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I have been exploring ideas of how to make the interior of my ABS Black Pearl look 'cleaner'. The exterior is black brushed aluminum but most of the interior panels are silver aluminum. I am contemplating biting the bullet and fully disassembling the case to have the interior powder-coated but I have also come up with a fairly simple idea using acrylic sheeting to 'clean up' the interior. Below is a stock picture of the case.



The following SketchUp diagrams feature a rough model of the case. As shown below, panels A, B (optical drive mounts) and C (motherboard tray) are silver aluminum.



The images below describe my idea regarding acrylic. Two sheets of smoked acrylic will be installed covering panels A, B and part of C. The sheets will be bolted to the unpainted aluminum panels using the mounting holes already drilled in the aluminum.

The acrylic sheet covering panel A is purely for looks. The sheet covering panel B and part of panel C serves the dual purpose of hiding the unpainted aluminum panels and also providing cable management options (front panel, USB and SATA connectors can be routed underneath it and out of sight).





I am lucky enough to have a professional plastics shop located about 3 blocks from my house. All I need to do is create templates and the shop will custom cut the acrylic for me.

I do have a couple of concerns. Mainly whether smoked acrylic will be dark enough to hide the silver aluminum beneath it or whether I will need to use black acrylic to hide the unpainted aluminum. Given how inexpensive this project will be (probably ~$30 for the material and custom cutting), I may just go ahead with the smoked and see how things turn out.

But before I do, let's hear some thoughts and opinions from OCN...
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 3/2/11 at 10:27am
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I have been exploring ideas of how to make the interior of ABS Black Pearl look 'cleaner'. The exterior is black brushed aluminum but most of the interior panels are silver aluminum. I am contemplating biting the bullet and fully disassembling the case to have the interior powder-coated but I have also come up with a fairly simple idea using acrylic sheeting to 'clean up' the interior. Below is a stock picture of the case.



The following SketchUp diagrams feature a rough model of the case. As shown below, panels A, B (optical drive mounts) and C (motherboard tray) are silver aluminum.



The images below describe my idea regarding acrylic. Two sheets of smoked acrylic will be installed covering panels A, B and part of C. The sheets will be bolted to the unpainted aluminum panels using the mounting holes already drilled in the aluminum.

The acrylic sheet covering panel A is purely for looks. The sheet covering panel B and part of panel C serves the dual purpose of hiding the unpainted aluminum panels and also providing cable management options (front panel, USB and SATA connectors can be routed underneath it and out of sight).





I am lucky enough to have a professional plastics shop located about 3 blocks from my house. All I need to do is create templates and the shop will custom cut the acrylic for me.

I do have a couple of concerns. Mainly whether smoked acrylic will be dark enough to hide the silver aluminum beneath it or whether I will need to use black acrylic to hide the unpainted aluminum. Given how inexpensive this project will be (probably ~$30 for the material and custom cutting), I may just go ahead with the smoked and see how things turn out.

But before I do, let's hear some thoughts and opinions from OCN...
If the only reason you are doing the acrylic is to hide the silver aluminum, why dont you paint it? better chance that you wont spend $30 and realize you can still see through it. On another note, this is a awesome idea. Hope all goes well for you. IMO, the smoke you will be able to see through best to go with the black.
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Yes, one of the goal of using acrylic is to hide the unpainted aluminum, though I am leaning more and more towards getting these parts painted regardless. Aside from that however, I would also like to get a sense of what some acrylic would look like inside the case.

I love what I've seen done with acrylic on the forum (master-modders, you know who you are) and I would like to bring some of that awesomeness to my rig without having to dedicate hours and hours of time to fabricating the acrylic components myself.

EDIT: Just talked to the guys at the acrylic shop. They are cutting the piece that will cover panel A out of dark-grey smoked 6mm thick sheet. It will be done later today so I should be able to get it partially install in the case after class tonight. Will post pics!
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First teaser pic:



Case is being disassembled this weekend for paint next week.

I think I may start a proper work log for this little project on the weekend.
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First teaser pic:



Case is being disassembled this weekend for paint next week.

I think I may start a proper work log for this little project on the weekend.
ahahhaha, just realized i have the lian-li v1200b, almost exact same case as the black pearl. Now i gotta see what you do with it for sure. I just got done with my first mod on my scout and im going to start on my lian-li prob next week. going to paint the interior black and do a metalic blue/red on the outside.
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