17 Pieces at the Powder Coat Shop
Red is my favorite color, and for years I have wanted a red case. Finally that IS going to happen!
I know CaseLabs uses Prismatic Powders
for the powder coating on their cases. On the Prismatic web site they have a "Find Applicator" tool, you enter your zip code in and it shows you a map with their approved applicators in your area. I found there were five or six within driving distance of me.
I did some preliminary research several months back, sent a few emails to the shops that had web sites. Only one shop got back to me, and they ended up having horrible yelp reviews. I thought I recognized one of the addresses, and it turns out it was right across the street from a chrome plating shop that I've used several times. I was having some parts chromed last December, and I asked the owner about the shop across the street, and he says "I've sent several people to them, and they make a point of coming over to thank me for the referral". So that's basically how I chose this particular shop.
Prismatic Powders will also send you samples if you'd like. I called and asked for every red color they had, which they sent right away. It is amazing how many different colors they have! I really liked several of the "two coat" colors more than the single colors. The "two coat" process requires first applying a base coat, and then typically a transparent color coat over that. I really liked the Soft Red Candy
over aluminum sample I had. So I was planning to go with the Soft Red Candy over a Super Chrome
I brought all the parts into the shop to show them what I had. I wasn't sure if I was going to be leaving all the parts, or how it was really going to go. So I go into their show room and they have a bunch of different powder coated items on display, and on the wall there is a magazine with a motorcycle on the cover that they had powder coated! Right away I could tell that they did quality work, and you could see that they had nice equipment too.
I didn't ask, but I'm sure I was dealing with the owner. He was very knowledgeable, we looked at all the parts I brought, and I explained how all the threaded parts had to be protected. We looked at several of the color samples I had picked out, and he suggested I consider going with "Illusion Red" with a "Clear Vision" top coat. Of all the samples I had, I did not have this particular one, but he did. The actual color was very close to what I had already picked out.
As he explained, the "Illusion Red" with a "Clear Vision" top coat, would hide any blemishes better, like where the studs are pressed into the metal, or any scuffs. Also the Clear Vision top coat gives it a tougher, more scratch resistant finish. Both colors were very close, so I took his advise and went with the "Illusion Red" with a "Clear Vision" top coat. They will have to strip the old powder coating off first which will be at least half of the work!
I had to get to this point of the build in order to figure out exactly what flex-bay parts I need. Here's what I am planning to use:
1 - single solid cover
3 - double solid covers
2 - 280 radiator mount grills
1 - HDD mount 3 bay grill
1- power switch with USB port cover plate
1 - Aquaero cover plate
The case only comes with two single and two double bay covers, so I picked up one more single and one more double from Titan Rig. I am also having these four flex bay parts powder coated in case I decide to change the front down the road.
2 - extra single solid covers
1 - 140mm fan mount
1 - power switch cover plate without any holes for the USB ports
To round out the 17 pieces are the outer panels, the top, front and both side panels.
Parts packaged up and ready to go, along with my favorite samples.
I wasn't able to find any pictures of the Illusion Red, at least that I am able to show you here. If you would like to see a few pictures of the color, here is a link to the Prismatic Powders web site Illusion Red with Clear Vision top coat
He said it would take about three weeks to complete. I am so excited! Can't wait to see what it looks like!
I also explained that I was doing a build log here on OCN, and asked him if he could take some pictures of the parts during the process. He said he would, so hopefully I'll have some cool pictures to share with you