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post #71 of 534 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 07:38 PM - Thread Starter
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Wow ... that polished top is a lot different. You also polished it sooooooo much that the ports changed location. That must have taken a lot of effort.
Yes... I was thinking the same thing as I posted those pictures lol. I only took a few "before" pictures, and that was the best one. I hurriedly took the after pictures, which weren't very good. The best one of the few I took happened to be upside down from the before picture, also you can see it's still missing the back two pieces. Going to have great weather this weekend, I'll get some better pictures.

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Am I seeing it correctly that you were able to sand off the Bitspower branding? I think their stuff looks great, but it's absolutely saturated with their logo and I'm not a fan of that at all.
I did not start out intending to sand off the Bitspower branding, but by the time I got the 400 grit to the point of moving onto 800 grit, it was half worn through! At that point I went ahead and used 400 grit until the branding etching was gone before moving onto the 800 grit. I'm with you about the "branding", I think it looks better without it thumb.gif

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Nice drool.gif
Thanks!


Coming up next... painting the radiators.



Devastator
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Secondary Rig
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CPU
i9-7900X
Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
Case
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
CPU
Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard
Asus Maximus Extreme VI
GPU
EVGA GTX 980 ti Classified
RAM
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 500GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Cooling
EK 420 Rad + EK 280 Rad
Case
Corsair 750D
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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Acer XB271HU
Keyboard
Microsofte Natural Ergonomic 4000
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Painting Radiators

Time to paint the radiators. I did not originally plan to paint the radiators. They were black, and that's what I wanted. However, the paint that comes one the radiators is very thin and it's actually worn through in places from sliding around in the boxes. Also the fins have very little paint on them. So I'm going to go with a semi-gloss black spray paint to see if I can make them look a little better.

I've had good results with this Rust-Oleum Paint before, so that's what I used here.



I used a scuff pad to scuff the radiators and then wiped them down good. I used the stop plugs that came with the radiators as "paint plugs" now biggrin.gif



I used the screws that came with the radiators as paint stand-offs and to keep the paint from getting into the fan holes. Interestingly I had put the screws from all the radiators in one bag, after putting them into the radiators here I realized there were two different length screws. At the same screw head height the shorter screws were barely through the threads and the longer ones were almost touching the screw shields.



The screws that came with the radiators was only enough to do half of the holes, so I used some of the cheap China stainless screws I bought off of ebay. I'm not planning to use these now so perfect to paint over and toss. It was then that I realized these screw were considerably looser in the fan hole threads than the original ones are. Plus about one in ten screws has bad threads, won't even screw in, and some have the allen head filled in. So glad I have better screws to use.



I did three lights coats on the first side. Then carefully held the center bottom screws and flipped the radiators over. Three more light coats on the second side.







Here's the big news... as I'm almost finished prepping these radiators, getting ready to start painting them, and I get a voice mail on my phone from a number I don't recognize. I almost just ignored it because I'm getting ready to paint, but I check the message, it's from the powder coat shop... "your project is complete and ready for you to pick up, we'll be here until 12:30 today". They are usually closed on Saturdays and it's already 11:00.

Well the guy told me it was going to take three weeks, and it's only been two weeks! I'm not even expecting this, but of course I drop what I'm doing run down there to pick up my 17 pieces thumb.gif

I so badly wanted to come home and put the panels on the case, but I was already set up to paint the radiators. I would have run out of daylight and time for them to dry if I delayed any, so painted the radiators as planned. I did pull a few pieces out to check them out. It looks like they did an amazing job on the powder coating. More on that later, but for now here's a couple of teaser shots just so you can see the actual color.



This was three different angles in the sun light. This one is with a direct reflection of the sun into the camera.



I'm off to put the panels on the case thumb.gif
Photo bomb to follow biggrin.gif



Devastator
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Secondary Rig
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CPU
i9-7900X
Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
Case
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
CPU
Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard
Asus Maximus Extreme VI
GPU
EVGA GTX 980 ti Classified
RAM
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 500GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Cooling
EK 420 Rad + EK 280 Rad
Case
Corsair 750D
Operating System
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Acer XB271HU
Keyboard
Microsofte Natural Ergonomic 4000
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woot ... looking good.

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Don't scuff em up on assembly. Could you image the level of pissed ??!?!?!?!?!?!

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Custom Illusion Red Powder Coating Completed


WOW! These pictures certainly do not reflect just how great the powder coating came out. These guys did an amazing, freaking awesome job! I am so happy with how it came out. It's really hard to see the metal flake in the pictures, but it looks absolutely incredible in person!

Here's the first shots with just the bare case and the outer panels on. I have a red aquaero face plate too that you will see soon.



















Here I put the motherboard tray in. Again, that's just a spare motherboard for a better size perspective.





This is my favorite picture out of this batch.





A few close ups to try and show the metallic better.







I highly recommend this shop for anybody in the San Francisco Bay Area. It's called RC Refinishing. Here's a link to their web site rcrefinishing.net/



Devastator
(14 items)
Secondary Rig
(13 items)
CPU
i9-7900X
Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
Case
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
CPU
Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard
Asus Maximus Extreme VI
GPU
EVGA GTX 980 ti Classified
RAM
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 500GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Cooling
EK 420 Rad + EK 280 Rad
Case
Corsair 750D
Operating System
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Monitor
Acer XB271HU
Keyboard
Microsofte Natural Ergonomic 4000
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I really like the red and gun metal ... nice work on the color selection. I'm in two minds about mentioning the next part ... but is there something 'off' with your single solid flex bay cover on the top left?

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That looks really good. How much did they charge for it. Looks really good

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1. If you don't mind me asking, how much did the powder coating cost & Do they do little jobs as well (Like a few items, instead of entire case)? The one shop around me wants 300 dollars to do any kind of powder coating & they will only take on bigger projects like cases. *The site is not loading for me*

2. It's to late now, but Hardware Labs sell paint hangers for their rads. Also Make sure the paint you used can be heated up, some paints out their warns you that it should never go above X degree. Should check out cardinal paint too. Their spray paints come very close to look of powder painting.

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