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Snafu
02-11-2006, 08:35 AM
Well I decided to give case modding a try. Here is the case that I am working on. It was a freebie - so no harm no foul. It is a fairly bland mid-tower beige box. I am planning to paint the case, add some LEDs, light strips, lights, a window and some decent fans to this case.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1880.JPG
http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1881.JPG
http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1882.JPG

Since I want to paint not just the inside but the outside as well I tore the case apart and drilled out the rivets holding all the pieces together. I also took this time to open up some of the grills for better air flow but not all the way so little fingers could get inside.

The choice of paint was tough. I wanted something that would really jump out at you but nothing like the current case colours. I found some auto paint that has the appearance of anodised metals. They are like a clear lacquer and very vivid. The colour choices were red, blue, yellow and purple (at least these were the colours on the shelf - more may be available). Since I have seen red, blue and yellow cases I decided to go with purple as the main colour.

I did a little bit of testing on some other trash pieces to determine how well the paint would adhere to plastic and to painted as well as galvanised metals. The paint seems to adhere very well but it looks far better when the primer coat (metallic silver) is applied. So I chose to use teh primer coat with the lacquer oversprayed.

One downside is that the paint is fairly thin. If it is sprayed on too lightly the surface would be mottled. Too think and there were ugly runs. Getting the right amount on the piece is challenging. Even with the right amount the paint tends to gravitate to the edges (thicker) and not so well right at the corners. The only way to gain an even coat was to apply many layers (about five). However, the upside to this is that the coat looks very deep and dark. Very nice. The number of layers will allow wet sanding and polishing if I decide to take this appraoch.

Another downside to this paint is that each successive layer MUST be sprayed on within the hour or you have to wait for it to cure for five days before applying another coat. I challenged this and applied a second coat on a test piece that had dried overnight. Sure enough the solvent in the paint lifted the previous coats. So the moral of the story is don't start painting unless you can finish it in one go. Plan to set aside the time to paint the layers. With a primer coat and five colour coats I planned for at least six hours.

Okay so that's it for now. Next up will be pics of the primer coat and colour coats.

Killer Munkey
02-11-2006, 09:28 AM
Looking forward to pictures snafu :thumb:

5-Clicks
02-11-2006, 09:33 AM
Indeed! :thumbs:

govy
02-11-2006, 09:35 AM
the BE pimp my case............

DaveT
02-11-2006, 10:12 AM
lol the BE super pimp case

joeMan
02-11-2006, 10:22 AM
This is going to be cool...

DaveT
02-11-2006, 10:24 AM
i agree with joe ,cant wait for pics

Snafu
02-11-2006, 10:56 AM
Well I hope I can live up to the expectations.

A small set-back. Actually two. First my wife took the camera to go to a birthday party. Any pics of test pieces will have to wait til much later tonight. Also I started painting the front panel and with no camera I can't takes pics of the stages. However, I will take pics of other pieces as layers are painted.

The second set back is that a nozzle on one of the spray cans decided to commit hari kari and fell off. I tried to use it but most of the paint would spray sideways and there were a lot of drips. Well this can is going back.

I had better luck with can #2 but ran out of paint before I could apply coats 4 and 5 <crap>. So I need to head to the store and pick up some more paint. Not bad but considering you need to apply coats within an hour or wait five days it looks like the other coats won't be applied until next weekend.

Oh well, I have the entire frame as well as the tops and sides that need the primer and maybe I will go with a blue interior instead of all purple.

Cheers

Snafu
02-11-2006, 02:34 PM
Did a little priming with other pieces (which will have to wait a week until it cures since I missed the 1 hour window)

Doesn't look all that different from the run of the mill stamped pieces. Maybe I can post a better shot of a primed piece later.

Snafu
02-11-2006, 02:38 PM
One thing I noticed is that it is really hard to get a good shot of the effect with this paint. I think I might have to pull out some proper lighting to illustrate the coolness of this colour.

Anyways this is the front piece that has been primed and coated with 3 layers of the lacquer. It needs at least two more coats that will darken it a bit more. I ran out of paint before I could finish the job and what you can't tell by this pic is that the sides need more pant as the base coat is showing through too much.

Once all this painting is done I think I might try my hand at wet polishing the case for that glassy look. I might need to add a few more coats. I wonder how many coats car painters do before they wet sand. Anyone know?

Killer Munkey
02-11-2006, 04:20 PM
Nice colorl snafu!

DaveT
02-11-2006, 06:24 PM
way ta go

joeMan
02-11-2006, 06:53 PM
Sweet.

govy
02-11-2006, 07:16 PM
purple..........thats what I did my daughters computer in, well like 3 different shades of it, i'll try to post pix tommorow (its a dell..........and I didn't paint the inside.) took the monitor apart even to do that also, it came out cool, she loves it (my wife wants a blue one now..................women..........)

Sir Golitech
02-11-2006, 07:36 PM
Looking good Snafu. If your interested I did a case mod to my old PC which is now my sons. I call it the Spider-Man case. Alot people say the paint job is better than a car paint job. A word of advice, HOURS lots and lots of hours to achieve the mirror finish and yes I do use a polishing compound every so often to bring back that lusterios mirror finish.

