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Hi OCN,
I have been browsing around these forums for a while now and have finally got around to registering.

With have quite a full shed of computer cases I decided to dig out my favourite, a P180 which was unable as both hard drive enclosures had gone missing.
Yet now with replacement enclosures on the way I got round to digging the case out:
(Sorry about the images quality, I can't seem to find my normal camera)

Potential future projects:

As you can see there are a few more cases for a mod in the summer when I have time.

This case is to upgrade from my current unbranded server case, which has poor circulation and will take my new Antec Truepower 650W when it arrives.

However there are a few things I cant seem to clean off, this grime at the bottom will not budge:


Whilst the case has some scratches and groves on it, this one being the worst:


Other than that it is a good case, and a good place to start my dream of a 4Ghz overclock and higher.






Any tips on cleaning this case without having to repaint it.
I don't wont to spend too much time on this case, so I can get onto modding those other cases?
post #2 of 21
a) do you happen to know what is on it that you can not seem to get off?
b) how deep are those scratches?

My initial response would to strip the case(side panels, front panel etc..) and soak it in degreaser and hose it down. Use rubbing compound for the scratches and try to get some touch up paint and fill in that deeper scratch and maybe wet sand with 1000&2000 and rub it out with some compound. Just not sure how much work you are wanting/willing to put into the case.
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Looks like corrosion, though the photo isn't very clear. Can't do much about that apart from sanding it back.
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if thats the case then try some steel wool and plain water. or steel wool and WD-40(lube and mild solvent).
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post #5 of 21
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a) do you happen to know what is on it that you can not seem to get off?
b) how deep are those scratches?

My initial response would to strip the case(side panels, front panel etc..) and soak it in degreaser and hose it down. Use rubbing compound for the scratches and try to get some touch up paint and fill in that deeper scratch and maybe wet sand with 1000&2000 and rub it out with some compound. Just not sure how much work you are wanting/willing to put into the case.
I dont mind putting in the work to bring this case up to standard, its just how I would go about it. I will try the degreaser tomorrow when I buy some, the scratch in the front is very shallow however I don't want to ruin the finish on the front of brushed aluminium


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Looks like corrosion, though the photo isn't very clear. Can't do much about that apart from sanding it back.
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if thats the case then try some steel wool and plain water. or steel wool and WD-40(lube and mild solvent).

Here is a better image:

Its going to be hard to sand some areas, so I will try the degreaser first and see what the outcome is. There are some places where the rust really has taken hold such as the back:

Any ideas on how to remove that rust?
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That's an awesome case, I'm still rocking one today
    
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That's an awesome case, I'm still rocking one today
Damn I envy you, I have always wanted to use my case yet lost the hard drive compartments so it has been in my shed in the damp instead
post #8 of 21
Someone on here (CattleRustler I think) used some sandpaper and a flatedge (a paint stirring stick) with long, even strokes in one direction to give a piece of metal a brushed look. Perhaps you can do something similar (maybe with a scrubbing/scuff pad or high-grit sandpaper like 1000grit). This would help sand the scratch down but would keep the brushed look on the case.

As far as the rust, I would just sand it lightly with some sandpaper to remove the rust. It'll be inside and out of the elements so you shouldn't have the rust come back. And even if you did, it's just a little rust. It won't make your PC fall apart in a year or anything.
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post #9 of 21
That case is a prime candidate for a powder coat

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Someone on here (CattleRustler I think) used some sandpaper and a flatedge (a paint stirring stick) with long, even strokes in one direction to give a piece of metal a brushed look. Perhaps you can do something similar (maybe with a scrubbing/scuff pad or high-grit sandpaper like 1000grit). This would help sand the scratch down but would keep the brushed look on the case.
Thanks for that idea, I will buy the highest grit paper I can find and have a go at that.
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