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    Default Fan Blades - To Paint or Not To Paint?

    I have a build that I hope to start by the end of the year using Corsair's Graphite 760T. LED fans are purple. CPU fan will be a white PH-F140HP. If I can find some, I would like to paint the blades with some kind of pearl clearcoat to provide an accent. Would the paint have an effect on the fans performance, and if so, how much?

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    Default Re: Fan Blades - To Paint or Not To Paint?

    While the paint itself might create a bit more surface tension for un-noticeably better static pressure, the biggest problem comes in when you paint it unevenly. That can throw the balance of the fan off entirely or cause it to wear out faster. All really up to you though, if you're confident in your painting skills I say go for it.

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    Default Re: Fan Blades - To Paint or Not To Paint?

    You need to keep in mind exactly how minute an amount of paint it would take to throw off the balance of the fan. Doing the painting on the 140HP's non-removable blades that evenly is going to be very, very difficult.

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    Default Re: Fan Blades - To Paint or Not To Paint?

    Unless you start and finish with several light coats I would not recommend it.
    But if you can keep the coats light with no runs and not have a heavy build up anywhere you should be fine.

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    Default Re: Fan Blades - To Paint or Not To Paint?

    Looks like I'll have to get a few "cheapies" to experiment on. Got a Fry's nearby that has what I need. Thank you all for the help and any further suggestions are always appreciated. Viman, if W. Covina is a city your familiar with, looks like we're neighbors, sort of.

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    Default Re: Fan Blades - To Paint or Not To Paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystikhol9 View Post
    Looks like I'll have to get a few "cheapies" to experiment on. Got a Fry's nearby that has what I need. Thank you all for the help and any further suggestions are always appreciated. Viman, if W. Covina is a city your familiar with, looks like we're neighbors, sort of.
    I meant to ask you were you live
    I lived in Hacienda Heights for about 40 years so very familiar with where you live
    my kids grew up in that area
    I'm living in Orange county Garden Grove off Beach blvd now.

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    Like they say, "it's a small world", I usually use W.C. as a point of reference, but clearly you know the area, so, I'm sure you know where Valinda is, been here 50 years now. So, HOWDY NEIGHBOR! hehehe, just had to say that, maybe the heat's getting to me.

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    Default Re: Fan Blades - To Paint or Not To Paint?

    I would not even try to paint fans without being proficient at spray painting.
    Using pearl is not easy.
    Load the clearcoat with as much pearl as possible so the amount of pearl builds up to give the desired effect without clearcoat thickness.

    If you only need to paint the front of the fan, I would try running the fan very slow and carefully misting the pearl onto the front side of blades only. Do it in many light coats. Don't worry about having a nice smooth / glossy finish as long as all blades get the same amount of paint in each coat.

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