This is a brief write up I did on it. http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=347442

I'm also working on my new case mod which I call The Hulk, I'll have to find the pics.

g/l and happy modin'
Goli

EDIT: I found the first stages of The Hulk case, enjoy

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/Golitech/The%20HULK/000_0552.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/Golitech/The%20HULK/000_0553.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/Golitech/The%20HULK/000_0555.jpg

5-Clicks
02-11-2006, 08:26 PM
Lookin good, you guys! That's a nice color of purple, Snafu :thumb: Me likey

Snafu
02-11-2006, 10:37 PM
I haveThanks for the advice and pics of the spidy case.

I have a mahogany table here that I refinished. Aside from the wood being stained it has about 12 layers of stained finish plus another 12 layers of clear finish. The last 12 layers were wet-sanded between coats. Then a final clear spray coat was added. The look is so deep and rich it's amazing and mirror smooth. It took a lot of time but there isn't another refinish piece of furniture in this house that is anywhere near the quality of this one.

With this case I sanded it down before painting so it is smooth in itself but I suspect I will wet sand it before applying the last few coats. If I can't the dust off then I will wet-sand teh final coat and try a clear coat over top and use wet-sanding, polishing compound and wax.

I have added about 5 layers on teh 5.25" covers already and gave one piece a quick wet sand. It looks good and shiny.

Cheers

Sir Golitech
02-11-2006, 11:11 PM
Awwwwww yes, that's what I like to hear. Funny you mention the table, I to have also a mahogany/pine chess table that my PC sits upon. I crafted this beauty back in high school, and layers?. Oh sh!t yeah, layers. Stained with age to, but still a beauty.

This is just great, now I'm looking at it and thinkning it's looking a little neglected. Well I better get busy.

Thanks for the promt to Snafu

Snafu
02-11-2006, 11:25 PM
NP Sir :thumb:

Now don't mention it too loud around here or Mrs. Snafu will be after me to finish the other pieces lying around here. I think there are at least 4 pieces that need refinishing including an antigue Cherry dining table. Hmmm, I wonder what the table would look like if I used the anodised purple on it :scratch:

BTW the paint I am using is Dupli-colour Metalcast. I hope it is available down south.

DaveT
02-11-2006, 11:52 PM
I kinda miss wood working stuff...but i prefer metal and silicon lol

Snafu
02-13-2006, 01:49 PM
Did a little painting. I decided that I would use the blue for the interior/frame pieces. Here is a pic of the mobo tray (still need to paint the front, rear and bottom frame pieces).

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1908.JPG

I still need to pic up some more purple paint so I decided to give the mouse a shot of colour. Here are pics of the mouse disassembled and with a shot of the primer:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1905.JPG

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1906.JPG

Pics of the mouse body with one coat of blue

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1909.JPG

And the buttons with two coats of yellow (turns out better when it dries)

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1910.JPG

I was in a rush to see how well it fit together and looked. So here is a shot of the rough assembled mouse after two coats:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1911.JPG

BTW it is best to let the paint cure for a couple of days rather than a couple of hours before attempting to assemble the pieces. They are dry enough to pick-up but the paint is not cured enough to apply any pressure. Luckily my fingerprints are not too noticeable and hopefully will buff out.

Haven't decided if I want to keep the mouse blue or if I should add a couple layers of purple over top on the blue.

DaveT
02-13-2006, 02:01 PM
pimpalicous:beer:

RotorHead
02-13-2006, 02:40 PM
Good stuff Snafu....:rock:

I need to get off my booty and finish up my case. :bonk:

Snafu
02-13-2006, 04:01 PM
Thanks guys.

Just send your cases my way. I can do it for a modest fee :D

DaveT
02-13-2006, 04:02 PM
I might hafta do that

Snafu
02-14-2006, 05:36 AM
:lol:

Let me know so I can add you to the schedule

:lol:

joeMan
02-14-2006, 06:47 AM
Nice man, loooking gooood.

Snafu
02-14-2006, 10:25 AM
Thanks joe :thumb:

Just picked up nearly a dozen cans of paint including a red and a wrinkled black. What I am going to do with these extra colours I am not sure but thought they would be very nice additions in case I get the urge to try them out :lol:

So far I have used 1.5 cans of purple, nearly a full can of blue and primer. I still need to paint the top (purple), drive brackets (blue) add a couple of purple coats to the mouse then prime and paint the sides (purple), front frame, bottom frame and rear frame (frame all in blue).

Of course I am now getting ideas for the keyboard and monitor :bonk: I am going to be soooo dead when the wife finds out I have to delay her system a week or two. However, once done she can always use this system until I sort hers out and get it built (and I am itching to paint it too - well at least the dull grey inside metal :lol: ).

Cheers

Snafu
02-16-2006, 09:39 PM
I was able to find some time and do a little painting. I figured I better finish the frame pieces (in blue) before painting anything else so it can be assembled and the hardware installed.

Here are two shots of the front frame with the drive brackets installed. I gave the frame only two coats of blue for more sparkle. Tomorrow (hopefully) I will paint the rest of the frame so it can be assembled.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1917.JPG

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1918.JPG

I want to try painting with a charge (forget what its called). Its a process where the piece you are painting is hooked to the ground and the paint is hooked up to the positive. It is suppose to help get more paint to stick to the piece. Just not sure which voltage to use. I am using an old PSU to power the fan in the spray box. So I could hook it to the +12v or +5v. My only concern is possible sparks igniting the paint. Oh well, I better have the fire extinguisher handy when I try it :lol:

Time to start figuring out a shape for the window and to lay out the lights.

