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post #161 of 512 (permalink) Old 06-21-2014, 07:36 PM - Thread Starter
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33. ALL BECOMES CLEAR

So finally finished all of the interior basecoat and accents, and now.... clear coat time! Using a Krylon Acrylic satin clearcoat (that is supposedly an acrylic enamel according to Amazon, but I'm not so sure....)

As I've mentioned before, my primary goal here is scratch resistance to protect the flat finish.

I'm starting with the front panel, top brace, bottom panel, and back panel, since it's now been over a week since I painted those. It should be cured enough to clear coat.

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I had already wet-sanded with 400 grit and let dry. Now degreased using isopropyl alcohol:

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And used a tack cloth to remove any lint or dust:

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And after the first coat of clear:

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Sanded with 800 and second coat of clear on the bottom panel:

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Waiting for that to dry and then I'll wet-sand with 1000.

And the front panel:

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Front panel filler plate:

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Back panel:

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Top brace:

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Getting better at using the clear coat. Wish I could have gotten the base coat smoother, but that would have required essentially sanding back down to metal, repriming with a filler primer, and starting over. At this point, I just want to see how nice I can make it, even with the basecoat flaws.

And noticed something about the fan... there's a reddish powder on the grill. Hmm... wonder what that could be.

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Oh yeah... that's paint dust from overspray. Now I know why you set up an exhaust fan with a filter to catch that stuff. It gets everywhere, otherwise.
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Looks good! I've never heard of acrylic enamel before, I usually go for the clear coat you can get for cars but that's way to glossy, this stuff Looks much better.
Are you getting sick of painting yet? I normally get bored with it after the first coat and just want to get on with building! biggrin.gif

I've been thinking about how you could do your logo with Hand Tools and I really can't think of anything except being a pro at using a jigsaw
Can't wait to see how you do it! I'll be taking notes.... thumb.gif
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Looks good! I've never heard of acrylic enamel before, I usually go for the clear coat you can get for cars but that's way to glossy, this stuff Looks much better.
Are you getting sick of painting yet? I normally get bored with it after the first coat and just want to get on with building! biggrin.gif

I've been thinking about how you could do your logo with Hand Tools and I really can't think of anything except being a pro at using a jigsaw
Can't wait to see how you do it! I'll be taking notes.... thumb.gif

I've never heard of it either.



I think Amazon screwed up on the description, because that stuff is clearly an acrylic spray. The satin and flat versions are even listed specifically as acrylic.

And yeah, I'm sick of painting. I talked to my dad, who's done much more painting than I have, and he basically said since I wasn't going for a high-gloss finish I could omit sanding between clearcoats, which saves a lot of time.

I just installed my first rivets, I'll post an update soon!
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34. INTERNAL PAINTING DONE AND ASSEMBLY! (PICTURE HEAVY)

So I had a chat with my father, who said I was overdoing it on the clear coat. Basically, unless I was using a gloss finish that I wanted to mirror out, sanding the clear was only required if I saw imperfections in the clear that I wanted to remove.

Since I'm using a satin over flat finish, there wasn't really need for further sanding. With that... all the painting of the internals is done (I still have to paint the side panels and the outside of the top panel, but that's down the road a bit...)

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So let's start the assembly! This is my first time using pop rivets. Just bought my first rivet gun last month, and ordered some pre-painted black rivets from ADPRivet.

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I decided to start with the filler plate on the front panel to try and get a feel for the tool and the rivets. That filler plate is the Lowes nailing plate that I had to use to fill in the external 3.5" drive hole before drilling my front fan holes. Note that I had to core out some of the holes throughout this assembly. With the extra paint thickness, I couldn't get the rivets in!

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Man that felt good! And look at that perfect fan hole!

Alright, let's do this...

Back panel to the bottom panel:

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Front panel to the bottom panel:

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Motherboard brace:

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Motherboard tray. It locked in at the brace, and screwed into the back. Unfortunately, I appear to have misplaced my black screws that I needed for one of the rear holes, so I'm using a silver screw temporarily. I'll have all-black screws or paint over the silver ones later:

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3.5" Drive Cage:

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5.25" Drive Cage. I slid a piece of plastic sheet between the two to protect from scratching it up during positioning:

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And I discovered it was blocked by the back of the top two rivets on my fan filler plate. Oops. Oh well.. tin snips time...
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Then drilled through the top and bottom cages so I could rivet them together.

Top Panel Brace:




Now... the perceptive reader will have noticed feet on that thing. I did those a bit earlier in the process, but I wanted to talk about them near the end. If you remember, I bought some rubber washers so I could install the mounting machine screws backward to keep the inside of the case cleaner. Here's the hardware laid out:

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Now, if you remember, the washers had a slightly larger hole diameter, which made it difficult to center them. So I took some electrical tape, cut it down the middle, and wrapped it around the machine screw where the washers would go:

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PERFECT!

