated, plexi window. Neato.

But yeah, mostly a clear coat day.
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Final Day:

So everything is dried, and a friend of my comes over to help me out. It's his girl's tower so he wanted to put some work on it.


Gotta love the masking tape


Crushed everything in there. Messy, I know, but you won't be able to see it!


Moment of truth, checking to see if it turns on at least. No monitor or peripherals used...


Success!

















And there you have it. Project Plum. It was a fun build, learned a couple things. Hope you enjoyed looking at the process. I didn't know whether to put it all on one post, but I figured I'll be doing this again so I'll get it right next time.









post #3 of 13
Fantastic paint job. Really cool idea too, I like it!

I don't like the LED's, but then again, I never do, heh. Still, a very nice case over all!
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Very nice work indeed, like the paint job well done!
    
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post #5 of 13
Nice color choice for the case, and the LED's really work well with the color.
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Looks brilliant, very impressive for your first mod.
    
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Thanks everyone
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I have that same case in my sons room. Old Hp.

Looks great! maybe give me some inspiration. Nice exacto work. I do the same type of stenciling, only on watermelons and Ice sculptures.
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post #9 of 13
This looks great! Were you not at all afraid of scratching the paint by using an exacto knife to cut out the stencil? Or were you just REALLY REALLY careful?
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looks great!
wayy nicer than the bit of modding i did on my old pavilion case (same case)
i painted most of the metal and stuff a golden textured color (paint made for patio furniture)
loved how durable the paint was
i painted the dark blue plastics green
and i forget if i painted the silver part anything or not
i also cut a clover shaped hole in the side that was intended for a dark tinted window (green lights in the case that i never got)

was gonna be a green clover sort of theme, for no specific reason, i just wanted a green theme and we didn't have a big enough holesaw for a 120mm fan, so i cut four smaller holes in the clover pattern then decided it'd be better for a window lol
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