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Old December 12, 2008, 12:03 PM
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Guide to Painting your Computer Case

Now first off some of you might say that this isn't the proper way to paint a case but there are many different ways of doing it. This is the way that I have been spray painting for years and the way I was taught when I worked in an auto body repairs shop from a painter who has been painting for over 30 years. Now onto the guide.

1. Sand the case with an 80 grit (for steel surfaces) or 150 grit (for aluminum surfaces) sand paper. Another option here if you know anyone that does sand blasting take it to them, an hour long job sanding would only take 10 mins with a sand blaster.

2. After sanding spray the case down with the can of air used for cleaning the dust.

3. Use some lacquer thinner and wipe down the case with a lint free cloth (paper towel would also work)

4. Wipe down with a tack rag. If you don't have you can pick them up at CT in the paint section or Home Depot. Here is a guide on how to make your own.

5. Lay down the first coat or self etching primer; remember more light coats are better than one heavy coat. Hold your can about 6"-8" above the case and spray in a back and forth motion, remember to start and end each stroke past the piece your are priming. This is so the primer looks even and doesn't look blotchy on the ends. Also over lap each stroke about 1/2" inch. That way you get better coverage.

6. Let the primer dry for 1/2 hour or as per what the instructions on the can says before applying the next coat.

7. For the second coat follow the same instructions as in step 5.

8. Let the last coat of primer dry for an hour before applying your base coat of paint.

9. As for the paint, you can use Krylon, Tremclad, or any automotive enamel. (You can find most in the automotive section of CT) You could also be like me and if you like a particular colour on a car you can find out the paint code by going here. Then take that code and go to an Auto body supply store or even Auto Parts Extra or NAPA and they will mix the paint up for you in a aerosol. (I think the only colours they can't do are tri-coats (Pearls or Candies), but the orange I used had a pearl in the base and the mixed it up. It usually costs around $30 for this.

10. When spraying the base follow step 5, but in between coats let it dry for an hour or so or what the instructions say on the can. In between, wet sand the paint with a 800-1000 grit sand paper. Then spray off the area with the aerosol can of air and use your tack rag to wipe down the surface.

11. Apply your second coat. Just repeat step 10 until you have applied as many coats as needed. I did 3 for my case.

12. Once you finish your last coat and it has dried, take your 1000 grit sand paper and wet sand the final coat. Again spray the area and use your tact rag to get the surface clean and then apply your clear coat. You don't need to apply clear but if you want it to be durable I highly recommend it. You don't need to sand between your coats of clear. As for drying time follow the instructions on the can. I did 4 coats of the clear. The more clear you put on the shinier it will be. You can get clear coat again at CT or any auto body supply store that sells them aerosol.

Once I go to paint my next case I will put up pictures to go along with the guide.

Last edited by BALISTX; December 12, 2008 at 05:49 PM.
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