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I want to paint my case, 2.0.

By Vehementi
Jan 1, 2003
  1. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    The 000(tripple ott as Vassil called it) will dull the plexiglass, in essense, yes it will scratch the heck out of it. The thing is, if you don't rough the surface, the paint won't stick.

    Sandpaper would actually scratch the plexiglass and give it a rough finish unless you used a very high grit, but the 000 steelwool will give it a brushed look. The paint should smooth that out, if in doubt you can use a primer suitable for plastics then paint it.
     
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    OK I went to the hardware store today and picked up two cans of plastic/metal spray paint - black and red.

    Will Polyurethane accomplish the same as Urethane clear coating? Are they the same? I have alot of Polyurethane clear coat as I'm staining a bookshelf.

    How would I paint a round plastic button? It's my power button, about 3/4 of an inch in diameter. I'm thinking of inserting like a rolled piece of paper into the space between the button and the faceplate and just spraying into there.

    What about the clear coat on the drive covers? Won't it make it look worse, because I'd like it to be as like as the rest of the front plate as possible.

    So I'm gonna do the following:

    -Red lettering down the left side of the front - VEHEMENTI.
    -Red buttons - power and reset.
    -Black drive covers with red buttons.

    And that's it, for now...
     
  3. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Yes you may not wish to clear coat your drive bays and such because of the shine, you can buy clear coat that isnt shiny, its dull, so it would match better, you might just want to take the button out of the case if you can. and yes polyurathane will work....
     
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    I don't know if I can take the button out - but I'll try.

    I might even stencil something on my monitor...:D It's an NEC MultiSync P1150, and it has really wide borders around the screen...like 1.5"

    Ah and what should I use as the stencil? What should I cut the letters out of?
     
  5. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Well if you paint your monitor make sure you cover all the ventilation area of the monitor so no paint gets in there....otherwise it might smell quite a bit when you turn the monitor on... And they sell precut plastic stencil things at hardware stores...or like at the store Staples(dont know if you have one near you) You'll probably have to buy a few to get all the letters you need...and maybe go to a craft store:p to get some cool stencil designs for you monitor
     
  6. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    Do you have any posterboard? It it would work pretty good. Or you could go to Wal*Mart and buy some letter stencils in the craft dept for a couple $.
     
  7. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Or do what StormBringer just said and go to WalMArt....they sell everything:D
     
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Isn't that the truth :dead:

    OK I have some posterboard. What I'm planning on doing is printing out the letters I want onto real computer paper, then taping the real computer paper with the letters onto the posterboard, and cutting out the letters with a razor or utility knife.

    I need to find a good font with 2" long and 1.5" tall letters though...
     
  9. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Good plan it sounds like to me:grinthumb
     
  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    The trick is getting it aligned perfectly straight on my case...:dead:
     
  11. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Alright well, I did that. I practiced the actual stencil on a big cardboard box about 15 times...and I really have a feel for the spray can now. I'll probably do the real thing tomorrow, when the stencil itself dries.

    I think that was probably the tough part, making the stencil...:dead:
     
     
  12. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Well I wish you the best of luck:grinthumb And if not may she R.I.P.:dead: (The case of course)..lol, I think you'll do fine on it...
     
  13. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Eh, well, I think I'll do fine too. I actually can't wait...

    Man it's gonna look good.

    I'll post pics of the process soon.
     
  14. palmboy5

    palmboy5 TS Rookie Posts: 112

    but whats it look like now (before)?
     
  15. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Like this.

    Looks great now, but it will look even better w/ a good stencil job down the front :D

    I'll post before and after photos :D
     
  16. palmboy5

    palmboy5 TS Rookie Posts: 112

  17. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Well I'm done.

    Drive covers went great, they match the faceplate fairly well and the red buttons are excellent. Haven't done the power button yet, but that will be soon enough.

    The stencil job went very well. I messed up the M after the painting was done, I scratched it then it all went to hell from there. Ended up removing almost the whole letter. I'll redo that letter...

    Can't take finished pics now :haha:
     
  18. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    Dont forget the shag carpet for the top and the fuzzy dice. ROFL
     
  19. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Uhhh...
     
  20. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Well Veh, did it ever get totally done? Where's the pics?:rolleyes:
     
  21. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Pics? Huh? You can't make me post pics.
     
  22. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    lol, Does it look that bad?:haha:
     
  23. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    I never said it looked bad. What compelled you to think so? Sure I have some cleaning up to do with paint thinner but that's about it.
     
  24. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    We have pics!
     

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  25. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    And here's a straight shot of the case...

    It doesn't look as bad as you'd think from these pics - it looks rather good actually. This pic looks really bad, but trust me - it looks great.
     

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