DaveT
02-16-2006, 10:36 PM
I want to try painting with a charge (forget what its called). Its a process where the piece you are painting is hooked to the ground and the paint is hooked up to the positive. It is suppose to help get more paint to stick to the piece. Just not sure which voltage to use. I am using an old PSU to power the fan in the spray box. So I could hook it to the +12v or +5v. My only concern is possible sparks igniting the paint. Oh well, I better have the fire extinguisher handy when I try it :lol:

Time to start figuring out a shape for the window and to lay out the lights.
thats powder coating.....good stuff

Snafu
02-17-2006, 11:07 AM
Is that it? I thought it was something else :lol:

Maybe tonight I will give it a go. If I don't post for a few days then you know the experiemtn didn't work.

Snafu
02-17-2006, 06:31 PM
I spent most of the afternoon doing some more playing (as the wife puts it :rolleyes: ).

Here's a shot of the side panel that I cut an opening for a window. It's not perfect cause I drew it freestyle. The dremel helped clean up the curves. Note to self: don't use a wood hole saw :bonk:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1923.JPG

Next will be a layer of base then layers of purple with wet sanding. I am going to use rivets to hold the plexiglas in place but not paint them for added effect.

I finished paint the back/bottom of the case in the blue and was able to assemble them together. Here are shots of the front, back and mobo tray.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1924.JPG

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1925.JPG

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1926.JPG

I thought it would be a cool effect to paint the back plate a different colour.

I had a little more time to paint the front of the floppy and cd drives. I thought a different colour for the buttons would be cool. Here is a pic of the CD cover:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1927.JPG

I am far enough that I can start assembling the hardware inside the case. However, I better figure out what lighting I an going to use and where it is going to go before I get ahead of myself.

Cheers

Snafu
02-17-2006, 08:55 PM
Had the itch so I started putting the pieces together. I only had ribbon cables to use so it's a bit ugly (time to order some UV rounded cables).

Next step...finish painting the exterior panels, figure out where to put the lighting and find something to cover the ugly PSU label.

Cheers

RotorHead
02-17-2006, 09:10 PM
Paint the PSU cover. :D :thumb:

joeMan
02-17-2006, 09:28 PM
sa-weeet...looks really cool so far. Glad you made it home this morning to continue the project...:yikes:

DaveT
02-17-2006, 10:53 PM
very nice work sanfu

Snafu
02-18-2006, 06:36 AM
Thanks guys. On the home stretch now.


Paint the PSU cover. :D :thumb:
I was thinking of painting the whole PSU but didn't want to get any paint on the insides and didn't want to take it apart.

DaveT
02-18-2006, 11:47 AM
ehh that can be a job for another day:thumb:

Snafu
02-19-2006, 06:19 AM
:lol: Usually the "other day" doesn't arrive.

Playing around with lighting at the moment and soldering up some LEDs that I hope will be cool. Not impressed with a "purple" cold cathode I picked up (more white than anything). So I might use a few more LEDs for fun.

Cheers

Snafu
02-19-2006, 07:02 PM
Well here are the lighting mods to the front case. There are 5 blue LEDs that will shine into a grey window area at the front of the case (see first post of unmodded case).

Here is a pic of the front cover from the back. I drilled holes into the panel for the 5mm LEDs. SInce the lights wouldn't line up properly and sat too deep into the holes I made some "tubes" (for lack of a better word) and epoxied them in place. These will allow the lights to be aligned and recess them a bit for a better effect.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1930.JPG

Here is a shot of the LEDs all soldered up and ready to be installed. I burnt out one LED cause I soldered way too close (and don't have a proper gun to use). I just have to solder on a proper connection and its good to go.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1931.JPG

I will post some pics of it working when I finish painting the front panel and figured out some other lights. For example the "purple" cold cathode light that is way too white - I am going to add a coat of purple lacquer to it and see how it goes. I like the LEDs so much that I want to put a couple more inside the case but need to see if the painted cold cathose light turns out or not. Also need some rounded cables and such to bling up the insides.

Sir Golitech
02-20-2006, 04:17 PM
:thumb: Keepin' comin'

Snafu
02-20-2006, 05:35 PM
Will do ;)

Front case panel is painted along with two of the bay covers. Working on the third which decided it wanted to peel for some strange reason. So its sanding with 400 then 1500 dry and paint. Have to wait a week before applying another coat or two.

Started painting the side windowed panel will be another week or so before it is done. Time for wet sanding then a few more coats.

I added some coats on the cold cathose light. It now gives off a nice purple light.

The PSU and other wiring was bugging me and I didn't have any sleeves around. So I ended up twisting them so they look a lot neater. The cheapest way I know to make the wiring look decent.

Will have to take some more pics and post them up for folks to have a look see.

So far 3 cans of purple, 2 cans of blue and 1 can of primer have made thier way to the trash can. Need to pick up some more purple (I hope 3 more cans of purple will do it :lol: )

Sir Golitech
02-20-2006, 07:24 PM
Front case panel is painted along with two of the bay covers. Working on the third which decided it wanted to peel for some strange reason.

I know what you mean, my window side panel decided to do the same thing. Well mine rather wrinkled as it lifted from the surface, so I decided to make good of it and use the fact that this is a HULK case, and turn the wrinkles into vians. You know like when The Hulk gets pi$$ed. I still have to touch them up so they'll stick out a little more.


