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Hello modders
I'm planing on mod my HAF 922 to a specific design





but I'm so new to painting, i found alot of guides here but i got so confused
and unfortunately in my country there is alot of painting materials i cant find
i only have
sanding papers (80, 100, 120, 150, 220 grit)
matte black spray paint
matte white spray paint
(i couldn't find any brand of spray PRIMER)

Isopropyl
Masking tape

and one thing , should i scuff the surface of the factory paint (black) and then pint on it, or i must use primer

so???
waiting your replies
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Originally Posted by Godfatherx64 View Post
Hello modders
I'm planing on mod my HAF 922 to a specific design


but I'm so new to painting, i found alot of guides here but i got so confused
and unfortunately in my country there is alot of painting materials i cant find
i only have
sanding papers (80, 100, 120, 150, 220 grit)
matte black spray paint
matte white spray paint
(i couldn't find any brand of spray PRIMER)

Isopropyl
Masking tape

and one thing , should i scuff the surface of the factory paint (black) and then pint on it, or i must use primer

so???
waiting your replies
I would follow FannBlade's painting guide. it is what I used before I started painting.

I am currently working on my Haf922 and the inside I will definitely say that you will need to scuff the inside then prime it. This way you will have better adhesion. I also primed everything on the outside, except for the plastic bezel and top IO panel. I just taped that part and painted. But I also had a few weeks in between to let it cure before I man handled them.

I also heard people did not use primer, just scuffing the factory paint and using that as a base and was told they good results. I never did because every time I tried painting over previous paint I had lifting, so I would have to sand and repaint. So I will always use primer.

You are going to need to get more sandpaper, 220 grit is what I start with, and sometimes I just skipped the 220 and started at 500, not wanting to remove to much paint.

One more thing, the alcohol you have will leave a white film on your plastic sometimes, so be careful.

There are plenty of others that know a heck of lot more than me, (I am still new at modding) that will jump in that know more than me, just wanted to get the ball rolling for you.
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thanks jon5270 very much for your reply,

so guys any other suggestions ??
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If you do not have any spray primer available to you then avoid using any of those grit sandpapers. They will take paint off almost instantly and leave you with bare metal. That is a no win situation if you can not get primer.
I would suggest prepping the case surface with scotch brite pads. Take the pads anda large bowl of warm soapy water and "sand" the case like you would with the 220 grit sandpaper so that the surface is scuffed and your matte spray paint has something to bond to.
Paint the case. You might have to give the case an extra coat or two without having primer. Matte paints (in my experience) usually cover well without primer. Spray light, thin coats. Follow cure times as directed on spray can.
I would also aviod the isopropyl alcohol. Not a good idea with any kind of paint. If you live in an area where you can not find paint prep products of any kind then use soap and water before using isopropyl. Making sure the parts are clean AND dry before painting is 90% of the battle in painting anything. Good luck and have fun. Painting is a kick in da sack!
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I just finished painting my nzxt m59. It took me about 2 weeks but the finish is unbelievable it looks better than my car! I have been planning to post a tutorial on how to get the best quality paint job, but haven't found the time to do a proper write up; it will cover the very basics all the way to doing a professional paint job yourself.

Before you begin
Some basic thing to know about how to spray.
*Spray a slow even coat but dont spray so slowly that the paint drips.
*Hold the can about 8-10 inches away from the surface you are spraying,
*Do a couple layers each time. spraying in different directions each time.
*note that once your can has about 1/4 of a can left it will start to sputter and spray unevenly because the aerosol is running out. You can combat this by running the can under some hot water. This will cause the aerosol to expand and to the bottom of a can and increase the pressure in the can.
*primer is a must(unless your paint is self-priming) it helps keep you paint stuck to the case and prevents it from chipping off.
Lets say you want to do a white job with a black racing stripe.

1) take your 220 grit and rough up all of the surfaces you want to paint( this will allow the paint to stick better. Then you need to clean the places you want to paint. to do this take some rubbing alchohol on a rag and wipe down all the places you wish to paint. Do it a few times and let it dry off for a couple hours

2) buy some primer and spray the case using the aforementioned techniques. one or two coats should do. let it sit for a minimum of 6 hours, placed in the son light if you can.

3)Take your black paint and spray a few coats, leaving about 30-45 minutes to dry in between coats. Then let it sit for a day then lightly sand with 500grit or higher, make sure to sand in alternating directions. The more you sand the paint the smoother it will look, but if you sand too much you could sand right through the paint exposing the primer underneath.

4) The next thing you should do is clean it. Don't use alchohol whatever you do! use soapy water on a rag instead. allow it to dry for a day. Then measure out the racing strip you want and place masking tape over the area where you want the racing stripe to be.

5) Time to spray again. its time for the white, so do a few coats then let it sit for a a day. Now its time to sand. Place fresh tape over the racing stripe. then take the 500grit like you did before and lightly sand the white.

6) repeat cleaning with soapy water and allow it to dry for a day.

7) Buy some clearcoat form your local homedepot and spray a few coats like you did with the paint. (the clear coat makes your paint really shiny and keeps you paint from rubbing or chipping off) let dry for a few days. I would say sand with 1500grit to polish the finish up and your done!

Ya...maybe not so simple, but this will make your case look legit The key to having a nice paintjob is to take your time. This maybe the hardest thing to do, but it will save you the most work in the long run; because if you screw up, you almost always have to restart from scratch


And if a week of painting is too long, you can always save a couple days by painting one color and only sanding before and after all of the spraying.

Its pretty late. I may have left something out, so let me know if anything seems out of place. any questions? lemme know.
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thank you so much guys for your reply , it is so helpful to me
but there is a problem , i can't find any brand of spray primer in my city
some guys here told me that matte gray paint can be a replace for the primer & some said that i don't need i primer , is it right???
Edited by Godfatherx64 - 4/26/11 at 7:19am
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thank you so much guys for your reply , it is so helpful to me
but there is a problem , i can't find any brand of spray primer in my city
some guys here told me that matte gray paint can be a replace for the primer & some said that i don't need i primer , is it right???
some paint is self-priming in which case putting a coat of primer on beforehand would be redundant. You could probably get away with not using primer if you just scuffed up the surface of the case real good beofre painting, but IMO its better to be safe than sorry. But it is a learning experience so experiment and see what works for you, maybe you'll find a super easy, super quick way to paint!
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As I said in my post you can scuff the case surface paint with scotchbrite pads and warm soapy water and then apply the matte paint if you can not get any spray primer.
Yes, you could use matte grey as a primer coat if you so desire. I only use grey colored primer when laying a dark colored base coat. I use white primer when laying a light colored base coat. I do this to set the hue of the base color.
Go which ever way you feel most comfortable.
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