EK Vardar Fan Painting Guide Part 2
Previously when I've used this paint, after three days I figured it would be plenty dry enough to handle. As soon as I picked up the fan blades I could tell the paint was still soft, and actually left finger prints in the paint. If you read the can it says it takes six to seven days to fully dry on plastic.
So I let the paint dry on these fans for six days before even touching them.
Peel the tape off of the fan blade opening.
All the fan blades ready for the next step.
I tossed the first batch of TP rolls, using a new batch now. The rolls fit perfectly inside the fan. I've used this method on Gentle Typhoon fans too, they are smaller diameter, so just make two cuts on the end of the roll and then make a cone shape to fit inside the fan.
Back on the table and ready to paint the second side.
Again three light coats of paint.
Here you can see all the over spray on the drop cloth and plastic. Wear a mask!
I let them dry for a week this time! Take a small screw driver to poke the tape down through the holes.
Now it's easy to grab with the tweezers to pull the tape out.
Drop a plastic washer down the blade shaft.
Now the first bearing.
I am not painting the fan frames because the black works with my theme. If you want to paint the frames you'll have to mask off the fan motor and harness. The Gentle Typhoon fans are easy because you can just turn the motor counter clockwise about an eighth of a turn and the motor and harness comes right off the fan frame.
So if you want to paint the frames you'll obviously have to paint them before this step.
Drop the fan frame on top.
Drop the spring in.
Add the second bearing.
Put the second washer on.
Load the snap ring onto the pliers and set the pliers right next to the fan.
Using the tweezers, push down on the plastic washer to push the washer and bearing down.
Now take the pick tool and hold the bearing down by the outer edge of the bearing.
Set the tweezers down, pick up the pliers and slide the snap ring over the blade shaft. Make sure it catches in the groove.
Take the tweezers and squeeze the snap ring together.
Did you lose any snap rings? If so here's how to avoid buying another fan just for the clip. Go down to your local hardware store and buy some 5/32" E-clips like these. Here you can see the E-clip next to the stock snap ring.
The E-clip fits in the groove of the fan shaft perfectly.
The E-clip will not slide on sideways like it's supposed to. I used the tweezers to push the E-clip down over the blade shaft, and then it snaps in place.
At this point I power up the fans and make sure they work fine. All of mine were good to go
Next I use a 2" circle cutter to cut out some vinyl circles. The factory stickers are closer to 1 7/8" but they don't make a circle cutter in that size.
You can make custom stickers if you'd like, this is just a nice clean look.
Here's the finished product. Except for I'm going to change the sleeving.
Here's the 120mm fan.
Here is a 120mm fan next to the 140mm fan.
The other side, both fans have the same size hub.
A group shot with all the fans put back together.
Between, disassembly, prep work, painting, wait/dry time, and reassembly this was nearly a three week process.
I hope you enjoyed this guide. I enjoyed making it!