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October 13, 2006 11:49:02 PM

hi

can anyone give me some ideas as to what colour i could use to respray my packard bell pulsar pc? originally it was a pentium 200 with 16/32meg ram and have since scrapped the motherboard and fitted an amd k6-2 500 with 128meg ram

the case looks like this in the picture


im gonna strip the case into plastic components and respray them. originally it was a white tower with grey sides but now the white colour has yellowed with age and its horrible. i have a couple of compaq pc's and have resprayed them both in black(ie like the current compaq pc's).

let me know what colour combo would work best, ie red with black sides or something

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October 13, 2006 11:55:30 PM

Well, color is a matter of personal taste. I like black because it has a certain style and goes with most anything, and you can snaz it up with an accent color if you like (metallic accents look nice).

Alternately, why not try complimentary colors? Go here and read the bit about complimentary colors at the very least.
October 14, 2006 12:07:14 AM

i know its a matter of taste, but i'd like some ideas, thats what i asked in the first place

most cases comes in different colours, but some comes only in 1 colour

so, what do u think thats eye catching? which 2 colours i could use?
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October 14, 2006 12:30:18 AM

Eye catching? That's a different matter. You need a good contrast between 2 colors. The human eye responds most directly to the color flourescent chartreuse - sometimes called saftey green (or yellow). It's like this:



Now contrast that color with someing a bit jarring to catch the eye, something much darker.



If greens not the thing, how about yellow or orange or like a plasma blue?

October 14, 2006 12:33:52 AM

GOOD LUCK.

really, you'll need it. i got the grand idea to spray my 'ole Gateway case, and boy was that a nightmare. i've got some *cough* street art */cough* under my belt, but spraypainting plastic compy cases are NOTHING like anything else. first of all, it dried all crappy, and it was like rubbing off and stuff, and it dried lumpy (even tho i set it to dry right) and i sanded it down and basically it was just one big nightmare, like this massive run-on sentence. so, i'd recommend like getting plastic spraypaint or something, if there is such a thing, because my normal paint didn't work very well. but, that was prolly just my terrible luck striking. i bet you'll have better luck.

as a side note, i did a kinda nice design in pencil, and then sprayed it, with black, red and some silver. it looked pretty sweet, i must say! i'm not satanic or anything, those are just some sweet colors. best of luck, and post some pics when you're done!
October 14, 2006 12:36:09 AM

blues and greens are sweet together
October 14, 2006 12:49:32 AM

hot hoochie pink :D 
October 14, 2006 12:49:38 AM

thats something different, something like metallic green front/top with blue sides?

or light green or yellow front with black sides?

like as i said i already spray painted 2 compaq's before in black as they were 1 allround colour, packard bell comes in 2-tone colours

keep the ideas coming. may do some mock ups to gauge reaction

ps: how do u post a poll?
October 14, 2006 12:53:18 AM

The tower is shaped a little bit like an old radio. I think the white could be a medium brown color, and the grey could be black. All you need then is some old knobs to glue on it for a retro radio thing. That's my first thought.
Good Luck.
October 14, 2006 12:53:41 AM

i believe there is an option when you are starting a thread... i don't know if you can start one in an already-established thread, tho. but how do you post pics? i'll try to show you a kinda sweet idea i've been kicking around... heh. so what are you thinking you'll go with, color-wise?
October 14, 2006 1:35:14 AM

how about a nice rustoleom color?
October 14, 2006 1:36:38 AM

Make sure you get a good primer sprayed on there first. Then really let that dry well.
Plastic can be a b*tch to paint sometimes.

You could go with green and yellow... making it's performance correspond to a certain football team with a similar name. (just joking... I have owned Packard Bells before also.)

