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rpckvv

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i want to paint my case (InWin Q600) a metallic blue (see attached photo)...if it's not metallic, but generally the same blue, thats fine...

at first i was just gonna paint it w/ the vinyl dye, but apparently it is not very durable on metal, so im gonna scrap that idea...

i want it in a metallic blue, but i dont want a mirror shine...

more or less, i want it to look like it has a vinyl-type look to it (like how i may do the drive bays)
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so, i guess when it comes down to everything, i want the same, plastic-y finish on everything, so i think im gonna need to use the same type of paint...

how would i go about doing this? i know that i would have to sand the case, put on primer, sand that, put on the paint, etc etc, but i really dont want a mirror finish and i dont want to have a textured finish...i just want straight and flat...

or what i could do is just use the vinyl dye on the metal parts as well, wait a while and then cover it with clear coat, so as to protect the vinyl dye, but im not sure if this works...

anyway, i guess i really didnt ask questions, but please leave suggestions or tips or whatever if you want to

-peter
 

Iron Hawk

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I think that the mirror like surface comes from the way you prep your surface, and the way you paint it. If you were to sand the pasts perfectly smooth, give them a coat, sand that smooth, and repeat a few times, you will get the mirrored effect that you are trying to avoid. Instead just give the parts a few coats, and dont do anything special whie painting.

Note: Painting isnt my specialty so you may want to test this idea on an old drive before you go wild and paint everything.
 
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rpckvv

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gotcha...

question regarding non-shiny finish:

i dont want a mirror finish, but i dont want the case to be textured

ie- i guess i kinda want my case to look like it's dyed plastic, not metal (that kinda look)

anyway, if i were to sand the case, would the finish be shinier or is there a way to not get that kind of gloss

sorry if this sounds retarded, but i just want to make my case look really good & not-shiny w/o having to sand it like a madman


-peter
 
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rpckvv

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also--

if i put clearcoat over the vinyl dye paint (which i'll end up doing), will that make the finish glossy, or is there a kind of clearcoat that simply goes on invisibly and does not add shine to the paint??

..........feeling stupid.............

-peter
 
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rpckvv

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problem is that i want to use vinyl dye instead of regular spraypaint in order to get that kind of finish (dyed vinyl)...

according to linear1.org, obviously the vinyl dye doesnt bind to the metal, but still sticks...it is easier to scratch early on, so thats why i would want to put clearcoat on: to protect the vinyl dye on the case

i have seen 3 types of clearcoat from plastikote: super gloss, gloss, and satin

i figure that if i put on satin, the case may become a bit shinier, but not as much as the glossy stuff...

so here's a recap:

-I want the InWin Q600 (cheap and big enough for what i need)
-im gonna use plastikote ultra vinyl dye (blue or dark blue) on drive bays and case so colors match
-coloring the drive bays wont be tough
-will use silver vinyl dye for the buttons, cd-trays etc etc
-spray case (w/o any preparation, except cleaning case w/ alcohol; see linear1.org) with the vinyl dye
-wait an hour or two (regular drying time for vinyl dye is ~30 minutes, but i want to wait a bit) and apply one or two more coats
-apply coat (or two, or three, depending on resulting finish) of "satin" clearcoat
-pray

does that look right?
i hope that will allow me to have the dyed-vinyl finish to my whole case with the protection of a regularly sprayed case

-peter
 

Crazy Jayhawk

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Look for matte-finish paint. I painted my last rig with flat finish Rustoleum Rust-Tough enamel, and it looked great. I think it's available in colors besides black as well. :)

It doesn't even need primer. I stripped the paint off the case panels, since my previous attempt at making mirror finish paint turned out badly. Two coats of Rust Tough and no sanding at all, and each panel was done in less than an hour. Great stuff.
 

Robbiem01

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if you want a non-shiny black thats a simple thing. Just use flat black paint like I did on my keyboard about 2 hours ago (another coat might be needed but it might jam the keys.)
 

Garfield

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Robbiem01 said:
if you want a non-shiny black thats a simple thing. Just use flat black paint like I did on my keyboard about 2 hours ago (another coat might be needed but it might jam the keys.)

What does the painted part of the keyboard feel like now? See, that's what I'd worry about when paint modding. That painty feeling. I don't know though, I've never done it.
 

Ugmore Baggage

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I think you're doomed to fail if you start with a base coat of something you know isn't intended for your surface. There's a reason they don't call it metal dye.

You might try putting selfstick vinyl sheeting on your case and dye that but I don't know how you'll do the plastic parts, it won't stick properly to them but they might dye ok.
 

Robbiem01

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it feels feels fine ... and if you dont like it just slap a clear coat on it. Although i'm not sure if that would add shine or keep it flat black. Another piece of advise: dont paint where the keys go b/c it will make them stick ... i had hell getting my spacebar to pop back up and my right shift key gets stuck some. After I use the computer for a few reports or a lot of forum typing the shift should be fine. Also, my keyboard looks about 5x better in person. But as for the grimy feeling ... it does feel different but not in a bad way.
 

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Ugmore Baggage said:
I think you're doomed to fail if you start with a base coat of something you know isn't intended for your surface. There's a reason they don't call it metal dye.

You might try putting selfstick vinyl sheeting on your case and dye that but I don't know how you'll do the plastic parts, it won't stick properly to them but they might dye ok.

True, it's not "metal dye", but it is paint. Just not meant to stick to a shiny metal surface. If he just scuffs the beige/white paint that's already on the case, he may be able to get it to stick. I don't know for sure, cause I've never tried.