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Painting Noctua Fans

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    Undead46 New Member

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    I have never done model painting before, so I don't exactly know where to start or how to do so. But I want to paint the frames of my 140mm and 120mm Noctua NH-D14 fans.

    I would like for them to look like this:
    [​IMG]

    This guy said he used Matte Black with Testors Spray Paint.

    Any info on where to buy paint, how much of it to buy, and any other accessories I may need?
     
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    Any matte black spray paint from the hardware store will do. Krylon makes plastic spray paint called Fusion, I recommend that. If you are able to removed the fan blades, do that before painting.
     
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    De-Das-Dude has a thread around here about taking out the fan blades then from there its easy as using normal spray techniques
     
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    dont get to close when spray painting or you will have globs of nastiness
     
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    I would also recommend using they krylon fusion it works really well just do thin coats, too heavy and it will distort the plastics surface slightly.
     
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    Think I need to use any primers or clear coats, or just use the black spray paint and good to go?
     
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    2 even coats should be fine, no worries about the primer.

    If you havn't used spray paint before, do some test runs to make sure your evenly coating and not overspraying which will cause globs and run drops.
     
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    Anybody know what the hell to do to remove fan blades?

    [​IMG]

    Got magnet out, dunno what to do next. O.O
     
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    Will this work fine on the blades too or will it unbalance them? I'm thinking about tricking out an AP15 to replace my R4.
     
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    Giving them a quick rub down with some sand paper could help the paint to stick.

    Certainly helps LOADS when spraying aluminium.
     
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    Depends on your skill as a sprayer, if your coverage is even it won;t unbalance the fan.

    I sprayed a 20cm coolermaster fan with metallic car paint ( it was the last bit in my can, I was bored) and it's had no issues with being unbalanced.
     
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    I'm honestly stumped on how to remove the damn blades, they're different from others!

    EDIT: According to a YouTube video, blades can't be removed without breaking the small bearing inside... Fail design by Noctua.. :(
    Guess I'll just have to use masking tape around all the fan blades...
     
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