I tend to prefer the idea of going with a more rustic style. You could make it a brown or green metallic color, and dab in some dry brushing to simulate the beginnings of corrosion. You could make it like an antique piece of radio equipment from WWII.
October 14, 2006 1:39:49 AM

lol i used that on my old 70 mustang (grey primer)
back in the day grey primered cars were faster

well that was the saying :lol: 
October 14, 2006 2:05:28 AM

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how about a nice rustoleom color?

eh?!?!

im not too keen on retro looks, just want it a clean modern look, i dont think a brown pc would look good
October 14, 2006 2:11:57 AM

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im not too keen on retro looks, just want it a clean modern look, i dont think a brown pc would look good


i have cheriveneer wood polkaudio speakers

maybe ill paint my pc that :D 
October 14, 2006 2:16:57 AM

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how about a nice rustoleom color?

eh?!?!

im not too keen on retro looks, just want it a clean modern look, i dont think a brown pc would look good

need colour ideas for respraying a packard bell case
I just think that passe and retro are a good combination... :wink:
October 14, 2006 3:36:50 AM

Packard Bell huh? I'm trying not to laugh. I've blown more of those up with cherry bombs than I can count.

How bout that great rust brown (some say orange) color people think looks so good on cars? It'd be a fitting color for a PB, ya now, diarrhea....

Seriously, why do people want cars that look like sh*t?
October 14, 2006 4:36:25 AM

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Packard Bell huh? I'm trying not to laugh. I've blown more of those up with cherry bombs than I can count.

i was given the ageing packard bell, but i stripped out the old pentium mobo and fitted an amd mobo, all im doing is recycling the case but adding newer parts

your right, brown is reserved for wooden furniture, not on cars and certainly not on pc's
October 14, 2006 4:38:42 AM

I'd say go for a nice dark metallic blue, makes the curves change shades a little darker as you move around it.

Hope you replaced the PS, had tons of those die back in the day.
October 14, 2006 4:48:14 AM

power supply is the same, but no worries, got a few spares in case this one fails

metallic blue sounds nice, but what about the sides? something like silver or black or what? or even gold(if possible and available)?
October 14, 2006 4:51:51 AM

Well I'm not into two tone that much, tends to look tacky unless done really well. Maybe start with the front mettalic blue, the first quarter of the sides slowly fading into a darker blue/purple, and the last 3/4th's turning to a raging firey purple, metallic of course.

I should have my wife do something like that on one of my cases, she's good with the air brushes...
October 14, 2006 4:55:04 AM

Any of those 3 would be pretty sharp. Blue and silver (or black) is seen on some commercial cases.

Maybe blue and gold for a kind of modern/deco look? Ah! Copper for the alternate. That'd be pretty sweet.
October 14, 2006 4:57:51 AM

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brown is reserved for wooden furniture, not on cars and certainly not on pc's

I think brown/orange rust color is awesome on PCs


But yellow is more the attention grabber, if you must stand out at the lan party this is they way to go...
October 14, 2006 4:58:45 AM

Alright bro, here's the deal...stay away from neon colors. They're an eye-sore. Consider that you may be looking at the PC in a room everyday. Unless you're flamboyaunt and decorate with neons, they might clash with your environment. Secondly, use automotive quality primer if you MUST spray, otherwise, use a brush to cut tough parts and then use a roller with PRIMER. If you want any paint to stick you've gotta prime using the right kind. You may want to sand any smooth parts too using a fine sandpaper, this actually roughens it and creates tiny cuts in the surface which will help the paint to stick. Once you prime it allow it to dry and sand it with some fine grit paper and do it again. It's the only way to get super finish. After a few coats of the color you're after inish it off with two clear coats for durability and shine. This might be a great time to add a metallic flake too if you're brave. I'd recommend automotive paint because it's more likely to stick to plastic and wont' smear if you use some sort of chemical cleaner to clean it off if you happen to spill something on it while checking out porn. (sik) Also, as to what color(s) you use, it's really up to you and how you intend to use the PC. Media center PC's are usually black or silver, and you probably won't use it for that anyway right? Packard Bell cases are kinda crappy aren't they? Why not just find a used case online somewhere, or cheap decent one? My friend bought an thermaltake sonata I think, for like $40 and that's mid range compared to some. On the other hand if you're bent on doing a custom job...I recommend you get a stencil and proudly mark that it's a K6-2. I have a 400 chip in my closet, if anyone is interested. Also a P3 866mhz chip if anyone is interested. :-P
October 14, 2006 5:03:39 AM

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Packard Bell cases are kinda crappy aren't they?


