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I'm personally loving it the way it is. If you don't like it after you build it up, you can always sand it back down anyways.
 

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I'm personally loving it the way it is. If you don't like it after you build it up, you can always sand it back down anyways.</div>
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I'm with this. Leave it as is then just check it later once you're pretty much finished with the mods. If it's not to your liking, you can trim it down accordingly. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I'd probably chop them back until the center is nearly flush with the original panel. Less filling that way. Leave maybe 1/16" at center.
 

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damn dude.<br><br>
This is so nostalgic.<br>
Reminds me of mods made back when water-cooling wasn't commonplace and all cases where beige.<br>
You know back when thermaltake didn't exist and Antec was a big deal.<br>
With the CPU's just breaking the 1 GHz barrier.<br><br>
Mods back then where all made with stuff bought in the hardware store, homemade led chains and your imagination.<br><br>
Makes me want to do an old-school air cooled case mod <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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<b>14. Side WIndow Planning</b><br><br>
Alright, next up is planning the size and location for the side-panel window while I start work on fiberglassing the front panel. I'm interested in any feedback here.<br><br>
Here is the interior showing relative locations of the components:<br><br>
Note: These are not the final mobo/psu/drives for this system. They are old stuff that I don't care if it gets banged up from installing/uninstalling multiple times so I have something to test fit.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030812/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2030812" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030812/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 324px"></a><br><br>
And the current side panel:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030819/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2030819" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030819/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 314px"></a><br><br>
Here are a few possible variations on window size and position. Apologies for the rough look there, I just took Photoshop and erased some of the upper layer to get a feel for looks.<br><br>
Which do you think provides the best aesthetics?<br><br>
MOBO ONLY:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030814/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2030814" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030814/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 320px"></a><br><br>
MOBO AND PARTIAL CAGE:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030816/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2030816" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030816/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 330px"></a><br><br>
ALL BUT UPPER CAGE:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030817/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2030817" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030817/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 321px"></a><br><br>
FULL WINDOW:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030818/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2030818" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2030818/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 318px"></a><br><br>
I'm concerned about the last two because of structural integrity. That steel side-panel is pretty floppy. However, considering acrylic is probably more stable than the steel, having a side window might actually stiffen the panel up.<br><br>
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damn dude.<br><br>
This is so nostalgic.<br>
Reminds me of mods made back when water-cooling wasn't commonplace and all cases where beige.<br>
You know back when thermaltake didn't exist and Antec was a big deal.<br>
With the CPU's just breaking the 1 GHz barrier.<br><br>
Mods back then where all made with stuff bought in the hardware store, homemade led chains and your imagination.<br><br>
Makes me want to do an old-school air cooled case mod <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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And thank you. I tell you, this is a blast. And get this... I found a repair shop nearby that *might* provide me a nearly endless supply for tinkering.
 

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<b>15. FRONT BEZEL SCULPTING PART 1</b><br><br>
Based on advice from PurdueBoy, I opted to build up the basic bezel form with expanding foam prior to covering with fiberglass. To get the general shape I want, first I wrapped it with plastic. This would help form the shape I'm going for.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031383/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2031383" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031383/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
And as before, I screwed up again and overfilled it. Not that I used too much foam, but I put too much in at one time.<br><i><br>
Lesson Learned: Spray a bit of foam, let it expand and harden, and then repeat. Don't try to fill the entire section at once.</i><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031385/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2031385" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031385/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031384/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2031384" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031384/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Weighted it down to ensure it didn't expand into the tubes.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031386/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2031386" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2031386/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a>
 

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<b>16. FRONT BEZEL SCULPTING PART 2</b><br><br>
The expanding foam finished curing, and I carved off most of the excess.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2032196/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2032196" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2032196/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 464px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2032197/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2032197" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2032197/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 377px"></a><br><br>
The overall shape of the final product starting to show.<br><br>
I expect the foam will contract somewhat, and that's fine, since the next step is to sand this down a bit more and then begin applying a resin.<br><br>
For the resin, I'm going with Evercoat Everglass for this attempt. This was recommended by MNPCTech for its combination of strength and flexibility.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2032202/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2032202" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2032202/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 200px"></a><br><br>
EDIT: Note that many resins do not play well with many foams, and this situation may be no exception. I'm going to do a couple of test spots on some foam and see if there's any melting. If there is, I'll likely "prime" the foam with an epoxy base to seal it before applying the resin.
 