I added some coats on the cold cathose light. It now gives off a nice purple light.

:thumb:


So far 3 cans of purple, 2 cans of blue and 1 can of primer have made thier way to the trash can. Need to pick up some more purple (I hope 3 more cans of purple will do it :lol: )

LOL, yeah I used 4 cans black 2 green 1 primer. Awwww case modin'/paintin', got to love it.
All the power to you Sanfu. My wife called it playing to, but they just don't understand do they?

Snafu
02-21-2006, 04:48 AM
Nope they don't understand at all but she tolerates it as long as she doesn't smell any fumes.

Rukee
02-21-2006, 06:45 AM
How did I miss this thread??:scratch:
Nice work Snafu, I like the mouse too....but you really need to do something with that power supply, I could see a nice shiny OCZ unit in there. ;)

Killer Munkey
02-21-2006, 07:57 AM
I like the mirror like coat on the case snafu, you can see a nice reflection of the mobo and g card on the bottom of the case in your picture.:thumb:

Snafu
02-21-2006, 08:26 AM
How did I miss this thread??:scratch:
Nice work Snafu, I like the mouse too....but you really need to do something with that power supply, I could see a nice shiny OCZ unit in there. ;)
LOL - and here I thought maybe with the lack of responses I was boring people to tears with this thread - LOL

I know what you mean about teh PSU. I couldn't justify buying a third OCZ unit just for this PIII system. The old PSU has 12A on the 12v rail and is working well. I did use the 520w PSU while setting up this system on my test bench - I must say it does looked sweet!

I might have pooched the mobo header for the case fan. I was measuring the voltage at this header to see where the pins needed to be and I slipped crossing ground with +12v and a small sprak. It was reading 12.16v before the slip but now reads just over 4v (CRAP!!!). Now if I can't reset it I will have to find another place to hook up the front case fan - I wanted to add this fan so that some cool air reaches the sink on the 9200se which has a passive cooling.

@joeMan - thanks for the heat sink for the gpe but I realised that I had 2 Zalman NB coolers lying around and they fit the gpu so I choose the nice shiny gold sink for it (the blue sink is a little too tall)

The PSU looks okay from the back but the side with teh yellow sticker looks terrible. I will probably remove the sticker and might try polishing it to mirror finish for something different (I did this to my snowmobile case last year and it looks great). If this doesn't turn out then I can always paint the side of the PSU without worrying about spray getting inside.

Cheers all for input and encouragement

Snafu
02-21-2006, 08:34 AM
I like the mirror like coat on the case snafu, you can see a nice reflection of the mobo and g card on the bottom of the case in your picture.:thumb:
Thanks :thumb:

Sadly I am struggling with dust particles. The frame has some dust stuck to it but because it is only the insides and not very noticable I left it as is.

The outside pieces are a different story. I have about 12 coats on the front panel with 3 wet sands (1500 grit) in between the last few coats. It does look stunning but it too has some minor imperfections (plus I am very picky). I would wet sand and polish but it is still not as shiny as a spotless final coat.

BTW I forgot to mention that the pieces that hold the LED's on the front cover were made from a drinking straw over a drill bit (same size as LED) and then two layers of shrink tubing over them both. This could then be pulled off the bit when cool and cut to fit. The straw was added only to keep the shrink tubing from sticking to the bit. These were then epoxied in place.

Cheers to all for your input and encouragement :thumb:

allthatwhichis
02-21-2006, 08:56 AM
:yikes:

When you're done would you paint my car:?: I'll take the purple. :thumbs:

Snafu
02-21-2006, 06:21 PM
A car with a bunch of spray cans? :yikes: I may paint a part or two but that's about it :lol: Mind you I am thinking I should get my old truck painted in this purple.

Here's a pic of the front panel roughly assembled. It looks like the FDD and ODD panels need a few more coats. Can't add any more coats as the door on teh ODD doesn't want to close too easily (some interference with the layers of paint). Luckily this is only really noticable in bright light.

Live and learn

Sir Golitech
02-21-2006, 06:39 PM
It's a shame hey Snafu, that some pictures really don't do justice for what it looks like in person. With all that you have done(coat central), you just wish you could take that perfect photo for everyone to see the case in all it's glory.

Keep up the great work. :thumb:

Snafu
02-21-2006, 07:31 PM
Thanks Mate :thumb:

One sunny day I will try to take a pic without a flash. Should help a bit.

First I need to finish this case so I can work on the next system - I am hopin that I will decide not to paint so much :lol: (maybe just a bit but not the whole thing - yet)

Cheers

Snafu
02-25-2006, 06:12 AM
Tried applying voltage (powder coating) when painting. Ground on the piece and +ve on the can. 5v did nothing and neither did 12v :irk: I was so hoping this would help more of the paint stick to the piece.

Picked up some stuff so the wiring inside didn't look so ugly. Blue UV reactive wraps and Silver UV reactive rounded cables for the drives. It looks a lot better (I should post a pic sometime today).

Cheers and thanks for following :thumb:

Snafu
02-25-2006, 08:25 AM
Here's a gut shot with the innards exposed.

I picked up a bunch of anodised thumbscrews. Looks pretty good so far.

Can't paint much today unless the wind dies down :irk: Good news though is we had 6" of snow last night and more coming today from squalls :D vroom, vroom

Snafu
02-25-2006, 08:35 AM
Another gut shot.

