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Topic: 'Cherry Red' Computer Case Mod (lots of pics & some tips for painting yours!)  (Read 2234 times)
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« on: September 03, 2005 10:55:50 AM »

After a loooot of hard work, time, fun, and frustrations.. my boyfriend and I are coming very close to completing my computer mod project!

The painting is what took so long, since we messed up and then the fumes started affecting his asthma, but.. we finally got it done, and all I need to do now is add on these adorable stickers randomly, maybe on the window, and replace my piece-of-crap, temporary power supply with a good one.

THE FINISHED PAINT JOB:
http://boredgirl.mmm-fruit.com/living/supercomp/2005_0903_case01.jpg

http://boredgirl.mmm-fruit.com/living/supercomp/2005_0903_case02.jpg

http://boredgirl.mmm-fruit.com/living/supercomp/2005_0903_case03.jpg

"Cherry Red" automotive paint.

Here are the before shots..
http://boredgirl.mmm-fruit.com/living/supercomp/001.gif
http://boredgirl.mmm-fruit.com/living/supercomp/002.gif
http://boredgirl.mmm-fruit.com/living/supercomp/003.gif

If you ever plan on painting a computer case, make sure to ALWAYS SAND IT.  You'll want to wet sand off the original paint down to the bare metal first:
http://boredgirl.mmm-fruit.com/living/supercomp/055.gif

and then use primer, sand it, then apply thin coats of paint, always dry-sanding in-between the coats.

And use automotive paint, because spray paint caused us SO MANY PROBLEMS. it crystallized as it dried (which was strange), and it flaked right off.. we had to go through a whole paint-removal process and start over, so it became a little more expensive than we had originally planned.

We also cut a window out in the side panel (so you can see the insides) and cut a blow-hole at the top for better air circulation to keep it cool, since there's lots of overclocking and whatnot going on inside. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2005 11:26:25 AM »

Its pretty, my dad did the same thing to his before in the same color...then he did the other one in blue, they were both pretty...then he got rid of them  Undecided but he made up for it by putting neon lights in them, yes I did say neons lol, my dad's weird.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2005 11:29:28 AM »

lol! i had uv-sensitive lights in there (and the stuff that was uv-sensitive glowed red/orange), but we took them out because it was too cluttered & also when i kept my computer on at night, the lights were so BRIGHT it got annoying lol.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2005 11:49:08 AM »

Those stickers are adorable! Where did you get them? It looks really good!
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2005 11:53:01 AM »

thanks!

the stickers were a gift from my friend who went back to her hometown in japan. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2005 08:01:15 AM »

I love that colour!!!!
I have a manky old computer at home, Its given me some ideas, but i dont know if i would have the patiences, I seem to do better with frabrics Grin

U could set up your own business, spray painting old PC's

Did you do anything to the moniter?
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2005 09:09:10 PM »

thanks Smiley
and i don't think i want to paint another case after this lol, it was a very time consuming process with many frustrations along the way!

there's a more detailed thread over at craftgrrl here:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/6874150.html

and as for the monitor, no we did not. i copied/pasted my boyfriend's response to the same question below, to explain why:

wyldflwrgoddess: I would adore to have a red computer. So, you gonna do a monitor to match?
sharmelon (me): Smiley nope, not planning on doing a monitor. too risky (i'd be afraid to mess up the glass). we removed the parts on this computer to paint them, but i don't think you're supposed to remove parts of a monitor o.o
kidxsoup (boyfriend): It's possible to do it, but I wouldn't reccomend it unless you are willing to take the risks. It's cuz there is a tube in there, and basically its high voltage. It will kill you if you accidentally touch it, even when it is not plugged in. SCAAAAAAARY. I remember reading some funny stuff on forums.. anyway this guy apparently got shocked by accidentally touching the tube and was like "I can't feel my right arm, should I go to the hospital?" and everyone was making fun of him but he was ok after going to the doctor. He said he had a stick shift car too lol. and yeah he was driving himself to the hospital lol
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2005 12:56:05 PM »

thats way cool, now if i could only convince my mom to let me do that lol
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2005 03:12:06 PM »

much much better after the paint.. it's so red it just stands out! awesome
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