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That stain looks amazing!!!!
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Originally Posted by Copenhagen69;13243644 
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That stain looks amazing!!!!
The pictures really don't do it justice. You're to kind. smile.gif

I really like how these turned out. I cleaned up all the edges of the exterior corner pieces. Cleaned and very lightly sanded the surface. The old case metal these are from had a light texture to it that I wanted to keep. After getting things together with the stain on I wasn't really liking the flat on gloss corners. 2 coats of primer, 2-3 coats of flat black and finally 4-5 heavy coats of clear gloss enamel. It gives it a very heavy orange peel with a nice shine.

Same thing done here with the i/o panel and the yate/shroud. Except with the fan/shroud I gave them a light cleaning in between heavy coats. I wanted them much more smooth and glossy. I used a crap ton of masking tape around the fan and motor housing so only the shrouds are painted.
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@Cope
These aren't the greatest shots but it should help.
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After a little more practice I'm finding that some of these pins come out real easy with the sunbeam tool and some just won't at all.
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Because of the gauge of these staples I can only fit one. Put the staple in first and then use a single tine on the tool on the other side. You can just squeeze the other tine in between the plastic. It definitely makes for a tight fit in there which requires you to give a good tug on the wire with pliers to get it out.
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This is just what worked for me. You might want to try staples before you buy a kit and see how it works out. smile.gif
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That is great stuff. I've used that and a couple other brands before. The PlastiKote was by far the least clumpy and easy to apply.

Didn't need anything like that here though. Glossy orange peel will be gentle on the hand if I get out of control while gaming. Hitting the PlastiKote would be like pimp slapping asphalt. lol
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Originally Posted by Copenhagen69;13252509 
thanks for the pics!

My pleasure.
Here's another for you. I've been using the molex aux tool to push the pins out as opposed to yanking the wire from the back. I nearly yanked a few wires out of the pins and found this was much more safe.
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I have finished up quite a bit of sleeving.
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Practice makes perfect. Now I'm wishing I hadn't started with the 24 pin. I'll have to redo the shrink wrap.
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Last but not least... a couple shots with the top and glass on.
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post #107 of 287
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Looks absolutely awesome.
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Looks absolutely awesome.

Thanks! cheers.gif

I just got done making this guy for the hd's and as I went to hook it up realized I had them upside down...
My biggest sleeving mistake on the best possible cable to mess up. biggrin.gif
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Switcheroo #1
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#2 and viola!
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The heatshrink is still great on the visible side. wink.gif
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post #110 of 287
Awesome job!

I really wish I could start on something like this but damn my lack of garage and apartment living haha.

Really nice work though, I like the wood stain a lot as well as your improving sleeving skills. Also thanks for the tip on the screw cutting capability of wire cutters , I never noticed that before and it should come in handy for a lot of my small projects!
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