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I really like the black finish on the case... I have the exact same case and I want to paint it black. If you don't mind, can you tell me how you did it?


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It's pretty simple.
  • Take the case cover off
  • Unplug all your USB, Audio, and Jumper plugs
  • Undo the 3 screws up top behind the front bezel
  • Pop out the 3 tabs at the bottom behind the front bezel
  • Take bezel off and flip it over.
  • Undo about 15 or so screws to remove the front plate from it's "button" base
  • Sand the plate lightly w/ 400 or so grit sandpaper
  • Wash with liquid detergent to remove grease and sand, dry
  • Throw on 3-4+ light coats of flat black, let dry 30+ min
  • Reassemble


Flat black matches pretty well w/ the stock black top and sides of the case. As you can see however it doesn't match 100% w/ the Optical Drive I have. I may just shoot the drive w/ some flat black to even it all out.
 

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Originally Posted by mike 01hawk /forum/post/18242912


sorry, i couldn't resist... i was thinking back to when a friend of mine kryloned his entire firebird.

 

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Back when computers only came in beige, this was the only way to spice up a PC case. I sprayed a generic 486SX British racing green (with white racing stripes) and I swear it ran Doom faster afterward.
 

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I have customized many cases as well as my son's X-Box 360, nice job op! For those painting plastic black, I highly recommend using black automotive "vinyl dye" available at Advance Auto, O'reily's etc.


Works better than paint as it penetrates the plastic for a much stronger finish and is a thinner product than paint for a factory smooth finish "no orange peel" effect.
 

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Thanks Mike for your step by step instructions. I will give it a shot this weekend to see how it goes.


Edit: May I also ask you one more questions? Can you tell me which spary paint you used for your application? Did you do any gloss?
 

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Originally Posted by thamizhan /forum/post/18286521


Thanks Mike for your step by step instructions. I will give it a shot this weekend to see how it goes.


Edit: May I also ask you one more questions? Can you tell me which spary paint you used for your application? Did you do any gloss?

NP.


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Originally Posted by candre23 /forum/post/18243406


Back when computers only came in beige, this was the only way to spice up a PC case. I sprayed a generic 486SX British racing green (with white racing stripes) and I swear it ran Doom faster afterward.

I did one of my old cases Ford Blue. It was as awesome as it was ghetto!


OP: Nice job on the finished product. Finishing that drive makes it look good.
 

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That's how we did in the olden days when the only cases you could buy were beige.


You kids don't know how lucky you have it!



Mike
 
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