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My ChromIllusion Mouse

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DarkHawk

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Mar 8, 2002
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Salt Lake City, UT
My Color Change Mouse

I went to my local Fred Meyers with my mom and got some Mystique Color Change paint for my Easter gift and decided to test it on my MS WheelMouse Optical. The test has gone great so far, still gonna wait a couple days before I put it back together. I'll post pics when I get to borrow the dig cam. So everyone knows, most MS mice are SOOOOO! easy to do this to, its not even funny. 2 screws and some sandpaper basically. Also Gonna change the LED's to Blue, at least the one that lights the back up, maybe make a custom lens for it too since the stock one is red. Think I might have to make it with a dremel and a chunk of clear nylon, lexan, something.....


Any ideas?:rolleyes: :eh?:
 
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ColdMiser

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Feb 22, 2001
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Georgia
You got true Chromalusion brand paint? That stuff costs $1000 per gallon. It is the type of color changing paint used in American currency. Whenever a licensed company buys some (PPG makes it), they are supposed to buy only as much as they need and return the unused portion. Lots of paperwork involved.
 

h20link

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down at fraggle rock
yeah a friend of mine got some "from a guy who knew a guy"......
that stuff is sweet. He had like a half a pint of the base and the secondary but I moved away before we got a chance to paint somethin with it.
 
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DarkHawk

DarkHawk

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Salt Lake City, UT
This stuff cost me $15 US and it comes in three parts

1. A Black base-coat, to give the next coat something to change.
2. A very specialized clear-coat with a special suspended "glitter" kind of stuff that floats to the top of a coat and assembles itself into a certain order to create a prismatic, fractal type effect which causes different colors depending on angle and color of lighting. Looks best under flourescent.
3. A protective clear-coat that helps create depth as well, I personally put three coats of it on, might do more again after it dries, don't know, looks GREAT already:D . And for the most part it only took 4-5 hours because I gave it at least a half hour to 45 min for drying between coats. Went on great too, the cans aren't huge, but hey with what I have left over plus one more package of this stuff, I will be able to paint my case with it too. Not gonna do the monitor though, black is my color of choice on the monitor. The keyboard is clear and that is gonna get some LED's or Lightstrip placed in it to give it a lighted effect. I could type in total darkness that way, LOL:cool: .

I would like to point out that this was my easter gift, so I have to save up so that I can get some more, but for now, the mouse is good enough.
 

stool

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Dec 20, 2000
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Albany, NY
Dupli-Color sells a similar product, called Mirage. It is in small cans, too, but the coverage is very good. Because of the area of the case I was covering, I was able to get 6 coats on it for a really deep effect.
 
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DarkHawk

DarkHawk

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Mirage is actually what was sitting right next to Mystique on the shelf, but they only had color variations that I didn't want. So I got Mystique ( Krylon ) Silver-Green, yet it still goes to Blue, Magenta, Gold, and some variations of green that could be a mix of green and gold. Look's great. The finish is only one day old and it already feels really durable.

My mouse is coomplete now, well at least the outside.

The upper portion that includes the buttons is now color-change, the bottom is black satin, the light lens in the rear is still red but it is polished smooth and flat to flow into the rest of the mouse. I love it. Gonna do it to every mouse I get, well at least every MS mouse.

PS: Make sure you make the bottom of the mouse smooth, otherwise it will not get very good slipping action on any surface, even the best of mousepads. I just use my desk, since its Optical. I don't know why everyone doesn't go optical, SOOOOOOO much better.

Pic's coming soon...