Hope you enjoyed this update, I can tell you it was a real joy to put this all together. Only a few mishaps during assembly, which I can easily touch up with a brush.

Next post... THE INTERNALS REVEAL!
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damn. can't wait to see the finished internals.
This gonna be awsome.
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damn. can't wait to see the finished internals.
This gonna be awsome.
^^This. wheee.gif

Can we get a wide shot of it all assembled or are you saving that for the next update?
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Subbed!!!!!!!! My first case mod was simply a larger window to my Phantom 820

a couple of bits removed to add more room and some LED strips. But seeing a fellow noob modder like me going completely balls to the walls doing mobo rotations, complete disassembly's and the like (Although on an old case) Makes we wanna strip down my build and start again) biggrin.gif Kudos to you bro. + 1 For an awesome log and a sense of humour that matches my one best friend almost exactly! tongue.gif

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damn. can't wait to see the finished internals.
This gonna be awsome.

Thank you! I've taken some "before/now" pics and I'll upload them in a minute. Then I'm going to see about something a bit more fancy.
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35. BEAUTY SHOTS AND PROGRESS TO DATE COMPARISONS

Let's start with a few internal shots, shall we?

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And now... the full case shots!

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And finally, the BEFORE/TO DATE shots!

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36. LIGHTS, CAMERA...

Let's see what this baby looks like with some fans and lights in it! First the fan grommets.

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Installing the fans. On the upper front fan, I could actually "drop in" from the 5.25" drive bay. Pretty convenient.

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Had to use pliers to get the grommets to snap through. Had the [expletive deleted] pliers slip and nick my brand new paintjob, mad.gif so I put tape on the case edges to prevent that happening again for the rest of this.

And here's the front fans installed:




And the back fan:



Now let's have a look at some lighting. The fans have LEDs, so I'm set there. But I also bought this nifty red LED strip from Performance PCs:



Remember the mobo brace that had that nifty channel in it? Well have a look at this:



It fit in there like it was made for that spot. Just awesome. I have plans for that, beyond just shoving the LED strip in there, I promise. Now let's drop an old motherboard (MSI K8T NEO) in there and check that still fits properly. This isn't the mobo that will end up in this box, but with the number of times I'll be putting it in and taking it out, I figure an old 2004 motherboard is something I don't mind accidentally frying.



And the PSU. I slipped some paper under the back end of it, to keep from scratching the paint.



The observant viewer will notice that the PSU cables are on the far side of the PSU from the mobo tray. An unfortunate side-effect of flipping the mobo tray. I'll have to do something about that later. (Moar plans, boiling and bubbling in le cranium.)

All done?

Lets fire this baby up!

Holy cow those things are bright! Well part of the plan is to insert a semi-opaque acrylic in that slot, to diffuse the light a bit. But for now, let's fold over some paper and slip that in there:



Much better!

But wait... I feel I'm missing something.

Oh yeah! The front bezel!



Now you may have noticed something sticking out of one of the 5.25 drive bays. That, my friends, is an NZXT fan controller. I've got it hooked up to the front fans and the LED. A real frankenstein job there. I hooked the LED molex to the fan molex so turning down the LED also slows down one of the front fans (not what I'm going for). The plan is to make an adapter so I can plug the LEDs directly into that controller and control the case lighting independently using one or two of those sliders (I'm also going to paint the sliders red instead of white.)

And you may also have noticed a small little red eye peeking out of the top 5.25 bay. That's my new power switch, which I managed to connect correctly. Go me! *cough* Sorry, I get a little excited. That, along with the reset switch, are going to be mounted in one of those 5.25 bay covers already stuck in there.

[Expletive deleted] this thing is starting to look nice...



Hmm.... what would happen if I shoved an old optical drive in there? And yeah, those were IDE sockets you saw on that mobo. Oh and I'll need a video card too. No integrated video. And yes, that's an AGP slot.

Muuaaaahhhahahahahahaaa!!! It LIVES!!!!
It LIIIVVVVEEEESSSS!!!!!




Sorry. Carried away a bit there...







Gawd this is fun...

Now don't get nervous, folks. I've still got a metric tonne of work to do here. Front power and IO panel to make. Side panels to cut, mod, and paint. Some internal acrylic work to do. Cable management mounting points. Custom wiring extensions. Oh yeah, and a new mobo to install. I wish Gigabyte made RED motherboards... *sigh*.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed our newest installment of the Unearthing of the Relic.
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