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subbed this looks like its gonna turn out amazing
awesome case btw
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subbed for sure. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.
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Thanks for the interest and coming along for the ride!

This weekend has been the best so far for spring in Alaska. 5 days in a row of sunshine bringing temps up to a balmy 48 degrees! I spent a few hours on Saturday dismantling the AP-15s including a 20 minute search for a wayward clip that sprung on me . . .

Today I've spent the late morning spraying the first couple of coats on the blades and fan housings. three different color themes within this case complicates matters as I'm using 4 different colors just on the fans. I must say though, that I'm really happy with the colors and how they are turning out. I'll have some pics to post tonite or tomorrow of the painting process and final product.
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I enjoy the cool weather. Wisconsin. <3
    
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What the weather of 70 degrees F
to a great 28 degrees and snow whatever its cold
annoyed with this bs season lol

Great build by the way looks awesome subbin to this one for sure
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Watching...
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I enjoy the cool weather. Wisconsin. <3
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What the weather of 70 degrees F
to a great 28 degrees and snow whatever its cold
annoyed with this bs season lol

Great build by the way looks awesome subbin to this one for sure
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Watching...
@Urban - I agree with you. I love Alaska - lived here most of my life save a few years away in college but I moved back. Its one of those places you either love it or hate it.

@odin & nick - thanks for watching!

Update incoming . . .
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Update 3
Painting of the fans

A few thoughts on painting fans . . .

Fans in general are pretty simple to pull apart pending enough patience to figure out each brand's trick for coming apart. The GTs were no different. Remove the sticker, pull the tiny clip from the center rod, and presto - seperation! The motor was a bit tricky until I realized you had to press in and turn slightly to get it to release.

I did not take pics of the dissassembly because the camera I'm using doesnt do close ups to well. I tried and everything was blurry and useless. For some good pics and write up for GT AP-15's specifically, see Nordar's build Here

Painting of the blades was a breeze. I did 4 light coats per side. I alternated the spray angle between each coat 90 degrees and let each coat dry 20-30 minutes before the next spray.

The housings are proving a bit trickier. Since I don't have a garage to work in, I'm spraying in the driveway with a slight wind blowing - not ideal. I think I've done half a dozen light coats on all the housings, and I'm finding the white especially isn't covering well. I'm going to let everything dry overnight and do another coat on the housings tomorrow. They don't look bad, but they are not as even as I'd like.

Below are pics of my weekend's labor. A few hours to dismantle them while watching a movie with the wife, and a full day of painting and drying today while doing various chores around the house and consuming a few adult beverages.

It is barely spring here in Alaska. 45 degrees and sunny today so I need to take advantage while I can. Here's a shot of my back yard


Pile of motors waiting to be sleeved and reinstalled. Poker anyone?


Undressed and ready to be painted



Front and back blades and housing showing what's been masked off


Multiple colors for 3 different color themes in different sections of the case - sure does complicate things


Overview of my low tech painting room. Make do with whatcha got!


After a full day of painting and several coates later . . . viola!


Fire side


Ice side


Pedestal NAS


The housing colors are what the interior of the case will be painted. I wanted the housing to blend a bit and have the focus be on the fan blades. I hope this gives everyone out there an idea of the color scheme now. The golden color doesn't quite say "Fire" yet, but trust me . . . we'll get there!

Next up, an additional coat on the gold and white housings, sleeving of the motors, and then reassembly of all the fans.

That's it from me for tonite. Thank you for continuing to follow along. Feedback is always welcome.

Bear
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This is looking interesting already.
    
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rather sexual build
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Peculiar - captivating
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