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    Default Case Painting Questions

    So im going to start painting my case this weekend and have a few questions.Ive never painted a case before and have no idea what im doing. Ill only be painting the sides,front,top and back,ill be leaving the inside black. On to the questions
    1.Do i need to sand where ever im going to paint (Plastic and Steal)? What grit?
    2.Do i need to use a primer? How many coats? What color?
    3.What type/brand of spray paint? It need to work on steal and plastic.
    4.How many coats of paint?
    I think thats it for now if i think of anymore ill post them.If there's any more info anyone could give i would greatly appreciate it,i dont want to ruin such a gorgeous case.
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    Default Re: Case Painting Questions

    Which care you are working on?? The Switch 810

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Which care you are working on?? The Switch 810
    Yeah i guess i should have said that. Its the Switch

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    Default Re: Case Painting Questions

    There is a couple of ways to do it.
    I've had a couple of cases painted, But I've always had my buddy do it with Automotive paint since the gloss is much better with the clear coat.
    But if you don't have access to that spray paint is another way and I've done it to a few items.

    But since most of the items you are looking to paint is plastic, I would use 1000grit to do a light sanding and make sure its clean before applying primer.
    Also primer color will depending on the color you want to paint. stick to lighter color primer if you are going with a lighter color. Remember the darker color primer sometimes will make your actually color darker and require more paint to cover the surface. I always used gray to make it offset.

    make sure you also buy paint that is good to use on plastic. They have some paints available that adhere to plastic allot better.
    Coats depends on how thick you are spraying on the first time around. I always eye ball it and if it looks like its needs more then add a little more. Remember do it in light-medium coats so you don't get running paint.

    Also allow drying time between each coat. I just painted some small items I have at home like a 360m rad, and It took me 4 hours to do it since I sprayed light coats and also left it to dry for 30-45mins between each. I did about 4 coats to get it that way I liked it..

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    Default Re: Case Painting Questions

    I painted all my plastic part's on my Azza case Cherry red. I first. sanded with 1000 Grit. Then cleaned with alcohol.Then #3 coat's paint. 15 min between coat's. Then #3 coat's Clear. 15 min between coats.

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    Use like 2000 grit. Yes sand it

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    The sides of the case will be a dark blue maybe navy blue with the front, middle and back will be white,basically blue with a white stripe.
    So i found a can of spray paint we had left over from a project we did and decided to paint one of the drive bay covers and the metal insert,let me know what you think. This wont be the color its just the color i had laying around. Do you think this spray paint will work good? Pics Below
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    Quote Originally Posted by killjoyjim View Post
    I painted all my plastic part's on my Azza case Cherry red. I first. sanded with 1000 Grit. Then cleaned with alcohol.Then #3 coat's paint. 15 min between coat's. Then #3 coat's Clear. 15 min between coats.
    Whats the clear coat? Sorry i have no painting experience!
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    Use like 2000 grit. Yes sand it
    On just the plastic or both?

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    if the surface is already smooth you don't need 2000grit.. 1000grit will be good enough for the light sanding he needs.. 2000grit is for water sanding. But in his case its not needed..
    You can use 2000grit if you want to be on the safe side, but 100-grit is what I use to get the nice finished surface I always need.

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    if the surface is already smooth you don't need 2000grit.. 1000grit will be good enough for the light sanding he needs.. 2000grit is for water sanding. But in his case its not needed..
    You can use 2000grit if you want to be on the safe side, but 100-grit is what I use to get the nice finished surface I always need.
    I've got a few case panels from my old dell, I might buy both and do some testing on there and see what I like. Like I said I don't want to screw up this case,if it turns out good ill be putting my main system in it instead and ill throw the 2500k in my hafx.

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    Bill Owen of MNPCTech suggests soaking your spray can in warm water before using it to get more even coats. He has a video demonstrating the trick and awesome results but I can't find it. Maybe some else will have better luck.
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    Thanks sam,ill do some searching!

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