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Old September 30, 2009, 08:25 AM
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Well, it's about time I get started on this. All my parts are in except for some sleeving which has been ordered. This will be my first time sleeving so bear with me. I'll be starting with my Coolermaster CM690 Nvidia edition which is already stripped down and ready for a light sand and flat black paint. The original green side window will be replaced with clear plexiglass. Many thanks to bojangles for this. Thanks bud! It will be mounted with bolts and acorn nuts.

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Old September 30, 2009, 09:09 AM
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Haha no problem man. I'm glad you're making a log of this! Didn't wanna see that plastic go to waste lol. Thank god it wasn't scratched. Protective coating can be deceiving :P.

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Old September 30, 2009, 11:18 AM
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The side panel is complete. A bandsaw would have come in handy, but your dremel will do in a pinch. A reinforced cutting wheel should be used for this. This was a simple job because I was using my old side panel as a template. All I had to do was trace my pattern to the plexi and cut it out. Please wear eye protection when cutting. This can't be stressed enough.
I found a neat little aid to stick the template and plexi together for drilling the holes for the hardware. They're the little pads you see in the pic and these things work like a charm! They're called poster command strips made by 3M. When your work is done, you simply pull straight on the tab and it will strtch 6"-7" and then pop right out. Ideal for small projects and very inexpensive. Family of Products

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Are you going to paint the bolts?
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Old September 30, 2009, 12:13 PM
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I thought about it, but I'll just take my dremel buffing wheel to them. I wanted a little contrast and give it a slight "machine" look.
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sweet....looking good.
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Just an update. Due to my rotating shifts and this wet nasty weather we've been having, I haven't been able to get the inside of the case painted yet. I am starting my 5 days off tomorrow and there are a few days that look favorable. I sometimes hate living in an apartment.
I have also noticed that I have a few large scratches on one of my side panels. That means I'm now looking at a complete paint job. As soon as I start sanding the exterior plastic, I'll be comitted. I'll be using an odd paint for the exterior, so I hope I don't it up! I'm going to try to get all the painting done in one day. My sleeving arrived yesterday so I'll start tackling that tomorrow. I'll have more pics up in the next few days.

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automotive paint!

expensive but sex-looking :]
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Update:
Painting is in progress and pics will be up this evening. Instead of using flat black for the case interior, I'll be using a satin black. The exterior will be done in a textured metallic charcoal. I hope I don't mess this up.
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The painting is now complete. I wish I could have done this inside, but my 23rd floor balcony paint shop had to suffice,lol. At least the weather agreed with me today. The painting turned out better than I had hoped and I'm glad I chose the satin black finish for the case instead of flat black. The textured charcoal metallic also turned out way better than I expected. Btw, the colors you see are actually darker than what is shown here.
I used a spray can handle and I would recommend using one as it will give you way better control over your project. They are stocked at most home improvent stores and for those of you who haven't used one before, it looks like this.
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More to come. There is still fan rewiring and some sleeving which I'll be tackling later tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for looking!
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