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Old January 1, 2010, 05:17 PM
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Default How do I paint this case without losing the brushed finish?

Well, I've read a few case painting guides, however most of them achieve the high glossy look... which is not what I want. I just purchased a Coolermaster Stacker stc-101 from a friend of mine for 40 bucks... and this is going to be the first case that I have ever bought myself. However I do not like the colour silver... it doesn't feel... right...

The outer shell of the case is aluminum with a brushed finish. I want to keep the brushed look, but I don't want the silver look. Do you guys have any idea how to get by this? I think adding primer would fill in these gaps... which isn't what I want, however I've heard that the paint doesn't stick well onto metal because of how paint dries up, thus we add primer...

I want this to be a DIY project.

What do you guys think? Could I just paint it black and see what happens?

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Old January 1, 2010, 06:00 PM
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I wouldn't touch it. I think paint isn't going to come out looking right. Perhaps this? Anodizing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old January 1, 2010, 07:01 PM
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Why isn't the paint going to come out looking right?

And i don't think i have any time or money or patience to anodize a big sheet of aluminum =P, but that's a cool project though.
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Old January 1, 2010, 07:35 PM
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you can't paint and have a brush effect , you have to clean, electrolyze, stain it and after boil the parts to seal the pores. you may have an other solution ; I will test it tomorrow on the left over of the hole I do today in a similar case.
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Old January 1, 2010, 07:39 PM
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I'm very interested to hear it....
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if this chemical work , it will not give a glossy finish .
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Old January 1, 2010, 07:51 PM
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Wonder if gun "bluing" chemical would work okay?
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You would need to use oven cleaner then anodize it. A. Spraypaint (or any other paint) will fill the cracks and B. Once coated (sealed, w/e) its basically a smooth finish anyways. No matter how fine the paint, with that protective layer on it will never, ever work (and it won't work without it anyways).
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Old January 4, 2010, 03:35 PM
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nvm, i decided to just paint over it... the case looks much better than compared to before =P

I didn't add primer, ... i know i know, you're suppose to... but i didn't sand down my case ... sooooo i didn't see the point...

What does primer do anyways?

i'll post pictures up later
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Primer makes sure that the paint sticks on to the metal. You should use primer before you paint your case or the paint will peel off.
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