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Originally Posted by Killa Cam View Post

that coat of red is amazing.
Thank you! It's really amazing in person!

Red Spray Paint Testing

I actually did most of this testing several years ago when I was trying to find the best match for the red MDPC-X sleeving. At my work we got new computers and had all the old ones stacked up, so I robbed a bunch of the rear fans out of them. I figured if I'm testing paint to paint fans with, I might as well test on actual fans. They are 80mm fans, I literally just took my thumbs and pushed the fan blades off the motor without disassembling them, that's why you'll notice a hole in the middle of some of the fans where the shaft broke off.

I bought every variation of red spray paint I could find at my local hardware store, and Amazon.

Most of these pictures were taken with a POS camera. Here we go, this one isn't even red, orange really.

Here is Cardinal Red, too dark as I suspected it would be.

Cherry Red is too dark too.

The next two were ok, but they were not specifically for plastic.

This one was actually the best color match by just a shade, however this one is harder to find, only found it online. The left fan I sprayed a clear coat over the color. Looks better without the clear coat.

These next two I actually did just a few months ago. Thought I'd try the PlastiKote brand. I had a couple of extra Gentle Typhoon fans laying around so I used those.
This one is their regular Red.

This one is the PlastiKote in Ford Red. I could hardly tell the difference between the two PlastiKote red paints. They were very close in color. Neither of these made the cut either.

The last three are all "for plastic" according to the labels. Here is the Krylon version.

Here is Rust-Oleum red made for plastic.

Save the best for last right! Here's the winner, the Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Gloss Apple Red. I think the 2x coverage claim on the label is bogus, but this is awesome paint! It requires no primer, covers very well, and it dries nice and glossy with no need for a clear coat. The only draw back to this paint is that it takes six to seven days for the paint to fully dry on plastic.

The fan painting is now in process. Shortly I will show you exactly step by step how I did it. thumb.gif

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Asus Rampage Extreme VI
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
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Intel Optane SSD 480GB
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Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
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Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
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EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
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