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Compaq Deskpro EP

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Hello OCN! I just completed painting most of the exterior of my Compaq Deskpro, so I thought I'd share my progress with you. First, an introduction:

THE PERSONAL COMPUTER READY FOR Y2K
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This was actually one of my first *modern* computers. I got it in the spring of 2005 when the company my dad worked for was auctioning their old inventory. I didn't think to take any beforehand pictures of the case before I painted it, but the illustration above would do it justice. This iteration of the series was released around 1998 but updated by the company well into 2002. Mine in particular has a 500MHz Pentium III and 512 MB of RAM (which I had upgraded).

This computer has been in 'active duty' since then, so I decided it would be nice to give it a new paint job. After taking the motherboard, steel exterior and front bezel off, I was ready to get started. I'm a complete beginner to this stuff, so forgive me if it look amateurish. I did the best I could with my limited skill set, and for the most part I am pleased with what I've accomplished.

Firstly, the front bezel needed to be primed. I took off the non-essentials and applied painter's tape over where the HDD/CPU activity lights were. It was what I thought would be the easiest and most attractive way to leave those lights functional, as I could not push the clear plastic out and thought a stripe would look cool. I used Goo-Gone to get rid of the OEM stickers and any gunk that I'm sure had accumulated as a result of years of use. After that, I washed it down with rubbing alcohol and primed it:
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To achieve a two-toned look, I purposefully left some things out:

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Then I gave it one coat with Rust-Oleum Glossy Red:

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When everything had dried the next day, I had finally finished with the front. It looked like this:

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And once I had done the rest of the outside of the case (with the exception of the side panel), it looked like this!

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My next steps, in order, will be to cut a side window panel, and perhaps paint the inside chassis a uniform matte black. What do you guys think?

More to come!
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post #2 of 4
very impressive... and i like your tone... really well...

i think you should paint the old parts (and face of devices) into better white tone...
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1x 1tb wd caviar blue 1x 1tb toshiba custom loop windows 10 dell u2711 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cta;12517718 
i think you should paint the old parts (and face of devices) into better white tone...

Yeah I did think about that, but in real life (read: no flash) the regular plastic actually looks warmer and contrasts better with the red, at least in my opinion.
Merlin II
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E4500 Intel DP35DP Gigabyte 9800 GT 512MB 2 GB Crucial DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Hitachi 1 TB Samsung 20x DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 NEC MultiSync A500+ 
PowerCase
Antec Earthwatts 380W Antec NSK4480b 
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Merlin II
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E4500 Intel DP35DP Gigabyte 9800 GT 512MB 2 GB Crucial DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Hitachi 1 TB Samsung 20x DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 NEC MultiSync A500+ 
PowerCase
Antec Earthwatts 380W Antec NSK4480b 
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post #4 of 4
no i refer to unpainted one...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k ga z87x oc force 2x hd 6950 (mod to 6970)  gskill 16gb ram 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1x 1tb wd caviar blue 1x 1tb toshiba custom loop windows 10 dell u2711 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech g15 xfx 840 watts custom case logitech g500 
Mouse Pad
japanese mousepad 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k ga z87x oc force 2x hd 6950 (mod to 6970)  gskill 16gb ram 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1x 1tb wd caviar blue 1x 1tb toshiba custom loop windows 10 dell u2711 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech g15 xfx 840 watts custom case logitech g500 
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