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Trouble disassembling Noctua NF-P14 FLX

By Jinto
Apr 22, 2010
  1. Hello everyone. Recently I purchased the Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm fan. It's a great fan with many positive reviews. However, the coloring is not my taste (beige casing/brown blades). So, I want to disassemble it so I can paint it (red blades/black casing). Now I looked around online and found a guide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tUxiSMnGSQ for disassembling the 120mm Noctua NF-P12 which I figured would be similar for my fan but it doesn't quite seem so. I am having extreme difficulty when it comes to removing the fan blade itself. Unlike in this video where the fan blade releases rather easily, my NF-P14 just won't budge. It comes to the point where I'm nudging it so hard that I feel like I'm going to snap it off.

    Does anyone have any experience with this fan? Some tips maybe?
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,218   +157

    This is going to sound obvious, but did you remove the split ring?
     
  3. Jinto

    Jinto TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Forgive my ignorance, but what is the "split ring"? As far as I know there is nothing to remove except for the magnetic pallet behind the sticker which I have already done.
     
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