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<b>17. SO I TOLD MY WIFE I WAS GOING OUT TO DO SOME STRIPPING...</b><br><br>
She told me I wouldn't make more than $10.<br><br>
*snare-drum snap*<br><br>
So I'm sick. Sick I tell you, of that beige paint. Now, I could just scuff it up and paint over it, but where's the fun in that? Let's strip down to bare metal and reprime that baby!<br><br>
I used this stuff, purchased at my local auto parts store, and laid down some cardboard. I wore vinyl gloves, which turned out to be a mistake (more on that in a minute). I kept good air flow, but didn't use a respirator for this. It seemed pretty mild, vapor-wise.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033288/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033288" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033288/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 109px; height: 400px"></a><br><br>
Started with the top and the side panels:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033277/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033277" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033277/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
The top was a breeze. The paint bubbled up within 5 minutes of soaking in this stuff.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033278/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033278" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033278/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033281/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033281" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033281/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033282/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033282" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033282/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033280/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033280" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033280/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
The side panel, on the other hand, took about 20 minutes before the paint loosened.<br><br>
Not sure why but both side panels were much more problematic. The paint texture, now that I think about it, was different on those as well. The top was smoother and the sides had a more powder-coat feel.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033279/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033279" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033279/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033284/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033284" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033284/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
This was as clean as I could get the top and sides after a single dose of the stripper:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033285/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033285" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033285/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033286/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2033286" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2033286/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
LESSONS LEARNED:<br><br>
Wear nitrile gloves (which I switched to). In the vinyl gloves, my hands started burning about 30 minutes in, and when I took the gloves off, I could tell the material was compromised by the stripper. A bit of hand washing and I was fine.<br><br>
Let the stripper do its work. Don't rush it, that just breaks the paint into flecks which then will try to re-bond with the surface. In my defense, the top was so easy and fast, it made me impatient and set uneralistic expectations. I should have waited about 30 minutes on the side panels.
 

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Looking good. Took it the extra mile with the paint stripper.
 

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Looking good. Took it the extra mile with the paint stripper.</div>
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Thank you!<br><br>
And my wife was right. I spent several hours out there stripping and <i>not one woman</i> came by to stuff dollar bills in my belt. Not one. *shakes head sadly*
 

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That's just plain sad. Your wife didn't even come give you a pity tip...
 

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I'm sayin. <img alt="frown.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/frown.gif">
 

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<b>18. MORE FRONT BEZEL PREP</b><br><br>
So I'm ready to finish prepping the front bezel for epoxy:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034760/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034760" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034760/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 267px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034761/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034761" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034761/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 114px"></a><br><br>
Because of concerns the Everglass would dissolve the expanding foam, I opted to seal it with an epoxy first. I picked up some black epoxy spray paint from a local automotive supply store.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034752/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034752" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034752/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 82px; height: 250px"></a><br><br>
The intent is to seal the foam, rough up the epoxy, and then apply the fiberglass resin to further build up the surface.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034757/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034757" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034757/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 267px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034758/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034758" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034758/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 267px"></a><br><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034762/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034762" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034762/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 368px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034763/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034763" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034763/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 147px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034767/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034767" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034767/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 293px"></a><br><br>
After applying a few coats, I realized that I had too much "buildup" of the foam that would interfere with good feathering of the fiberglass, so I trimmed off some more of the foam to get more "room" for the fiberglass to be worked.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034768/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034768" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034768/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 267px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034769/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034769" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034769/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034771/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034771" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034771/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034772/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034772" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034772/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br><br>
Starting to see how the final shape is going to come up when I apply the fiberglass.<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034759/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2034759" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2034759/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a>
 

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I love it. Classic modding
 

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Yea keep it up man, can't wait to see how the front panel turns out!
 

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I love it. Classic modding</div>
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I love it. Classic modding</div>
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Yea keep it up man, can't wait to see how the front panel turns out!</div>
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Thank you both for the encouragement! Brian, you'll have to wait on the next bezel update. I want to let that cure for another couple days before I hit it with fiberglass filler. :) But next update is.... etching primer!
 