That's just classic! Drop the word "cases" at least he upgraded his a bit.
October 14, 2006 5:09:44 AM

i bet it took a long time to build it
October 14, 2006 5:11:52 AM

Yeah, upgrades are great....but tech changes so fast and PackardBell's are old.....I mean it's a little mid tower case right? Why bother? It's not like it's some kickass server case that he can put 2 mobo's in. Save for a good PSU, transferable ram, and cases...there aren't a whole lot of PC parts that are worth changing out in favor of new ones. By the time you swap a video card, a CPU, or RAM the socket changes and something twice as powerful comes out for less than what you just spent. I guess I'm failing to understand why you're upset about me dissing packard bell CASES. Notice I didn't even capitalize packard bell. I won't capitalize hp, dell, or compaq either. They're all junk. Wanna know how crappy Dell is? They make their comps so it's difficult to upgrade them. It's like selling you a bottle of ketchup that appears full but has a giant dip in the bottom of it so it's not as full as it looks. There's a reason enthusiasts tell their friends to get PC's custom built....so they're not so cheap you can't upgrade. Lay off bud. packard bell sucked
October 14, 2006 5:22:52 AM

yeah thats what im doing, customizing it

its a full tower so it can accomodate most full size mobos, thats why i changed the mobo. i could fit an intel core2 mobo if i wanted to.

im into modeling 1/24 scale cars, and i have used automotive sprays for my compaq's when i painted them in black

i will get some pictures up of the compaq's later

RyanMicah - where are u based? as im in the UK, as u mentioned $dollar i believe your in the states?
October 14, 2006 5:25:31 AM

Yeah I am. Do you water cool? I haven't tried it yet, I'm going to on my next system, I plan on building a nice HTTPC.
October 14, 2006 5:30:56 AM

Saying that comment was "classic" was ment to convay the fact that you made the understatement of the century. I was doing the opposite of dissing your comment. I was enforcing your statement. Crapard Hell's are just that.
October 14, 2006 5:34:20 AM

ive never water cooled, and i dont think on planning doing it sometime in the future, always used air cooler

your right, they are crap as they dont conform to atx standard and its a bitch to upgrade, even though they are good pc's and can only upgrade to its limit but thats about it, although there are a few that are atx standard and can upgrade to whatever the hearts content

i have a couple of compaq's that are upgraded to its max and nothing more

ps: can i put pics in my signature? have i got it right?
October 14, 2006 5:39:00 AM

Oooh.....well then! :-P Thanks for agreeing! I take everything so personally you know...:-\
October 14, 2006 5:44:41 AM

I think it's imgsrc or something. I can't remember as I haven't used HTML since high school. I can see the links and can copy/paste, although they just take me to a couple of bars that dont' show me anything really....
October 14, 2006 7:32:51 AM

Sweet, looks like smoke gray with maybe a hint of beige and brown. I like it. Gray is a great color to mix with metallic and natural finishes. Consider beige and olive maybe? Perhaps maroon with olive or beige? What colors do you currently have? Are you looking for something unique or maybe something to match what you already have? The Buggati website (some of the fastest and perhaps most expensive cars in the world) has a mix and match thing with some neat colors that can give you some great ideas. That and it just has some freakin awesome cars. Go to BUGATTIoCOM and click on the "Veyron Configurator."
October 14, 2006 7:52:48 AM

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GOOD LUCK.

really, you'll need it. i got the grand idea to spray my 'ole Gateway case, and boy was that a nightmare. i've got some *cough* street art */cough* under my belt, but spraypainting plastic compy cases are NOTHING like anything else. first of all, it dried all crappy, and it was like rubbing off and stuff, and it dried lumpy (even tho i set it to dry right) and i sanded it down and basically it was just one big nightmare, like this massive run-on sentence. so, i'd recommend like getting plastic spraypaint or something, if there is such a thing, because my normal paint didn't work very well. but, that was prolly just my terrible luck striking. i bet you'll have better luck.

as a side note, i did a kinda nice design in pencil, and then sprayed it, with black, red and some silver. it looked pretty sweet, i must say! i'm not satanic or anything, those are just some sweet colors. best of luck, and post some pics when you're done!


All i say is use only Krylon fusion on plastic parts, metal and plastic parts need to be primed and then painted.
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