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i will make custom feet on the lathe :p
hehe

and i got some screws today for the window fixing.
will need to cut them short.

 

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Fan holes cut in acrylic sheet




Fan holes match outline on the sidepanel




transparency and scratch resistance test of the acrylic.
left one was exposed from cover and then filed on. the right one wasnt exposed until complete.




mmmm pretty




screws bought for attaching the acrylic to the side panel. i may use sticky tape method too.
but since the over lap area is small, this might be better.



protip: while cutting along the lines. i found it easier to keep the line between the blade and my eyesight in such a way that, the blade is always in the cut out portion.
this way, the line is visible at all times, and there is a small margin for error as well.
 
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Nice Das, I dig it.
Keep it up. ^^
 

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so, i drilled some holes for the nut bolts and it fits


yay, first times a charm, but hmmm.. bolts are a little too long.



dremel to the rescue!



thats it today.
 
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Hey question for you? Could you have used the screws that hold fans for the window?
 

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no. those usually get into tapped holes. this acrylic is hard, so it likes to crack easily.
i couldnt even use a power drill. i had to hand drill the holes.

see... crack!
 
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what drill and bit was you using?

if you have a metal drill bit or something sharp, and the drill has decent RPM/speed it shouldnt crack.

i can drill holes all day long with my cordless makita or bosch, dont put it on hammer lol
 

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i use a rotary tool :p
min 10000rpm. was deforming too much during drilling :p dad has a heavy duty concrete one, but it those hammer drill types.
 

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I used a slow speed to drill acrylic, slow speed less heat/melting, seems to work ok.

Nice work Das, can't wait to see the finished result.
 

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yes only painting is left. paint n primer acquired, need some turpine oil for cleaning and stuff. need to dress up the sidepanel a bit with putty. strip other gunk off etc.

i used a hand drill, but its ok, takes a minute to go through 2mm plastic XD
 

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painting my nuts....





yes i AM serious

 

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tried painting the plasticky bits.
paint was fine, i prepped with fine sanding then with acetone + micro fibre cloth to clean it.

but in the morning i see fine specs of dust have settled on it :( i am disappoint. i even made a small overhead newspaper tent to keep the dust off. any suggestions?

originally


now


front I/O

 
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a box with fan with dust filter to push air in box. possitive pressure in box wont let dust to get in. good insulation of box openings will be + (slef-adhesive tape).
before you start drilling clamp wooden block just under the drilling piont. this way acryl wont deform from your pushing force.
other possibility is to use mill instead of drill
 
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primed and first coat done and dried. took 4hrs to dry lol


closeup.


second coat done and let to dry
 
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Its turning out pretty good. You should definitely invest in a HVLP gun. Not sure how pricey an air compressor is in India but the HVLP gun isn't too expensive here (US). This would get you a much quicker and more consistent result, though the brushed on paint looks pretty good in those photos.
 

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i have a compressor plus gun kit, but the motor is crapped (gunked up with roach goo). couldnt get any rattle cans either. plus this paint was really cheap. 30inr for 100ml thats like 50cents :D

EDIT: second coat dried.


need to touch up some stuff that i couldnt reach with the 1" brush.


also painted some screws white to go with the black drive cage and black motherboard pcb.
 
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i hate the masking tape thats available here, rips the paint apart :(


 
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Paint application looks poor IMO
 

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its brush paint. and not yet completely painted. the overrun on red u see is primer. red primer.
 
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its brush paint. and not yet completely painted. the overrun on red u see is primer. red primer.
Brush marks will transfer on final product.
 

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Brush marks will transfer on final product.
and hence the result. i dont mind the brush marks. i can get rid of the brush marks. by sanding it with 320grit before applying a thin final layer. but if you look at the mod name you will get my point :p plus this is a non funded project. not really bothered :p

cant even use the masking tape to get clean lines. the adhesive and paper is soaking up the paint :( i just touched up some of the white. may need to do a final layer on the white.

never been good at painting before :p :roll::roll:
 
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Try thinning the paint or using a roller or sponge when possible.
 

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i used a roller. it made bubbles. same with sponge XD/

the paint is really thin in the last coat!

as you can see, the white has no brush marks :)


the black is in its first coat still!
 

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still a lot of patch work to be done. apparently my country does not have tack cloth :(
 
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She's coming along das.dude! Can i add some input? To prevent acrylic from cracking, place a piece of sacrificial wood underneath when cutting/drilling. Have you ever gave any thought to dipping the chasis parts inplace of brushing them? You would have to disassemble the case frame though if going with multi colours, but you would'nt have the brush strokes to deal with after ;) For masking tape, you need to try and find the green stuff

Keep it up bro! :pimp: