Hey guys, so my antec 300 is on route for delivery to my house and I decided that I want to paint the inside of the case. Now, I am really not picky about it I definitely don't need a perfect paint job by any means I just want first-glance to look like a clean black paint job inside. I really don't want to go about removing the rivets, and I also have several cans of black spray paint already but they are different brands with similar colours of black. So my questions are:
1) will I be fine spray painting the inside without disassembling the whole thing ?
2) Will it be a big deal if I use two different blacks. Not like I will be using gloss and matte, they are all flat black. But one of the cans has a "metal finish" that gives it a unique textured look says the can, should I avoid it ?
3) Will sanding it alone be enough ?
Like I said it doesn't have to be perfect I think anything will look better then the ugly grey
Isnt the inside of the Antec 300 already painted black, so why paint it black again?
And mainly as my Father always said, "If a jobs worth doing, its worth doing properly" !
It is not painted black, just the regular greyish colour. I got the 300 illusion model I should have specified.
and I also agree with that quote, but the thing is the job is barely worth doing as it is I just decided I might as well since I haven't sold my old case yet. Just wanted to make it look somewhat decent but apparently I can't with my method ?
OK, you might not want to waste a lot of time doing this, but you will get infinitely more pleasing results. First, use a sponge and detergent to wipe down as much of the area you want to paint as possible, and then use another clean sponge with water to clean the detergent off the area you want to paint. This will remove any oily residue from manufacturing. Let the case dry for about a half hour to an hour.
Next, use fine grit sandpaper to scruf up the surfaces you want to paint. This will help the paint adhere better to those surfaces. Again, use a damp sponge to clean up the grit from the sanding and let the case dry.
Use painter's tape (yes, the blue stuff) and mask any areas you do not want to be painted. Take out any trays, inserts, etc. If you can unscrew it, take it out/off. Very important! Take out as much plastic as you can! Some plastic will actually soften due to the emulsifiers in spray paint, especially acrylic spray paint. Even if it is a part you aren't going to paint, the fumes are enough to do the damage. If the part(s) are riveted into place, then you will just have to live with it.
Then, using long, even strokes, position the pieces to be painted on a tarp or newspaper and hold the can about 12 inches away from the surface you are painting and try to get as even a coverage as possible. You will want to put on an even coat, let it dry, and then check to see if the color is heavy enough. If it isn't, apply another coat using the same technique, until you are satisfied.
well I'm really not sure what I am going to do. How hard/what do i need to do to remove and replace the rivets if I did want to take it apart ? OR, what if I just did everything else properly and left the case together ?
Right now I just did a sample on the right inside panel just to see what it looks like. Doesn't matter if it sucks since I don't care about the right panel lol
ok well I didn't realize, but the can of spray paint I used was some "high heat enamel fast drying" flat black paint. I did one coat quickly and I did a poor job, but it actually doesn't look bad at all and looks dry already after 15 mins O_o. Will it get a lot lighter as it dries more ? Because it's not the darkest black, but damn it looks a hell of a lot better then the grey !
for the entire inside and it is extremely forgiving for small mistakes and it gives a nice charcoalish-black colour that looks great imo. I didn't take it apart and I didn't even sand because I realized it made little difference. Bought three cans of the stuff and just coated the inside every 10-15 minutes because it's fast drying as well. Much faster and efficient method, if you aren't too too concerned about it
thanks for all the help though guys ! would anyone like pics or don't bother