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post #1 of 23
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I was looking through the forums if someone has done this but couldn't find anything so I just jumped in head first and I'm glad I did.

So I bought these 1/4" BSPP - 1/2" ID - 3/4" OD compression fittings and they will do the job but I don't like the chrome and my planned color theme is black/white.

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I also got 2x black bitspower stoppers as they are cheap. I would have loved to get the bitspower compression fittings as well but they are too expensive for me at the moment and are twice the money I paid for the above chrome ones.

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You can see the chrome fittings look "cheap"

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I don't have to paint them inside/out, I just want to do the visible parts.

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Ok, let's go. Removed the O-rings

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Cut out cardboard circles and put them inside the fitting to avoid the paint from getting in.

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Cleaned off the dirt, oil and fingerprints with alcohol. I did not bother sanding tem down as I won't be handling them too much. If you plan to reassemble your loop on a weekly basis I would recommend paying more attention to this step and take your time to prepare the fittings for painting.
Then I put them in a cardboard with holes to avoid paint getting on the thread.


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Here you can clearly see the bad workmanship.

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I just used a cheap matt black spray paint.

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Spay 25-30cm away and don't overdo it. Better to do several thin coats than a big fat one that will start dripping.
Let it dry for 15-20mins and repeat.
Two coats later...


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I think it might just be ok.

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Five coats in and it's looking good. I did not do any more as otherwise the paint would start getting in to the meshy texture.

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As you can see the paint evened out the scratchy surface and made it look much smoother.

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Niiiicee!! Even if I say so myself...

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Ok, let's get them out

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Now that's the bitspower look at half the price!

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Let's clean the O-ring groove of any cardboard remains..

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Fit the O-rings back on

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And remove the cardboard circle thingies

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Instant awesomeness!!!

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I used matt black but bitspower uses glossier paint, however they are almost indistinguishable. I'm just splitting hairs here. smile.gif

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Honestly, it has turned out way better than I expected.
Do be careful when handling them as the paint won't be as durable as the industrial stuff.


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Enjoy the rest of the pictures...

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I hope this will help someone. If not with technical advice then at least with some inspiration.

Were you planning to do a similar thing?
Have you done it already?
Would you like to add your advice or experience induced recommendations?
Please feel free to share your knowledge and pictures below.
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post #2 of 23
Give you credit for taking some really nice pictures. Don't really see the point in spray painting them black though. They cost the same as the chrome ones. Now if you did them a different color, that would have been a different story.
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Nice second post, my friend.
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I would have used a primer first or put them to a brass wire wheel to get the coating off before painting, but as long as you dont touch them much the paint should stay on.
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post #6 of 23
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My supplier only had these chrome ones which they manufacture themselves @£3.48 and black Bitspower fittings @£6.79 so it's a no-brainer for me. I'm based in UK and I turned all UK water cooling pages around and could not find cheap, suitable black compression fittings. Being slightly lazy I would have never attempted this if I could find black compression fittings @ the same or similar price.
But I suppose someone else might still find this useful no matter what color they want to paint their fittings/barbs.
@Rangerscott: Nice call about the brass wire. I would go over them with a brass wire wheel If I would do that again, to give the paint something to grip on.
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post #7 of 23
nice pics, good work so far, black compressions look great w/ white tubing
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looking gooooooooooooood biggrin.gif
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post #9 of 23
looks great.... one thing you could do after the coats is actually heat your oven to about 450-475 degrees and pop those suckers in there for about 30 minutes. it will bake the paint on and you wont have to worry about flaking and peeling smile.gif

if you dont mind, where did you get those fittings from? im actually looking for a few and i dont want to go bankrupt!
Edited by Not A Good Idea - 12/30/10 at 9:13am
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looks great.... one thing you could do after the coats is actually heat your oven to about 450-475 degrees and pop those suckers in there for about 30 minutes. it will bake the paint on and you wont have to worry about flaking and peeling smile.gif

if you dont mind, where did you get those fittings from? im actually looking for a few and i dont want to go bankrupt!

Got mine from scan.co.uk and 2x 3/8 BSP specially for thermochill PA120.3 from thecoolingshop.com
Don't know if these sites are any good to you as you reside in states.
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