The 12" cold cathode that was suppose to be purple but it looked more white and basically sucked hugely! I coated with 2-3 layers of the clear purple lacquer. It now gives off an awesome purple colour that will hopefully last. I need to test it out with the case assembled and can add more coats if needed.

I also have a 4" UV cold cathose that I will use as well. Placement will either be under the top case between PSU and ODD (maybe add a mirror to reflect more light) or underneath the CD. Really need to test it out for the best effect.

I have a second 4" UV light but I really do not want to add it as well cause then I need to include another transform for it (and I am not keen on doing this). However, I do have 10 UV LED's I can make up and highlight low light areas :D

Really would like to get some UV reactive paint. Can't remember which retailler up here was carrying it :scratch:

I also removed the sticker on the PSU and scribbled all the info to the top of the PSU for later reference should I reuse the PSU.

Cheers and thanks for following.

Any questions just post away.

Snafu
02-27-2006, 01:48 PM
Well it's not as ugly looking now.

I removed the yellow spec sticker and buffed up the side of the PSU. First using 400, 800, 1500 and 2000 grit wet paper (with a touch of dish soap). Once the sanding was complete I used a buffing pad and Mother's scratch remover and then pure carnuba wax to get the finished results seen here.

Still more painting to come but I might experient with the sanding and polishing to see if I can do a decent job with a painted surface.

Cheers

Sir Golitech
02-27-2006, 02:58 PM
Still more painting to come but I might experient with the sanding and polishing to see if I can do a decent job with a painted surface.

DECENT :eek:, dude that's freakin awsome. If I were the paint on your case, I'd be screamin for a sand and polish job to. Your a man of my taste in methods, although I use Meguiars products instead of Mother's.

Paint:
"Yo Snafu, over here man. Come on do me like you did the PSU, You know I'm good for it"

PSU:
"Don't listen to him Snafu. Look at me now, You know you want to finish me in a clear coat"

PAINT:
"Ahhh come on lets all get along here, after all we're in the same boat together. Beside Snafu buddy, think of all that time you've spent on me so far. Don't want it to go to a waste no do ya?"

:coocoo: :scratch: :coocoo: lol
Really that is coming along great. Keep her going man.
:thumbs: :thumb:

Snafu
02-27-2006, 03:43 PM
Appreciate the great words Sir G :bow:

I tested my polish method on a test pieces. Frankly I aint good enough or I am too picky. The PSU looks better than in reality. It is not a mirror finish. Close but no quite perfect for me (maybe this is why I am not doing body work for a living - I'd never be happy with my work :lol: ).

I will still wet sand the case until it is smooth but I am hoping to get a good clean clear coat on top for that glass look.

Again thanks Sir G.

Sir Golitech
02-27-2006, 03:53 PM
You know I just thought of something..."ouch, that hurt" :beat:
Why not see if you can get some mirror and cut pieces to fit around it, although it would be tuff to cut the vent holes. Maybe just mirror the sides that don't have any vent holes. I don't know just a thought.

fish001
02-27-2006, 04:08 PM
I wonder how many coats car painters do before they wet sand. Anyone know?
As for me usually after every coat with 600 to 1000 grit.
This might helphttp://www.mobileworks.com/wet_sanding.html
Looks good so far!:thumbs:

Snafu
02-27-2006, 06:13 PM
@Sir G. could do but the PSU actually does not look too bad, just not mirror quality. We'll see once the side panel is complete.

@fish - each coat? Wow. I think I am taking a short cut :lol:

Thanks for the linkage. I will have to give that a read :thumb:

Sometimes between coats and after most of the solvents have evaporated, I have tossed the piece into the dryer using the shoe rack and at a low setting (still pretty warm). Dries it fairly well and I am sure I could bake the coating on if I turned the dryer up to full. Downside to watch out for is lint. Need to be sure the piece is not sticky or the lints will stick on pretty good.

Now no one say a word to Mrs.Snafu about the dryer. I want to wake up in the morning ;)

Sir Golitech
02-27-2006, 06:55 PM
Now no one say a word to Mrs.Snafu about the dryer. I want to wake up in the morning ;)

And so do we.
HTTPWROFLOL :rotflmao:

Snafu
02-27-2006, 07:16 PM
Thanks ;)

I wished I had an old overn I could bake the finish on. What is interesting with the dryer is the way it seems to shine up the piece. I put the top piece in sanded down with 800 grit. A nice dull finish. I pulled it out of the dryer (nearly untouchable) and the finish pick up a shine. Maybe I am melting the paint a bit?

Sir Golitech
02-27-2006, 07:26 PM
Na, it's probably the fabric softener that Mrs. Snafu uses. ;)

Snafu
02-27-2006, 07:36 PM
:rotflmao:

fish001
02-27-2006, 07:48 PM
Thanks ;)

I wished I had an old overn I could bake the finish on.

