The front is awfully plain in this case, which really is to be expected on a low end case. I do like the start button though so Iīll leave that as it is. I wonīt worry about the bays since they will be filled. But I do feel like adding some detail to it, following the rest.
Remember to set your dremel to low speed when cutting plastic, as high speed will just melt it and make a right mess of things.
The bad thing, in my oppinion about most simple cases is that the right side tends to be awfully plain and thereīs not that much you can do with aside from a nice paintjob, which wonīt be seen much in most cases since the window side is the one facing you in most cases.
Lucky then that this case has a modern chasis design and has the opening under the board, so hey, why not make a window?
I tend to use number 420 on the dremel line of discs (Heavy Duty Cut-Off Disc). And for this thin metal sheeting, itīs like slicing through butter with a hot knive. Regardless, remember not to push the dremel or youīll burn through discs.
Right so letīs see it all put togueter with all cuts cleaned up (I donīt remember the specfic term in english, but itīs a sanding wheel for the dremel, thatīs the way to go, personally I use the same cutting disc on itīs side to cut off all remnants and shave it down, and then I blunt the edges to prevent cutting).
The problem with the front mini-window is that, right behind it thereīs a pseudo dual-fan mount, which makes the window look ugly and a bit pointless, so letīs cut it.
Ok, now weīve got to sand down everything thatīs got paint in it, so in this case, all panels, as you can see the interior is bare in this case. Once done, clean it all up. I personally use distilled water, but you can use alcohol or any kind of non-corrosive cleaning product. Now wait for it to dry, specially if youīve used any kind of chemical to clean it (iīd stay away from that option, just in case).
Now that itīs prepped, itīs painting time. Remember to always use a breather, this stuff is nasty in your lungs! Not to mention a well ventilated place, but not outside as you will get crap on your fresh paint, and you donīt want that.
A couple of notes about paint types. Iīve had quite a few discussions about this in several forums with all sorts of people. Some use x product and works fine for them, others say donīt use x product because of x reason.
Personally, I use acrylic paint, which is water based, itīs dries very quickly, so you donīt have to wait hours between coats, and itīs good for sanding down between coats to get an extra smooth finish. I stay away from sinthetic and plastic paints, for several reasons which I wonīt go in to but regardless, if you want to take my advice, go for acrylic paints, be it in spray can or compressor & gun.
Right, down to it. First a coat of primer:
And now a base color as the effect I will be using (pearl) is almost transparent, so it needs a base color first, in this case, white.
And thatīs it for today, more tomorrow.
As a small spoiler, no, the case wonīt be all white, itīs simply easier doing it all in white and then painting on top as needed.