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modders: silver to black or black to silver, which is easier to pull-off flawlessly?

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When I say silver I really mean polished aluminium Vs anodised (black) aluminium.
I'm having a very hard time deciding between the silver or black Silverstone CW02.

I've weighed-up many different factors & I've decided what the determining criteria should be.
In the event I'm not happy with the colour I chose, whichever's easiest to mod to it's opposite colour, is the colour I want.

So the question is;
Is it easier to revert a black (anodised) case to a silver one, or a silver (bare aluminium) case to a black one?*

I'm guessing silver to black would be easier to pull-off in a slick/pro way, but I'm by no means an expert in the area.
Any sign writers, panel beaters, or hard-core modders please advise if you can!

Thank-you very much.
*I'm happy to pay to get either professionally done...
Just want to know what would be easier for the "pros" to do well!
Edited by jalyst - 3/8/11 at 1:24am
post #2 of 18
Generally darker colours are hardest to cover over especially with a lighter colour, you've also got the added issue of an anodized surface... go the brushed aluminium case
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post #3 of 18
Silver to black for sure.
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Silver to black will be easiest to paint, but keep in mind that you're never going to be able to pull off the effect of anodized aluminum with paint. It just won't be the same.
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Edited by jalyst - 3/10/11 at 12:12am
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Anodizing aluminium (to black in your case) requires the use of toxic chemicals, thus in terms of changeability black-to-bare-aluminium (using a lye bath) is do-able but you wont be able to DIY anodizing (without significant health risks).
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Edited by jalyst - 3/10/11 at 12:11am
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<scratch>
Another point, I was speaking to someone who owns the silver one...
And they "think" there's no paint job anywhere on the case, just raw brushed aluminium.
Yet I look at some photos & I swear the dress plates have some sort of paint on them.
What do you reckon?
<scratch>

Others reckon it's brushed in two diff. tones & anodised, but not painted as such?
The dress plates are painted on the black case, but there's conflicting opinions WRT to the silver one


If true converting to black will be more complicated than what some have claimed so far.
Whether or not it's more complicated than black to silver is YTBD...

These are the basic steps (omitting much detail I imagine) as I see them:

silver --> black case:
*dip in lye to remove anodised tint
*wipe off (don't brush so as to avoid ruining brush lines?)
*then anodise black.

black --> silver case:
*dip in lye to remove anodised tint
*wipe off
*try to produce brush lines on the body & dress plates similar to the silver cw02 (if they're not already there)

I imagine black -> silver (because of the last step) will require more work & hence more $ if I'm paying someone.
Do ya'll agree or do you feel I'm oversimplifying & that silver --> black would be more labour intensive?
Edited by jalyst - 3/11/11 at 7:13am
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Edited by jalyst - 3/10/11 at 7:29am
post #10 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blackalice82 View Post
Silver to black for sure.
Thanks for your thoughts...
Can you outline the process for silver to black & black to silver.
Thus illustrating why the former is way easier/cheaper?

Thank-you.
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