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Poll Results: Which color?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Glossy black
  • 80% of voters (4)
    Flat black
  • 20% of voters (1)
    Hammered Gunmetal
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post #1 of 14
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Just a few quick questions- I'm receiving my HAF 912 case in 3 days and I need to know a few things before i get rid of that hideous gray on the interior:

Is light sanding -required-? If so, what grit should i use?
Should i use paint that doesn't need primer?
What about self etching primer, would i need to sand then?
Should i leave light coats in certain areas such as HDD bays for mounting kits?
And finally- What color? Glossy black, flat black, or (my current favorite) Hammered gun metal.

Hammered gun metal:

Edited by Reista - 1/26/11 at 10:50pm
post #2 of 14
I say will will most likely want to slightly sand so the primer will stick, Self etching primer will do fine as long as you do a good sanding job the first time. Or you can go the old route and just do two coats of regular primer and two coats of your desired color.

I personally don't like the idea of gloss paint on the side of the case due to likely ti chip and get scratched up from all the hardware moving.However i am sure many will disagree with me here
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Originally Posted by Reista View Post
Just a few quick questions- I'm receiving my HAF 912 case in 3 days and I need to know a few things before i get rid of that hideous gray:

Is light sanding -required-? If so, what grit should i use?
Should i use paint that doesn't need primer?
What about self etching primer, would i need to sand then?
Should i leave light coats in certain areas such as HDD bays for mounting kits?
And finally- What color? Glossy black, flat black, or (my current favorite) Hammered gun metal.

Hammered gun metal:
You NEED to sand. I would use something like 120 grit but don't press to hard.
You should use regular paint that needs primer.
And you should use self etching primer because it is the best primer.
And you don't need to worry about the HDD bays etc. because the paint doesn't really interfere. It isn't thick enough.
And flat black gets my vote
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
I say will will most likely want to slightly sand so the primer will stick, Self etching primer will do fine as long as you do a good sanding job the first time. Or you can go the old route and just do two coats of regular primer and two coats of your desired color.

I personally don't like the idea of gloss paint on the side of the case due to likely ti chip and get scratched up from all the hardware moving.However i am sure many will disagree with me here
With my experience it seems more gummy than the flat black- so less likely to chip *shrugs* who knows? Nobody benchmarks paint =]

So it seems that i MUST sand.. So I'll be sanding the back, the interior top/bottom and mobo tray- anything else i need? To confirm, I'm ONLY painting the interior. I'll also be modding in a mirrored acrylic window (hence the current leaning to the grey color, despite black looking sharper)
Edited by Reista - 1/26/11 at 10:54pm
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How about Plasti Dip?

http://www.plastidip.com/

EDIT: A few of our users here use it! I'm thinking of using it when I do the interior of my Antec 900.
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How about Plasti Dip?

http://www.plastidip.com/

EDIT: A few of our users here use it! I'm thinking of using it when I do the interior of my Antec 900.
I wouldn't use that. At first it looks great, but it starts to peel off and once it starts it won't stop.
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by bfe_vern View Post
How about Plasti Dip?

http://www.plastidip.com/

EDIT: A few of our users here use it! I'm thinking of using it when I do the interior of my Antec 900.
haha, good suggestion, but I don't think it suits my need, it's rather high profile. It's more suitable to be a speed-sleever for psu cables though, which in that case it would be great =D
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Reista View Post
Just a few quick questions- I'm receiving my HAF 912 case in 3 days and I need to know a few things before i get rid of that hideous gray on the interior:

Is light sanding -required-? If so, what grit should i use?
Should i use paint that doesn't need primer?
What about self etching primer, would i need to sand then?
Should i leave light coats in certain areas such as HDD bays for mounting kits?
And finally- What color? Glossy black, flat black, or (my current favorite) Hammered gun metal.
Yes, sanding is required. Sanding creates scuffs on the surface that help the paint adhere. If you don't sand, the paint will eventually start flaking off.

Paint that doesn't need primer will work. Though you'll still need to sand the surface.

You still need to sand with self-etching primer. The selling point of self-etching primer is that you don't need to extensively sand it before you put a color coat on. With other traditional primers you need to sand them down some before you put a color coat on (you need to sand the surface [the case] and prime. Then sand the primer. Then paint. You don't have to sand between every color coat.) With etching-primer, you can pretty much lightly scuff it with something like a kitchen scrubbing pad.

I never take caution to add more or less paint in drive bays/etc, and I've never had a problem. Paint layers are very thin so I don't think you'll have an issue.
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How about Plasti Dip?

http://www.plastidip.com/

EDIT: A few of our users here use it! I'm thinking of using it when I do the interior of my Antec 900.
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I wouldn't use that. At first it looks great, but it starts to peel off and once it starts it won't stop.
This. I got a case that someone plastidip'd horrible stuff. It does peel and it's like a balloon. Very rubbery and hard to remove. I don't see why anyone uses it. It's not thick enough to do any kind of dampening. Think of it like gluing a bunch of balloons in your case. Yuck. Lol, just paint and use rubber grommets if you absolutely need dampening somewhere.
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Yes, sanding is required. Sanding creates scuffs on the surface that help the paint adhere. If you don't sand, the paint will eventually start flaking off.

Paint that doesn't need primer will work. Though you'll still need to sand the surface.

You still need to sand with self-etching primer. The selling point of self-etching primer is that you don't need to extensively sand it before you put a color coat on. With other traditional primers you need to sand them down some before you put a color coat on (you need to sand the surface [the case] and prime. Then sand the primer. Then paint. You don't have to sand between every color coat.) With etching-primer, you can pretty much lightly scuff it with something like a kitchen scrubbing pad.

I never take caution to add more or less paint in drive bays/etc, and I've never had a problem. Paint layers are very thin so I don't think you'll have an issue.



This. I got a case that someone plastidip'd horrible stuff. It does peel and it's like a balloon. Very rubbery and hard to remove. I don't see why anyone uses it. It's not thick enough to do any kind of dampening. Think of it like gluing a bunch of balloons in your case. Yuck. Lol, just paint and use rubber grommets if you absolutely need dampening somewhere.
Thanks a ton for the info =] I'de +rep but I can't =p
post #10 of 14
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This. I got a case that someone plastidip'd horrible stuff. It does peel and it's like a balloon. Very rubbery and hard to remove. I don't see why anyone uses it. It's not thick enough to do any kind of dampening. Think of it like gluing a bunch of balloons in your case. Yuck. Lol, just paint and use rubber grommets if you absolutely need dampening somewhere.
This is definitely good to know. The posts I have seen here have not reflected this.
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