Since testing is over its time to start on the case.
Its actually a good thing I'm modding this case because I got it used for pretty cheap. You would never get a good looking build out of this beatup case unless you paint/modify it. There are several screws missing, HDD bays missing and the front bezel was bent. I was able to fix the front bezel mostly and I ordered lots of new screws.
First thing to do is remove all of the buttons, connectors and cables.
Remove the mobo try and fans. I was going to not use the fans but I decided to make a midplate to hide them and that has cutouts for the fans. There will also be some Bitspower passthrough fittings for the tubing.
5.25" bays gone and mobo tray rails are out.
And here it is in pieces.
The first thing to do before you paint is get a nice coat of primer on the parts.
Next I started painting all the parts with the Iron base coat. This actually has iron particles in it which react with the Rust paint.
All the small bits.
And the large ones.
Next is the Rust paint. Its actually not paint. Its a chemical which looks more like blue water but you get the picture.
Just after 1 coat you can see it starting to work.
And the first coat on the 5.25" bays
It starts the reaction only after maybe 5 minutes after being applied.
Lastly I'll leave you with some of my grill plans. I have a friend who does my laser cutting and he will do up a sick CAD drawing for me and I'll share it with all of you.
I'm going to install the 50mm fan on the motherboard so I need a grill to make it look nice. Also since I am keeping the internal 180mm fans I have to keep the side panel vents. I want to dress them up some otherwise they just look funny.
His will obviously look better than what I can draw
Cheers till next time,