Paint drying can be greatly hastened with heat guns or heat lamps.:fire: Caution:fire:
I even used a hairdryer once.:thumb:

dr_hardware
02-27-2006, 07:54 PM
F***** great work 'til now Snafu :D
Well done man :beer:

Keep it coming

P.S. BTW I feel like you're gonna paint your PSU aswell ( by the end of your project :D )

Sir Golitech
02-27-2006, 08:46 PM
Here Snafu, these are the viens I was telling you about. You got me inspired to emphysize them more.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/Golitech/The%20HULK/000_14791.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/Golitech/The%20HULK/000_14771.jpg

Snafu
02-28-2006, 04:32 AM
Sir G. those are very cool. It looks like a crackle finish. It is a cool effect even if it isn't intentional :thumb:

This paint doesn't really do the same effect. It actually starts to wrinkle if you don't follow the directions (paint next coat within an hour or wait 5 days).

The clothes dryer works pretty good. You need to be careful though. It can heat the piece up really hot.


F***** great work 'til now Snafu :D
'til now? What doncha like? The PSU? :lol:

Who knows what will happen with the PSU. I am itching to get this thing together so I can start working on the next case (for my wife - she's been buggin for me to put a a system together for her).

Sir Golitech
03-03-2006, 08:59 AM
PICS, PICS, we want more pics. Come on Snafu, don't leave us hanging like this.

Snafu
03-09-2006, 07:43 PM
Missed your post - must have been napping.

Well the progress or the lack of it has set in. Not because I aint trying. During the final coats on two panels the paint lifted (crap!). So I had to strip the two panels and while I was at it I decided to redo one of the 5.25" bay covers. A bit puzzled as I painted the pieces within spec.

I have a 2-3 coats on the pieces and I am back to where I was before - waiting for the pieces to set up for a week before applying the final coats.

In the meantime I got another idea to keep me busy. I have a couple of old box speakers that have some decent speaker grills. A little paint made them look decent and they matched the case.

One grill is off the mid-range and fits an 80mm fan quite well. Here is a shot of it all painted up (it was teh usual black before).

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1986.JPG

Here is a shot of it mounted on the back of the case.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1987.JPG

I had to make some clearance on the side panel so it will clear this cover.

The other grill was taken off a tweater (actually had to hack the tweater out and clean it up a bit underneath). It would fit a 50mm fan well but since I wasn't using any I decided to place it on the top of the case as a blow hole (not really needed for a PIII system but i thought it would look cool).

Here's a shot of the top panel with the hole cut out (it is waiting for its final coats)

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1984.JPG

Here is a shot of the grills all painted up - the bracket for the smaller grill only has teh primer on it. I painted it purple to match the top of the case.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF1985.JPG

I am hoping the next pics will be with the blow hole and the window installed (as long as the paint doesn't lift on me again).

Hope you enjoy and get some evil thoughts of your own to post up.

Sir Golitech
03-09-2006, 08:21 PM
*drools*
Nice work buddy, I really like the speaker grill. I did the same thing for the front of my case where it says HULK, but I had to cut them to fit, just grill no plate.

Keep it up :thumb: :thumbs:

DaveT
03-09-2006, 08:23 PM
keep it up buddy:rock: :thumbs:

Snafu
03-09-2006, 08:32 PM
Glad you like it. I was thinking of using the smaller grill on the front but since the front is finished I didn't want to start messing with it.

The bracket the screens are held in actually hide the edges really well (especialy drill holes for the screws. It was one of those "while I am waiting what can I do" thoughts.

I also have a mirror I want to add somewhere to reflect some of the light from the cathodes. Haven't finalised a place for everything just yet. Need the top and side panels to finish the layout.

dr_hardware
03-10-2006, 03:53 AM
Awesome job Snafu :)
:beer:

paint the psu snaf..paint the psu snafu

Snafu
03-10-2006, 05:27 AM
:lol:

Snafu
03-30-2006, 11:50 AM
Apologies for the lack of updates with this system. The pain on two panels decided to lift and were striped down for repainting. After repainting and nearly finsihed the second set of coats on one piece the paint once again decided to lift :irk:

I figured that the problem is that I am applying the coats too thick allowing the solvent to lift the lower layers (i.e., I need to be more paitent :lol: ). So now I am waiting for warmer weather so I can paitiently paint the remaining pieces in the garage. Of course it does not help that I am in the midst of renovating a bedroom with Mrs. Snafu holding the whip (of course she wants her system built as well so basically I am getting whipped all over - I guessed I am a whipped hubby :lol: )

Sir Golitech
03-30-2006, 05:38 PM
Hey each to their own buddy.....

*Mrs. Golitech sneeks up from behind*....*the sounds of a wip*....ouch, ouch, I'm sorry honey, ouch, I'll make it..ouch..up to you, ouch. :bow: :bow: :bow:

LOL

Snafu
03-30-2006, 07:33 PM
:lol: Actually enjoying the renos. I love being creative and it is turning out really well. I even think I will put her computer in her room since it will match somewhat.

*ouch* Okay back to renovating *ouch*

Sir Golitech
03-31-2006, 05:51 PM
:lol: Actually enjoying the renos. I love being creative and it is turning out really well.

Yeah I know what you mean. I decided last summer(bored actually)to add more shed space to the shed in the back yard.I add an extra 10 sqft 8ft high, of course I did the roof :wpleased:. Now that just gave the wife an excuse to empty out the 6x8 walk in closet in the hall, and put the stuff in the new shed space, which in turn gives me the excuse to knock down the adjacent wall to the kids room and make their room bigger.

Ahhh renos, I can smell summer coming again.
:thumbs:

Snafu
08-25-2006, 06:09 PM
Well it has been a while since I updated on this case mod. SO I think it is about time I updated this thread.

