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So I picked up a cheap HAF 932 AMD edition and I am looking at getting it powder coated and I have some questions. I already stripped the case down to nothing and now all I need to do is drill out the pop rivets. If I bring the case in for painting in a few pieces like this:

How much would it cost me estimated?
What are some things I should be aware of with this process?
Where should I start looking for someone to do it?

I've heard stories of people taking in their case and the painter either breaks some stuff or loses some little things or the side panel warps or something like that and I want to avoid all those things. I'm also having a hard time deciding on a color theme since I'm looking through the haf 932 owners club and it's like every mod you can think of has been done to this case.

Going with red and black would be the easy route since the front plastic bezel is red. I was thinking of red on the outside with black details just like the 922 special edition which I like the look of. But at the same time to me red and black is played out just like blue/black and green/black. I like yellow and black and don't see that too much and I also like orange and white and olive green with black. As you can see right now I'm not sure what direction I want to take this. Since this case looks more rugged I would like to go with a less fancy theme and something more rugged looking.

If I decide to do a non red theme what is the best way to paint my plastic bezel since I can't powder coat it? (don't tell me to use spray paint)


If I could get some input on any of this feel free to chime in. Thanks for stopping by. wave2.gif
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It vary on price. They spray on the plastic paint and bake it. Thinking$75 or less.
    
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They actually charge the metal and spray paint with charged ions or something. They basically make the metal magnetic or something. Anyway I'm sure I am butchering the process and some god of the internet will correct me.

It's going to be around $100 depending on color. My advice to you would be to completely disassemble the case down to single pieces of metal. And be aware that the paint will change how the metal fits back together. You will need nuts and bolts, maybe washers too.

I would start looking at some sort of metal fabrication places close to where I lived. Also who paints motorcycles, bicycles, and other miscellaneous engine parts around where you live? I would start with them. Most of them love a good challenge and are pretty cool cats.

Good luck!

Edit: Bro! I didn't even notice it was you! Search around for engine/auto body/motorcycle types. Usually these guys love a good challenge and doing something different.

Also! Be aware that different type of metal will have different levels of magnetism and therefore paint will react differently, basically saying if there are some parts with different metal, some parts will get a thicker coat of paint as opposed to others as it will be difficult for them to spray the same exact amount when other more magnetic pieces of your case are readily accepting more paint. I hope my drunk ramblings make sense to you!
Edited by Segovax - 12/21/10 at 9:38pm
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm some what familiar with the whole process of powder coating. I do intend to undo all the pop rivets so each piece can get a full and even layer of paint. I don't think it will be too hard to put back together with pop rivets will it?

What kind of color theme do you guys think I should go with? I wanna go with something crazy, but nice at the same time. Like an off white pearl paint job would be really nice with black. I was also thinking of gloss black with a pearl aqua blue biggrin.gif

I guess I'll have to give it some time to think over what I want out of this build. All I know right now is that I want this to be the nicest build I've ever done so no cutting corners. I'll be sleeving each individual wire, going with compression fittings this time lol and getting another 5850. This is going to be the case for my bulldozer am3+ ddr3 build by the way so I have plenty of time to mod before I put it all together.
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Oh god this is going to be sexy. Ya I think all the colors you mentioned would be sick. Black/white and black/blue. If you want to redo it with rivets it's no big deal, just pick up a package of rivets and a rivet gun, it's really easy, it's like a pair of pliers. Just make sure you get a similar size of course.
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You do not need to disassemble the case, it's going to drive your price and time up considerably. The only parts a took off my haf 922 was the plastic bits and the hd tray. My guy also coated the pci slots and all the misc nuts for a total of $75. I got quotes up to $200, so just keep looking until you find a place that best suits your needs. That doesn't mean go with the cheapest guy either, i spoke to about 6 people on the phone until i settled with one shop, It doesn't matter whether they have done a case before or not... just make sure they have exp blasting thin aluminum and the right medium to do it (IE alum oxide or other fine media). Even without taking it totally apart pretty much every inch visible or not is covered. I've had my side doors on an off many times with not so much as a hint of scratching.


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Originally Posted by DefiedV;11735536 
You do not need to disassemble the case, it's going to drive your price and time up considerably. The only parts a took off my haf 922 was the plastic bits and the hd tray. My guy also coated the pci slots and all the misc nuts for a total of $75. I got quotes up to $200, so just keep looking until you find a place that best suits your needs. That doesn't mean go with the cheapest guy either, i spoke to about 6 people on the phone until i settled with one shop, It doesn't matter whether they have done a case before or not... just make sure they have exp blasting thin aluminum and the right medium to do it (IE alum oxide or other fine media). Even without taking it totally apart pretty much every inch visible or not is covered. I've had my side doors on an off many times with not so much as a hint of scratching.


TL;DR - Don't take apart, shop for middle of road price, profit.

Negative. If you want a sub par job don't take it apart. If you want it to be professional take it apart. I have had 2 different cases PC'd. It looks infinitely better when it is PC'd piece by piece. Not the whole thing, ew. Then there are tons of metal on metal contact that never gets any paint on it and the price difference will be so close anyway, it isn't worth it.
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