This is DIY Case Mod Guide for modifying your Corsair 350 & 900D Front Air Intake Grill to help improve airflow to your Liquid or Aircooled PC system
Tools & Supplies:
Modder's Mesh, Round Sheet,Modder's Mesh
In Order of Usage
1. Ruler or Measuring Combination Square,
Empire Level E250 12-Inch Heavy Duty Professional Combination Square w/Etched Stainless Steel Blade and True BlueR Vial - Carpentry Squares - Amazon.com
*2. Pen & Black Marker,
3. Phillips Screw Driver,
Stanley 68-012 All-in-One Screwdriver - - Amazon.com
4. 3" Painter's Masking Tape,
3M Scotch 233+ Performance Green Masking 2" Wide Tape Roll
5. Safety Glasses,
6. Rotary Tool,
Amazon.com: Black & Decker RTX-6 2 Amp 3-Speed Rotary Tool with 30 Accessories and 2 Spring Clamps: Home Improvement
7. Rotary*1.5" Cutting Wheel,Dremel Cutting Discs & Wheels
8. Jigsaw Power Tool,
9. 18 TPI bi-metal Jigsaw blade,
Bosch T118EF 3" 18 TPI Bi-Metal Bosch Shank Jigsaw Blade 5 Pack - Jig Saw Blades - Amazon.com
10. Hand File,
Amazon.com: Nicholson 06601 8-Inch Handy File: Home Improvement
11. Blue Painter's Tape, 1" wide,
12. ScotchWeld DP-190,
3M Scotch-Weld DP190 Epoxy Adhesive, 1.7 fl oz Container, Translucent: Amazon.com: Home Improvement
(Optional) 3M Applicator Gun EPX Plus II and mixing tip, for ScotchWeld,
Amazon.com: 3M Scotch-Weld EPX Plus II Applicator W 2:1 and 1:1 Plunger Model 91: Home Improvement
13. Disposable Latex Rubber Glove, (for applying DP190 into mesh)*Stanley Hand Helpers Disposable Latex Gloves, Lightly Powdered, One Size Fits All - 100 Count #9010-90 - Work Gloves - Amazon.com
14. Cloth or Rag,
Paint Essentials 14-Inch x 17-Inch Terry Towels, White 24-Pack WT24 - Paint Drop Cloths - Amazon.com
15. Modeler or Xacto Knife,
Amazon.com: Xacto X3601 N0. 1 Precision Knife With Safety Cap: Home Improvement
16. Red Scotchbrite,3M Scotchbrite General Purpose Pads
17. Filtered Respirator Mask,
3M Tekk Paint Project Respirator, Medium, P95 - Papr Safety Respirators - Amazon.com
18. SEM Self Etching Primer, Black,
Amazon.com: Sem Products 39673 Self Etching Primer Blk Aero: Automotive
19. Krylon "Rust Tough" Semi-Flat Black Enamel (or Plastikote "Engine" Enamel),*]Amazon.com: Krylon RTA9203 'Rust Tough' Semi-Flat Black Rust Preventive Enamel - 12 oz. Aerosol: Home Improvement
Corsair Factory Front Bezel Plate.
Corsair gives you 3/16" gap around the plate from the factory for airflow. This modification will be huge improvement for cooling your system.
The front plate pulls off without any effort. It's removed for accessing and cleaning the Corsair 900D's three 120mm front cooling fans and filter.
You have option to remove the Four plastic mounting pegs, or leave them on throughout the entire modification process. It's your choice! The pegs are fastened on with Phillips head screws.
The best tape is 3M Scotch 233+ Green tape
3M Scotch Green 233+ masking tape is used by Automotive Paint Professionals. It's highly conformable to curved surfaces on both metal and plastic. It has good adhesion in a large range of weather conditions. It will peel off without leaving any sticky residue. Most Auto Body Supply Stores should be stocking this tape. It's also readily available online. 3M Scotch *233+ tape has a premium price compared to other tapes, but it performs the best*
The 900D front plate is made from Anodized Black aluminum. We're going to retain this factory finish.
Use Measuring Square or Ruler, to measure out 1" framed border around the Corsair's 900D plate
Put on your Safety Glasses, before using any Power Tools.
Using Rotary Tool with 1.5" Cutting Wheel, to make four incision cuts on each of the four sides. This step is necessary, before you can use the Jigsaw to remove the center.
Using Jigsaw with 18 TPI bi-metal cutting blade to remove the center of the plate you measured out.
The center section of the plate has been cut.
Using Hand File to fix and clean the jagged edges of the cut out. You'll want to remove the masking tape, so you can better view your progress with the file.
Modder's Mesh, Round,Modder's Mesh
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Measure out piece of Round Modder's Mesh to 15" LONG by 7.25" WIDE.
Use Tin Snip or Metal Cutting Shear to cut the Round Modder's Mesh
Attach the Round Modder's Mesh to backside of the front plate with Spring Loaded clamps. You can also use small C-clamps.
Apply Painter's Tape around the edge of the mesh on back on front side of the plate. This is to help prevent any ScotchWeld DP-190 epoxy from running off the Modders Mesh onto the plate.
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You'll need to wear Latex gloves, when using the ScotchWeld DP-190.*You can manually push the two cylinders of Epoxy in DP-190 Cartridge onto a piece of cardboard. Then mix the two epoxies together with a long wood nail or pop-rivet.*Otherwise*3M sells a [b]ScotchWeld Applicator Gun, for $70.00 with spiral mixing tip, for ScotchWeld
Wearing latex glove, use your finger to evenly smear the ScotchWeld DP-190 epoxy into the perforations of the Round Modder's Mesh
Use a cloth or rag, to wipe off any epoxy run-off from the sides of the plate
Wear filtered Respirator Mesh before applying any paint.
Apply paint in well ventilated area, preferably outdoors with temperature around 72F
I'm painting the backside of the mesh first, starting with coat of SEM brand self etching primer. Allow it to cure for one hour before applying Krylon "Rust Tough" "Semi-Flat" Black *paint. Allow "Rust Tough" to cure for 24 hours.
Mask off the front frame, and repeat same steps for painting the front of the plate.
After 24 hours, remove the tape.
Close up of the bezel plate.
Step back and admire your work!
You can use this technique to attach Modder's Mesh to create cooling vents in other panels.
Please share any questions or comments!