The main delay was havig to strip a side panel twice and then the top panel three times before they turned out decent. Then I decided it was best to wait until the warmer months so I can finish the job in the garage.

With the side panel painted, I installed the side panel using pop-rivets. Looks cool in my books:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF2438.JPG

With the side completed I focused on finishing the top. All was going well until the the final coats when "frosting" started to appear. This was a white haze on the paint. Finally discovered that I was painting outside the recommended conditions. SOmething about not painting above 30C and 75% RH. That week it was 34C and over 90%RH (it was a cooker). So the haze was simply due to moisture. Well I found it came out with a fair bit of polishing (1500 grit, polishing compound and simonz cordless polisher).

With the top finished I started assembling everything together. There was one small thing I overlooked. The rivets caused some interference with the lip on the rear panel such that I could not line up the panel and close the side <ugh>. I had to either remove the rivet or think of something else.

Although not the desired approach the fix was simple enough. I used the dremel with a cut-off blade and removed part of the offending lip so there was room for the rivet. The panel now closed perfectly.

After this the assembly was fairly straight forward. There was some interference issues due to the layers of paint but it all fit together snugly. Here are a couple of 3/4 shots:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF2434.JPG

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF2435.JPG

With the front panel, the panel itself has the right number of layers to give it a deep purple colour. However, I could not apply the same number of layers on the drives. Well I could but they wouldn't be functional. As it stands now the door for the CD tray opens but remains open even after the tray retracts. I suspect it will eventually close after a bit of wer. The result however is that the drives have a slightly lighter colour in appearance and this difference is really highlighted with a flash.

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF2436.JPG

Here's a full shot of the back panel:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF2439.JPG

For lighting I tried a couple of things. First the wire wrap is UV sensitive so I threw in a 4" UV bulb - hangs underneath the top vent. This was a little too dark for my tastes so I also threw in a 12" purple light. When this light arrived it was pretty much white. So as a fix I gave it about 6 layers of teh purple paint to darken it a bit. The effect is not too bad:

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF2440.JPG

For the front I did something a little different. From the shot of the front above, you can see a smoked out plastic panel. As far as I can tell this does nothing more than look like a smoked out plastic panel. So I felt it needed some light. Along the top of the curve I added five blue LEDs pointing downward. It was a bit tricky getting them lined up but with a drinking straw, het shirnk tubing and a hot glue gun I was able to get the lights somewhat lined up properly. With the right resistor and a 4-pin molex connector the LEDs do a decent job.

(sadly I couldn't get the camera to focus properly)

http://www.bleedinedge.com/crew/snafu/case-mod/DSCF2442.JPG

So my little Miss now has her "purple" computer. I am thinking the beige screen and keyboard need some colour too but this will have to wait until after I get around to a few of my projects I have sitting on the back burner.

Hope you enjoy and decide to give case modding a go :thumb:

glorfy
08-25-2006, 08:10 PM
Nice work Snafu! :beer: :thumbs:

Just Learnin'
08-25-2006, 08:20 PM
:beer: Lot's of work there! :rock: Wicked colors. :yup: What's next??? :scratch: :look:

FireDancer
08-25-2006, 08:55 PM
very sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet :thumbs: ...nice job Snafu :bow:

Snafu
08-25-2006, 09:05 PM
Thanks guys. I missed a few shots or more likely I misplaced them.

With a PIII 1GHZ and 256mb of ram on a dfi board with 40gb drive it should be decent for my lil miss to play some kid games and have some bling.


What's next??? :scratch: :look:
Can't tell ya that or something terrible might happen to ya ;) :lol:

At this point I just need some time to play with my own stuff that's been sitting for 6 months.

Actually for this system I am thinking of a purple monitor (to go with the case) and blue keyboard (to go with the mouse) but this will be later (next summer perhaps). I know the wife will just shake her head at me.

Snafu
08-25-2006, 09:07 PM
BTW I forgot to mention and include a pic of the PSU. I didn't paint it as it does not show too much through the window and it also polished up very nicely.

Mikki
08-26-2006, 08:21 PM
That's a heck of a job, and Little Miss is a lucky gal....;) Well done Snafu! :D:beer: :beer: :rock: :thumb: :cool:

Snafu
08-26-2006, 08:57 PM
Thank ya muchly :thumb:

Sir Golitech
08-27-2006, 11:27 AM
:thumb: :yikes: :thumb:

Wow intense colors man. Sweet lookin' mod you've done there.

Snafu
08-27-2006, 03:51 PM
Thanks Sir G. It looks cooler in person.

bf2nut
08-27-2006, 05:34 PM
Apologies for the lack of updates with this system. The pain on two panels decided to lift and were striped down for repainting. After repainting and nearly finsihed the second set of coats on one piece the paint once again decided to lift :irk:

I figured that the problem is that I am applying the coats too thick allowing the solvent to lift the lower layers (i.e., I need to be more paitent :lol: ). So now I am waiting for warmer weather so I can paitiently paint the remaining pieces in the garage. Of course it does not help that I am in the midst of renovating a bedroom with Mrs. Snafu holding the whip (of course she wants her system built as well so basically I am getting whipped all over - I guessed I am a whipped hubby :lol: )

hey,
very true with waiting for the layers of paint to settle\cure properly between coats.
nice job there.:yup:

Snafu
08-27-2006, 07:56 PM
Thanks bf2 - took a lot longer than I figured but guess most of the time was me not getting to it - lol

Sir Golitech
08-28-2006, 07:00 PM
Now that I oogle at the pictures some more :rock:, I come to realize that PSU in that backside shot, is just screamin' to be painted gold. :hide:

JMO
Goli

Snafu
08-28-2006, 07:32 PM
:rolleyes:

I know whacha mean but it's together and aint coming apart for nuthin' except maybe an upgrade :lol:

Sir Golitech
08-28-2006, 09:00 PM
Oh come on, you know that PSU cover is just cryin' out for a spin in the dryer.

