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  1. I'm planning on building my first computer and I'm trying to figure out as much as i can before i start. I've finally decided on starting with the white tempered glass version of the Fractal Design R6. I want to make all the exterior surfaces Chrome colored. The interior walls would be the original white of the R6 and as many parts that are silver or chrome colored as i can find. I thought that if the case was all painted the same silver or chrome color would be overkill. so far i think i have three option: 1. find a local (Chicago) auto spray painting company and having them paint the parts chrome colored. it would be better in quality and color but i imagine it may be hard to find and expensive. i still can't find a good estimate of what this would cost. 2. use a good quality aerosol paint and do it myself. I have the room and some skills in paint but i don't want to put all my time, soul and money in a system that has just an okay finish. 3. there are some new spray paint systems for a chrome finish that use a few different finishes and really look good (check out this video Aerosol painthttps://youtu.be/c9-wFTUhpT4), but my concern is that they are much more expensive than regular spray paint, and i don't want to find out that i still have a part or two to finish and I'm out of paint. i apologize for the long long post but i really want to make something special. Johnny
  2. I've been experimenting with painting using rattle cans and such as I've been prepping a new paint job on my PC case. Some guys who paint cars suggested that I remove all the old paint. I would attempt this however, my PC case is steel and I don't wanna deal with any rust or gremlins. As the easiest way would be to just grab some aircraft stripper and remove everything but I'll have to wash it down with water. One thing that has always been a wonder to me is if the old paint actually needs to be removed from a PC case or anything to be repainted? Now, I know about just scuffing up the old paint, apply a primer, base coat color, then clear. I've done that to cars before. It got me thinking though.. The original paint job from the factory is probably as good as a paint job gets, I mean it was made under IDEAL conditions.. It's probably a really good foundation for painting.. IF THE PAINT DIDN'T REQUIRE A PRIMER. What do you guys think?
  3. Hello everyone! I suppose it is about time that I unvieled the project that I have been working on for about 3 weeks now. I present to you the victim... This particular powermac G4 was on the way to the scrap heap when I rescued him. I have never really liked macs, and so I am going to enjoy tearing this one apart and building it into a usable windows machine. I originally planned to strip paint off of the inside of the case, but as you will see, it isn't fun and doesn't look all that great. So anyways, let's clean her up... I don't think you need any of that... Important! I need to save a few crucial parts from my tear-down. First will be the front panel connectors. My friend Design for Paragon helped me immensely with his guide on how to properly re-wire this connection so it will work on a standard motherboard. He also helped me by sending me some motherboard standoffs that he used in his build here. In addition, the power supply is an important piece to save. Depending on my configuration, I may choose to buy a small form factor power supply that actually can fit within the original housing, therefore eliminating some problems. (need to check if feasible though). So onward! This time, I get to have fun trying to get this daayumn paint off. Well, this looks fun... Super clean! might actually work if you don't dilute it like I did... So... long ...really... long story short, this is a pain in the butt. I tried sandpaper, steel wool, acetone and a steel wire attachment for a drill (that was fun lol), but they all seemed to have their own problems. Sandpaper and the steel wire scratched the plastic to hell, and acetone took forever and left the paint in sort of a grey residue. I did the front and top panel and painted them after a combo of these methods got them almost black. However, once the paint dried, I knew it simply wasn't worth it. There were blemishes and scratch marks from prior abuse (lived in a school for crying out loud). So I decided (at the time of posting this actually) to forego my idea and simply coat the outer shell in whatever colors I decide. This has another benifit. The apple logo on the side of the case can not be removed, and this allows me to paint over it or cover it in another way. For your viewing displeasure... AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW? All that paint scrubbing took up like the past two weeks of my life and I just decided to undo all that work. Oh well, live and learn. So a few things... 1. Do you think I should go for a matte finish to contrast with that sexy mirror dual 5.25" door?2. I just realized I haven't talked about why this thing is going to be star wars themed?!?!?!3. Recommendations for hardware? (no I don't think water cooling) SO WHY STAR WARS?Well for one, It's awesome. And more informatively, it is one of my favorite movie series. Ever. I grew up watching these movies and I love sci-fi in general. One problem you may have noticed is the lack of windows in this design. The side panel can't be used due to the motherboard being mounted on in and the other side panel houses the power supply! How could you possibly remedy this situation?! In my sleep-deprived mind at about 12pm a few nights ago, I finally figured it out. Basically, the top of the case is relatively debris free.As you can see, there is a nice open area, good for airflow. That bottom cage had a fan mounted in it, but it can be removed if necessary. Still not catching on? I plan to cut a rectangle (with rounded edges) through the top of the case (plastic and metal) and cover the opening with some sort of clear acrylic. After that, I plan to angle a mirror located along the bottom of the case that reflects the image of the motherboard and GPU back up at you. Ironically, in physics class the next day we started our unit on mirrors and lenses. Tell me what you guys think! :) P.S. I kinda am crazy/creative
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