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My New Project


I'm building a new computer from scratch! Yeah, I swore I'd never do that again after the last project, but this time I'm going to do it right. I'm going all out.

So, I'm going to start with the case. And I'm going to "mod" the crap out of it, as the kids would say. I did a little research, and I was surprised by how popular this practice is becoming. I was never one to pour a lot of money into my car, but somehow this seems logical to me. I bought this really nice case, and I'm going to put a window in it, put some neon lights inside, and paint the sucker blue and black. The photo above is a sketch I made in Photoshop.

This should be a really fun project, and by the time I'm done, I'll have something to show of to all my geek friends.

So, anyone know the best way to paint plastic?

Current Mood: excited excited

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lordremo From: lordremo Date: February 4th, 2001 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Not too tough

To start, you've got to give it a surface paint will stick to. Take a scotchbrite pad (the type to clean pots & pans with) and go over the areas to paint. Next buy a low grit primer spray. At a game hobby shop a good brand is floquil; it's used to paint gaming miniatures. Go over the sufaces with light coats, 2 or three at 15 min. intervals. Apply your base coat and give at least 4 hours to harden before applying any design stencils. Use painters masking tape to cover areas, and draw your stencil designs on low-tack vinyl contact paper.
Pre-cut the design leaving it barely hanging on the paper. you should be ready to add the designs and finish with a clear non-gloss sealer. If you're cutting or modifying the cabinet, do the painting before the re-assembly. Good luck!
jarrett From: jarrett Date: February 4th, 2001 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not too tough

Scotchbrite? I'm using super-fine (400 grit) sandpaper. I'm still working on sanding down the body. It's easy to underestimate the surface area of one of these towers. But I'm in no hurry.
lordremo From: lordremo Date: February 4th, 2001 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not too tough

Be careful... don't score the surface too noticably. Primer is good for sticking power so you don't need to buuf much. I recommended The Scotchbrite pad to keep a soft touch.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: February 4th, 2001 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not too tough

This stuff is really, really fine... as fine as they sell. I can't imagine it being more abrasive than the Scotchbrite.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2001 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not too tough

Hey cutie pie.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: February 5th, 2001 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not too tough

Uhh... Hey.
chicky From: chicky Date: February 5th, 2001 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you haven't been there yet, check out the mods at www.virtualhideout.net. And thinkgeek.com has the window/neon kits for decent prices.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2001 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

BITCH!

BITCH!!!
chicky From: chicky Date: February 5th, 2001 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BITCH!

Why yes, I am. Thanks for noticing :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2001 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BITCH!

Your more than welcome BITCH!
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