:shhh:

Snafu
08-29-2006, 05:55 AM
:lol: I'll let you tell the missus first in person and get her ok before I proceed :lol:

Sir Golitech
08-29-2006, 11:08 AM
OK

My flight leaves tomorrow morning. What's for dinner?
;)

Snafu
08-29-2006, 11:49 AM
Usually steak and potatoes but for you some humble pie after the missus gets a hold of you :D

Sir Golitech
08-29-2006, 11:54 AM
I'll tell her that my machine is broken and I just need to dry a few things.
She'll never suspect a thing :hide:

Snafu
08-29-2006, 12:15 PM
Well if you need to DRY them then she'll tell ya that your watercooling is bust :lol:

WeldZilla
08-31-2006, 07:49 PM
Hey Snafu, that came out real sweet! you must be a hero around your house about now. Don't worry it will wear off....lol...... Hey that is some nice work. you did a good job of post pictures to kinda keep the story board moving along. Congrats!!
When you starting the next one?

WZ

Snafu
09-01-2006, 01:28 PM
Thanks WeldZilla

The next case will likely be like this one where it was saved from the scrap pile. Maybe one of my other cases but I have a few things I need to do first. Some things with computers and the other is to close in the work area downstairs so I can put in better ventilation and paint year round

BTW where you been hiding?

Dark_Star
06-11-2007, 11:37 PM
:yikes: :yikes: i may be only 14 :o but i know whe something is really good and that case is just something makes me feal like pulling apart my armor and painting it purple.
you are my god :bow:

Timber Jockey
06-12-2007, 05:31 PM
Snafu what color purple is that( like plumb purple ) By the way it looks great :rock:

Snafu
06-12-2007, 09:18 PM
Thanks Dark Star. I keep telling my wife that but she only gives me that look :coocoo: :lol: Glad you like it. Took some time a patience. If you do it then make sure the temps and humidity are within the paint specs and you don't apply too thick ;)

@TJ - the pic does not show its tru colour. It is suppose to be like an anodised purple but when I applied a couple of layers I thought it was too light to my liking so I applied several more layers to give it a deeper purple colour. It is a two-paint system. First there is a metallic silver primer/undercoat then layers of clear purple over top (several in my case - I think about six). The paint is metallic coat and it comes from dupli-color (I believe - I need to check the cans again). There were a variety of colours to use.

Catch ya later :thumb:

sbinh
06-14-2007, 04:18 PM
It looks so gay ... :na: :na: :na:

Snafu
06-14-2007, 08:12 PM
I showed you mine. Now you show me yours. ;)

sbinh
06-15-2007, 02:52 PM
Here is mine .. Don't laugh , OK ....

Mid-tower ATX case ... Gigabyte -Triton case

Dual 120mm RADs .. will move them out side the case .... :D
http://members.cox.net/songbinh/1.jpg

http://members.cox.net/songbinh/2.jpg

Blue sweet blueeeeeeeeeee -- 70mm fan on top NB heatsink.
http://members.cox.net/songbinh/3.jpg

Cut 2 holes ... One on top with 120mm fan .. another at CPU area with 70mm fan ..
(believe it or not .. it blows hot air out from there)
http://members.cox.net/songbinh/4.jpg

http://members.cox.net/songbinh/5.jpg

That's it! .... :D :D

Dark_Star
06-15-2007, 04:59 PM
looks sweet man just need a little cable management ;) but then agian don't we all:wpleased:

Snafu
06-15-2007, 06:24 PM
The cables weren't long enough to re-route them out of sight so the best approach was to put them in a loom. It is far better than what it was and flows decently.

Besides it's only a PIII system so I wasn't about to spend a lot more time lengthening the cables :lol:

Dark_Star
06-15-2007, 10:24 PM
hmm right no need work on a P3 i say empty the case keep it and burn the only P3:na: :na:

Snafu
06-16-2007, 04:26 AM
:lol:

Yeah if I were using it. I built it for my daughter who is fine with it and her games run fin on win98se. So until she wants to play something newer it does its job :p

eatont9999
06-16-2007, 08:21 PM
How do you get the right case cover on? That fan seems to be in the way.

Dark_Star
06-17-2007, 01:23 AM
narh just looks to b in the way from the angels th pics were took on

Snafu
06-17-2007, 03:58 AM
The only interference was the rear fan cover. I had to notch the side panel.

BTW the paint is Duplicolor Metalcast.

harleybrosgirl
06-17-2007, 09:48 AM
:fire: Hawt !! Purple is tight dont change it will look sweet im sure :thumb: :rock:

Snafu
06-17-2007, 04:59 PM
Thanks HBG :bow:

I love purple myself and hope to paint my old truck a darker version.

Dark_Star
06-17-2007, 10:07 PM
that truck will look soo sweet if u do :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: