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Fresh updates today :

I felt like  the right side panel of the corsair is soo minimal , a wall of black steel empty of any customization, this is unacceptable,  my electric grinder is still hungry, she wants to eat more steel  :lol:

let’s improve the mobo + cpu back airflow ;  the mesh is a spare part left from my Antec Twelvehundred, some of you may recognize the old school mesh design, I never liked them at the window side ; but at the back it’s ok.
As well, showing up my farbwerk RGB controller seems to be a great idea.

This is the plan :
 

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I’ve built this  little frame to the Farbwerk window,  a similar plexi piece will be attached underneath.
this should be very cool with some lightings.

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The Top :

Although corsair included a removable dust  filter to the top , it can be a real dust trap, I am saying this because I’am planning to use intake at the top for more positive air pressure, my plan is to add some sort of roof for design & dust limitation purposes :

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let’s give it some legs :
pvc pieces  cutted with holesaw :
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Then glued together & machined using my DIY lathe & a file :

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All attached :

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16 hours ago, Cheapskate said:

Ghetto lathe!!!! 😄

-Although if it's blurry in the pic, you may be running way too fast. Ghetto stuff should be done slowly and carefully. :ph34r: We at The Mod Zoo Industries care about your safety. 

😂😂

The ghetto lathe is just A 1000 watts harbor freight drill clamped to a vice.

This stuff is too cheap to kill a human being😁 

However .. I think Grinders are the Scariest tools to work with.

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On 9/29/2018 at 4:20 AM, Cheapskate said:

Ghetto lathe!!!! 😄

-Although if it's blurry in the pic, you may be running way too fast. Ghetto stuff should be done slowly and carefully. :ph34r: We at The Mod Zoo Industries care about your safety. 

@Cheapskate  Guess what happened today !! 
As we are talking about dangerous stuff, check the last post in this topic, at the end of the experiment  I almost lost two fingertips, 
at the moment I removed the gloves I  remembered exactly your comment about safety :laugh: :laugh:

 

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Hopefully the last missing pieces to progress with my mod :

Alphacool Nexxos st30 240 full copper silver Nickel plated + demciflex filter..got some more Ek fittings too.

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I am amazed how the nickel plating makes the rad looking wonderful ..

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The fins are more robust than classic painted copper thanks to the extra nickel layer...you can't bend them easily


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The brushed stainless steel sides are also great.
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Little quality issues: 


- The spot were some little scratches on the copper are still visible under the nickel coat.
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- The copper inside has some minor oxidation...that is absolutely normal due to natural copper oxidation in contact with air...not a big deal anyway.
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I wish there was a process to diy nickel plating on old rads
🙃 should be a great experiment.

I'll apreciate if some of you already used this line of rads & can give me feedback on both performance & durability.:wub:

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7 hours ago, Mosquito said:

If you find a good way to DIY nickel plate, please post it here!  I have a lot of DIY nickel plating I could do if that worked out lol

@Mosquito  haha ,, yeah! for sure , I found some DIY vids on youtube  of nickel plating on some small copper parts,
I was thinking seriously about doing this with rads, &  concluded that the most intriguing part should be preparation & paint removal from the fins, especially if you have thick rads with three rows of pipes & fins, almost impossible to get to the intermediate row,  unless you submerge the whole piece in a strong paint stripper, 
sounds like a nasty preparation process....:ph34r:

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Continuing to work on the Top cover, I wanted an easy removable system without any  modifcation to the Corsair mesh,, best way is to use magnets & the best ones  I can find are Neodymium magnets from scrap HDD’s :

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Cutout while the magnet is attached to the steel bracket to avoid any break, then remove by small parts, this thing is too strong to remove it as a whole piece.


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small magnets pieces  glued to the pvc feet :

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I wrapped the feet with carbon vinyl

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Brushed Aluminum Style as usual :p
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Then ,   wrapping some other covers  :

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I’ve made an Aluminum Guard to the watercooling tubes pass through , looking very nice, no !! :wub: :

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I hope I get all my vinyl & Aluminum parts done by tomorrow so I can move to the preparations for the parts that will be  painted.

