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