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<b>19. OPTIMUS ETCHIMUS PRIMING</b><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><i><b>NO<br><br>
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BEIGE!</b></i></span><br><br>
So I finished all the stripping (finally). The side panels took 3 applications in general, and one side (for an unknown reason) took a fourth because the paint instead of bubbling up in a clean layer just went chalky.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035743/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035743" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035743/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 571px"></a><br><br>
After the last application of stripper, a wipedown with mineral spirits, followed by a wash and scrubbing with a copper scrubber, I managed to get all the paint off except in some of the tighter cracks. I'm not really sure what to do about those, but man look at these babies shine! I won't be priming them just now, because I have to plan and cut windows in both later (the front side for a window, and the back side for a cable-management bumpout).<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035744/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035744" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035744/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Alright, now that I have fully exorcised the beigedemons, I can move on to priming all the pieces that have already been modified. I used self-etching primer, since the steel is now bare and appears to be galvanized.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035742/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035742" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035742/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 84px; height: 250px"></a><br><br>
This stuff is very very noxious, btw. And based on the repeated insistance by Bill Owen in the MNPCTech videos, I went out and invested in a good respirator mask and organic vapor filters. The result, I could breathe freely, and look like a serial killer while doing it! Especially with the old hook scale hanging from the ceiling:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035757/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035757" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035757/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 267px"></a><br><br>
First I tested a couple coats out on the top panel. PER INSTRUCTIONS I sanded it with 400 grit sandpaper, then wiped it down with mineral spirits before starting the first light coat. Let each coat dry a bit before applying the next.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035746/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035746" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035746/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 581px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035747/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035747" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035747/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 415px"></a><br><br>
Looks so much nicer than beige. The primer dries with a rough finish. The upper layer rubs off even after curing for a day, but the underlayers are fully bonded. Very nice. Only problem I'm having is damage to the primer where the panel was resting on the cardboard, and contamination of my work area by debris. I need a painting booth... lol.<br><br>
So on to first and second coats of everything else, each side. Oh and remember that bit of rust on the bottom panel? I sanded and grinded that off prior to priming, and the self-etching primer should take care of any bits of it that escaped my attention. Winning!<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035748/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035748" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035748/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035749/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035749" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035749/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 514px"></a><br><br>
At this point, I got tired of the issues with damage to the peices where they touched the cardboard, and crap that was sticking to the cardboard, so I bought some painters roll paper and painters pyramids:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035750/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035750" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035750/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 516px"></a><br><br>
And the final priming coats of everything. I'm going to leave this to fully cure over the weekend.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035751/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2035751" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2035751/width/700/height/1400/flags/LL" style="; width: 700px; height: 1109px"></a><br><br>
My god it looks beautiful. And NO BEIGE!<br><br><b>LESSONS LEARNED:</b><br><br>
Invest a few bucks in paper and painters pyramids on the front end. Would have saved me a bit of aggravation.<br><br>
Follow the instructions carefully on all spray primers/paints.<br><br>
If you can at all, build a small painting booth. There are hundreds of tutorials on the web using PVC/Cardboard, fans, filters, etc, but beware of fume buildup.<br><br>
ENSURE GOOD VENTILATION. I had the garage door cracked about a foot (to minimize overspray carry) with a fan blowing in at the other end of the garage. I doubt anything I did could make the atmosphere in there not noxious, but it kept the concentration below combustible concentrations, which was the key point.<br><br>
DO wear the respirator, and keep the drowning thing on. I tell you, was priming away with it, and I couldn't smell a single odor of primer. So in my head, it's not there. So I finished priming, and thought I'd do something else in the garage, and started to lift the respirator. WHHOOSSH the fumes hit me. HOLY COW that was some serious atmosphere in there. Put the mask back on and left the garage before taking it off.<br><br>
Only real oops is that I was going to cut a vent for the PSU in the bottom panel before priming. Not a huge deal really, as no one will see the raw edges once everything is in place. I may or may not opt to touch that up after cutting.
 

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Looks lots of fun! <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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Subbed - great work so far.<br><br>
I've seen these front panel mods go bad previously by using gloss paint. It shows up every imperfection. I strongly recommend a matt finish.
 
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