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today I finished all wrapped panels & Aluminum parts , I did put them in a clean room, away from the paint overspray vapors :

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Going to prep all the parts to paint, I started with the windowed panel, I hate corsair’s system ;  to remove the plexi, I had to carefully bend some tiny brackets,  factory paint was breaking over , I am wondering if the paint I’ll apply will crack again at the installation of the plexi :wacko:


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My 360 rads will be painted too,
Stripped to the bones :

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in total i have 2 new rads & one used : I Will Flush them all before paint , I am actually hesitating between hot deionized water fast flush or vinegar 50/50 solution,

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More parts updated :

My fitting’s rings were de-Anodized to bare aluminum
for more details check my topic here :

http://themodzoo.com/forum/index.php?/topic/3117-de-anodize-aluminum-test-on-ek-acf-fittings-rings/

I have a spare XSPC Raystorm Cover  , turned it to Brushed Aluminum :

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I’ve changed the plan with the front fan for watercooling case & did put it outside of the case, some plexi covers at the sides make the front look much better :
 

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The Whole thing is too tall (almost 1 meter)  :blink:

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Preparation to Paint :

Finally all the parts are ready for paint preparation :  220 grits dry sanding for a good primer anchor  ( up to 280 grits is ok according to the primer paint  manufacturer instructions :

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I removed the top of the case for a better paint penetration to the tight corners :
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My Radiators are already stripped to bare metal, I continued with a soft sanding to the copper channels  & the outer surfaces of the fins :


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All the other pieces are ready :

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Painting :

I never liked paint spray cans, cannot find a good quality  here, I prefer the paintguns, they need some skills, extra work in cleaning after use , but the outcome is far better , here is my team, cheapy stuff, I managed to get the best out of them :
Suction feed paintGun -  1.8mm nozzle for primer
Gravity feed Hvlp 1.4mm nozzle for base coat & clear
precision gun : 0.5mm for small pieces & tight areas

 

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the paint I’m using is not a high quality but it is good enough for this project , I’m not looking for a professional car paint finish afterall :
- Nitrocellulose Primer
- Acrylic 1K Basecoats  ( metallic grey + satin Black )
- Acrylic 2K Clear Coat
- Thinners & hardeners
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Primer Coat :
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Note : to avoid radiator’s fins clogging with primer  I covered them , however, I am planning to paint them nextly with a light base & clear Coats, I did this before on an AIO cooler without getting any cooling performance decrease.

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After the primer , all the pieces are wetsanded to 800 grits ,  ( for perfect finish professionnals go further to 2000 grits or even more , I still too lazy for all that extra work :S )  :

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2 hours ago, Cheapskate said:

Surfacing the chassis may be overkill. No... it is overkill. :laugh:

@Cheapskate   Yes indeed, I hate sanding, but i have no other choice, I want the whole thing to be painted metallic grey, a good preparation before & after the primer coat is a must to avoid acrylic basecoat issues, like peeling off & crackling ... GRR I hate that ...I hate that...I hate that :terror:

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First Basecoat Today , Glossy glossy  :tongue::
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As I am not yet familiar with this brand of paint,  I thought it is  better to start with the small 0.5mm gun & the small pieces, consequently,  if anything goes wrong I don’t waste too much paint.



few pieces are painted black ; most of the others are metallic grey :
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Some of my brass fittings were painted too:

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even my DIY RGB splitter was sprayed,  going to need some effort cleaning those tiny connectors with a needle after I finish the paintjob  :


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Today the assembly Stage Started, I feel more motivated to complete this project,☺️
I started assembling the top of the corsair case with 3mm rivets :
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My hand riveter was jumping off my hands from excessive force & did scratch the panels, thank God, two days ago I followed my sixth sense & did spare some thinned basecoat paint , I knew it will be useful to repair my stupid mistakes :blush:
I don’t want to loose more time filling my paintgun, easy trick :  very softly apply paint layers with a Q-tip , better than brushes known to leave ugly hair marks :

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just to know how the structure will look,  I didn’t attach the two cases together yet  :
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Adding some accessories :

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Assembling the right panel grill :

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the rivets were cut down & grinded as soft as possible to avoid cutting an electric cable :
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Farbwerk led controller custom window attached :

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