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No pics :( sorry to dissapoint. I know when starting a wip blog, you expect pics.

I've taken the case apart best i could, cut the holes (one for the psu wires, one for the 4pin and one for the 24 pin and then the sata cables)

I've primed the case, sanding tonight when i get home from work.

Pics to follow tonight.

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nice, looking forward to seeing it
 

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As promised













Going to do a rub down (sand it) tomorrow. didn't have time tonight
 
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holy giganto pictures batman!
 
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mmmmm primer grey speaks of so many possibilities. looking good FS
 

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Sanded the case down, removed all the extra nitty gritty stuff on the case.

2nd coat of primer is going on in the morning.

once the 2nd coat is on should i give it a light sanding and then apply the red? or should i just paint red after the primer?
 
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A light sand would give a better finish,, Also because of the dark primer your red will have a darker tone to it,, good pictures make the log, a good read
 
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sorry for the pics, next set wont be so big.
 

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2nd coat of primer went on but it shows a lot of dirt and dust in the case :banghead:

i spent over an hour last night cleaning the case to make sure this DIDN'T happen. ugh

well after this dries then its time to break out the 600 grit and sand the hoe down again! then red should come next or maybe another coat of primer.

I know, where are the pics. i just dont have any pic updates :/

Edit:

thought about it, going to wet sand the case at 1pm. let sit for 45 till 2. apply 3rd coat of primer after i wash the case.

4:30 first coat of red.
 
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i woudl also cut out the mesh from the front fan holder thingy. seems to block alot of airflow on mine
 

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i woudl also cut out the mesh from the front fan holder thingy. seems to block alot of airflow on mine
I may do that. I got a week to finish this case anyway

edit: sanded the heck out of the case, so all the nitty gritty is gone for sure. im going to double and triple check this time before i apply primer again but so far, 3 coats of primer should be perfect.
 
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ive never had this much of a problem painting.

Every time i clean the case out, and i go to take it back outside to paint, there is dust or something in the case.

maybe im painting to far away and its drying as it hits the case?
 
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are you going to wetsand the primer,, wait till it drys, use a cheese cloth to wipe away any dust, then paint
 

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I've been wet sanding after each coat just to smooth it out.

I think the "dust" is the paint drying as it hits the case. i had to spray a bit closer and that seemed to fix the majority of it. Still a few sports on the mobo tray and the bottom of the case that have to get sanded but im making progress now.

Not much of a blog without pics. but more to come very soon. i hope.

Going to let dry overnight and sand in the morning and (if its not raining) then first light coat of red
 

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next step is to sand again. ugh.

Case modding takes a long time lol
 

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about the same color as my 300 on the inside :slap:
 

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sorry I just got here.....You need to use Lacquer paint for this...
The weather is way too hot to paint with regular spray can enamel.

(lacquer paint dries REALLY fast and will leave no gloss...but because it dries so fast you can easily sand between coats (with 600-1000). Than a nice wet coat of an enamel Clear and "voila" bad ass....
With enamel and warm weather its impossible to get a large surface to be even and glossy


RED FTW!!!!!
 

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now you tell me. lol

well, its for my girlfriends grandparents.

so i dont really care that much lols.

plus, if this was mine, i would have removed the top and bottoms with the rivets
 

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when painting pro, like on cars you can use different reducers with the paint to make it take longer/less to dry.
Spray cans have a very basic reducer and like to be painted in 60-70F. You put on a wet coat and it has a chance to flow and make an even surface.

but when its warm the paint almost dries before it hits and never gets a chance to flow so there will be a bunch of unevenness...

So far it looks like you did a pretty good job, just next time it will be a lot easier to use Lacquer.
 

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yeah, if i do another case like this, i'll be sure to get some lacquer paint
 
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when painting with a can,, lacquer & acrylic are easier to work with.
 

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im using this


After this is all done do i need to clear coat this? if so with what?
 
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Video Card(s) 2xMSI 8800GT"s SLI
Storage <<HDD For OS>> 2x150GB_Western Digital Raptor_Raid 0. <<HDD For Storage>> 3 x 1TB
Display(s) ACER B273HU 27" LCD 2048x1152
Case Apex SuperCase_Custom 7 month Build
Audio Device(s) Striker Extreme Add-In Card HD-Audio
Power Supply EnerMax INFINITI 720watt
Software SE7VEN ULTIMATE 64bit
Benchmark Scores 3DMark01=NTTA, 3Dmark06=NTTA 3Dmark_Vantage=NTTA, Core Temp v0.99.5=28C
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Rust-oleum make a clear coat, that you can use after the red, I've had bad luck with that paint,, make sure not to apply it too thick from one coat to another. from you pictures it looks good so far.