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Alright, so I went to crack open my DVD drive from my old Dimension 8300 before I sand it and such. I was following this video as a reference:


When I took of the case I was pleased to find I didnt have to tape anything off, but then I found that the white plate had sticky white pads on it. I'm sure they are for insulating the case from the metal so I placed them on the corresponding spots on the board.

But there is still all this black cardboard and foam pieces. My question is am I better of trying to paint without getting any on the foam and paper or can I just rip it all off?

Don't worry the warranty was up anyways.



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Really no input at all? I thought there were more modders on here?
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post #3 of 11
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Im just painting it with it on. Imm going to avoid the foam as best I can. I will post my results.
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I don't see anything vital to do with the foam etc that a thin layer of paint would hurt, but can always just tape off that entire side ?
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Originally Posted by Neokolzia View Post
I don't see anything vital to do with the foam etc that a thin layer of paint would hurt, but can always just tape off that entire side ?
Like I said I just avoided painting it, no masking or anything. The parts are all murdered out in flat black, screws and all. I will take pictures tomorrow or Sunday as I'm supposed to wait 24hrs.
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Put the foam back where they came from. I believe they were there to keep it from shorting on the metal drive casing?

I painted my dvd drive black. Followed the guys exact video too. I had 2 small pieces of what looked like thermal tape on two chips. Theres no need to paint the inside. I found quickly that the paint gets chipped/scraped off. Not sure if using a primer would help?
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I found quickly that the paint gets chipped/scraped off. Not sure if using a primer would help?
I found that too but I used a rust paint and primer in one. I re-sanded it and painted it. If it scratches when I put it in I decided I will only paint the faceplate on my card reader because it is not worth the hassle.
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The white pad is a thermal pad for one of the chips. The foam I would bet is to help quiet down the noise that the drive produces.
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Yeah I got that now, I've had it with this drive. I'll just buy a Sata one and not void the warranty on it. IMO as long as the cables are managed and it looks fine from the outside theres not much more I'd want.
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Use, primer, couple coats of paint, and well can sometimes find I think there is out there somewhere this clear cloat or something that doesn't effect the finish is the key part, it does chip pretty easy though if something scraps it regardless. When I had to screw in my PSU back into my paintjob paint chipped when screw get digging into it.

Can be fixed a bit more with more love with sandpaper, on first coat, before primer, and then on set primer so get 100% adherence.
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