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this will sound like a n00b ?
but is there a way to change the colour of a pcb board
like make a old green video card blue
or any other colour

ind why was it for the longest time most pcb boards were green?



edit:don't know if I posted this in the right spot
move if so
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 3/8/11 at 8:13pm
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Paint it. But that doesn't always work out well.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thisischuck01;12663397 
Paint it. But that doesn't always work out well.

well ya
but...


I'd like it to look good
and the card will still need to work
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You can not change it after, only during production. The color of the board is based on the color of the PCB coating that protects and masks the copper traces. The point of the coating is to mask off parts of the board and expose solder points so it is easier to solder during manufacturing. Green was the de facto standard back then. Different colors do not actually have any difference in the board itself. It's dependent on the PCB fab factory and what color they use. Really old devices and cheap devices such as clock radios do not even have the green coating, since they are usually easily soldered through hole components.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 3dfxvoodoo;12663408 
well ya
but...


I'd like it to look good
and the card will still need to work

An example of when it does turn out well:

Laine's Red Wine.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LemonSlice;12663423 
You can not change it after, only during production. The color of the board is based on the color of the PCB coating that protects and masks the copper traces. The point of the coating is to mask off parts of the board and expose solder points so it is easier to solder during manufacturing. Green was the de facto standard back then. Different colors do not actually have any difference in the board itself. It's dependent on the PCB fab factory and what color they use.

so there is/was no reason for the pcb's being green
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 3/8/11 at 8:25pm
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will it damage the card if I paint it ?

will be doing it to my old v5.5k

I use it daily at high loads too
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 3/8/11 at 8:24pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 3dfxvoodoo;12663509 
will it damage the card if I paint it ?

will be doing it to my old v5.5k

I use it daily at high loads too

If you mask the parts that create heat so they aren't covered to hinder heat transfer, you should be good. Make sure it's 100% dry though, give it a few days. And no, there was no particular reason PCBs started out green. They could have been red or blue or black or white or hot pink from the start.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LemonSlice;12663574 
Make sure it's 100% dry though, give it a few days.

ok
what kind of paint should I use?
Quote:
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If you mask the parts that create heat so they aren't covered to hinder heat transfer
now to find out what all parts make heat

and is it ok to paint over all the little white chips on the board (not sure what there called)
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For touching up PCBs we used to use nail polish, that is usually a great way to add color or just simply tint the board. I use clear nail polish on PCBs that will be outside, I had a knight rider stetup that used a bunch of LEDs on PCBs in the grille of a car, the thing went 1500 miles through the heat/rain and I still use the lights as testers today.
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