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    Default Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    Hi.

    Im doing some cosmetic improvements on my computer these days, sleeving and rebuilding the watercooling loops etc.
    And while my PC is in pieces I was thinking about Painting the shell of my radiators white.

    So I was wondering if anyone here had any advice or guides on how to proceed with this project, all from how to do it and what I need to get a good result.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    Maybe Bundy will pop in with some tips.

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    I'm not too sure if this works but off the top of my head Powder coating would probably be a good idea?

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    yes you could powder coat it since it's all metal. For spraypainting you want to sand it with 220 grit, 320 and finally 600 grit sandpaper, then prime with metal primer, wait around 4 days, hit it with a tack cloth and spray it with your choice of paint. However, I don't know if this would damage the fins or not so maybe someone here who has knowledge of that can let you know if it's safe or not.

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    I would be careful here as spray paint could inhibit cooling especially on the fins if its over done, you would plug all holes probably want to dip the rad in some really good gel or paint remover to insure (all) the old paint is removed first then prepare the new finish for a very light spray of primer then the color of choice on top

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    Powder coating the cooling fins would inhibit their ability to dissipate heat. Stick to spray paint.

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    Don't paint the fins is the proper answer the paint is very thin and allows it to cool, if you paint them it won't do the job just cut a piece of cardboard and cover them while you paint the frame of the rad.

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    I wonder how Bundy did it??



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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob2701 View Post
    I wonder how Bundy did it??


    It can be done if done correctly, and you dont pile on the paint the fins have to have a very light coat so as not to loose the ability to disapate heat the way they do, but if it were me I would leave the fins alone like steve suggested so heat disapates off them faster.

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    Default Re: Spraypainting Rads. Tips, guides, help?

    Thanks for ideas and answer, I want to keep the fins black and the frame white for a nice contrast.

    So just careful sandpaper to remove current paint, then use primer and a few layers of thin spraypaint... I can do that

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