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yeah hey i have a dragon shiftec case it kinda looks like the the old alienware cases its black but has a clear side panel to see inside or what ever im getting a deal on it the only thing is that it has scracthes on the top and its black anyone have any ideas and plus i wanna paint some parts ima buy any kinda special paints or something thnxx MOE

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you can use automotive paint

 

my buddie went to the paint store yesterday and got som blue automotive paint with sum silver slake in it and sprayed his case with it.

 

he sanded it down and all that first!

came out looking phat

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you can use automotive paint

 

my buddie went to the paint store yesterday and got som blue automotive paint with sum silver slake in it and sprayed his case with it.

 

he sanded it down and all that first!

came out looking phat

its expensive tho i want something cheap lol from like kmart or a hardware shop maybe in a spray paint kinda form i heard this guy on a show saying that plastic paint works good

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No dude do not use cheap paint. You will be very unhappy in the end.

 

Here is what I do when I paint a case and I have painted a ton of them.

 

I've been painting and modding cases for like two years now. I only use automotive paints, sandable primer, and engine enamels, My clear coat of choice is candy apple clear coat, make the glossiest shine on the planet.

 

if I might suggest:

 

sand the case

 

clean it with tack cloth DO NOT TOUCH WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY CLEANED, the oil in your fingers will give a wrinkled effect and the paint won't bond where the oil is, I ALWAYS wear rubber surgical gloves (no oil).

 

spray you first light coat of primer don't worry if you can still slightly see through, let it dry how ever long you think you need to, wet sand with 220 grit. now reapeat this step about 6 or 7 times each time using a finer grit sand paper, till you get to your 1000 or 1200 grit. After each sanding WASH good so you don't have any residue behind, towel dry with a nice soft towel.

 

Now start your colored layer the same way and procede the same as above except use around 650 to 800 grit to start with and go from there 2 coats at 800 grit then two at next grit like 1000 then two at 1200. just liek above clean after each sanding.

 

Ok now for your clear coat, BE SURE to tack cloth BEFORE you start your clear coat, don't touch anything with your bare hands. apply the clear coat evenly in thin coats, use the 1200 grit only on all layers. Wash between sandings

 

Finally once your done Get a GOOD buffing compound and polish, start off with the buffing compound (I use a small turtle wax buffer I got at home depot for 15 bucks) if you don't have a buffer you can do it by hand, READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE BOTTLE, APPLY IT JUST LIke THE BOTTLE SAYS!! Be sure to polish till all teh buffing scuffs are gone. Once that's done, you can do your polish just like the bottle says. You should end up with a glass finish on your case. This is exactally how i do it every time but I only wait abotu 30 minutes or 45 minutes between coats, I do very light coats but even, I also bake it in the oven or put it out in the hot Texas sun so it dries super fast, sandable in 30 to 45 minutes.

 

Also if you use a power buffer be sure not to burn through the paint.

 

Good luck

 

Here's an example Case I am working on now

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No dude do not use cheap paint. You will be very unhappy in the end.

 

Here is what I do when I paint a case and I have painted a ton of them.

 

I've been painting and modding cases for like two years now. I only use automotive paints, sandable primer, and engine enamels, My clear coat of choice is candy apple clear coat, make the glossiest shine on the planet.

 

if I might suggest:

 

sand the case

 

clean it with tack cloth DO NOT TOUCH WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY CLEANED, the oil in your fingers will give a wrinkled effect and the paint won't bond where the oil is, I ALWAYS wear rubber surgical gloves (no oil).

 

spray you first light coat of primer don't worry if you can still slightly see through, let it dry how ever long you think you need to, wet sand with 220 grit. now reapeat this step about 6 or 7 times each time using a finer grit sand paper, till you get to your 1000 or 1200 grit. After each sanding WASH good so you don't have any residue behind, towel dry with a nice soft towel.

 

Now start your colored layer the same way and procede the same as above except use around 650 to 800 grit to start with and go from there 2 coats at 800 grit then two at next grit like 1000 then two at 1200. just liek above clean after each sanding.

 

Ok now for your clear coat, BE SURE to tack cloth BEFORE you start your clear coat, don't touch anything with your bare hands. apply the clear coat evenly in thin coats, use the 1200 grit only on all layers. Wash between sandings

 

Finally once your done Get a GOOD buffing compound and polish, start off with the buffing compound (I use a small turtle wax buffer I got at home depot for 15 bucks) if you don't have a buffer you can do it by hand, READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE BOTTLE, APPLY IT JUST LIke THE BOTTLE SAYS!! Be sure to polish till all teh buffing scuffs are gone. Once that's done, you can do your polish just like the bottle says. You should end up with a glass finish on your case. This is exactally how i do it every time but I only wait abotu 30 minutes or 45 minutes between coats, I do very light coats but even, I also bake it in the oven or put it out in the hot Texas sun so it dries super fast, sandable in 30 to 45 minutes.

 

Also if you use a power buffer be sure not to burn through the paint.

 

Good luck

 

Here's an example Case I am working on now

dude thnxxx for all of that i only wanna fix a few scracthes on the top but thnxxx anyway man that was a good explanation is it cheap for auto paint

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Gigashadow: Do you think it'd be possible to make a DIY buyers kit for this project? It'd be great to know exactly what to look for/where. More then likely d3 or LinuX could get it up in the Guides section.

 

For the paints, will the same paint you use for the metal (in my case its steel) work for the front panel (plastic). I'm looking to get a glossy finish as well.

 

As it's a spray can, not actually paint with a paintbrush type stuff right?

 

Thanks

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To paint plastic with paint like that all you have to do is get it read.

 

Sand is and prime it and whatnot. Then the paint should stick right on. I would do a test piece of plastic to make sure it works before you try.

 

Though, there is like a Krylon paint or something that you don't have to do anything to the plastic but just spray it on.

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Ya krylon you don't really have to do anything, BUT I always rough it up with some sand paper lightly, then primer then paint. Also some other things to know Automotive and engine enamals take at least a week or more to dry solid to they won't scratch, I usually wait about 2 weeks after the last coat of paint before I give them back to a client.

 

on the chance that I will sound stupid, what does DIY stand for?

 

I could easally put together a kit if someone wants to buy one, No goudging prices or anything, all they have to pay for is the shipping, they would be paying my reduced prices for the paint, sandpaper, buffing compound, glazing compound, cheese cloth for buffing and polishing and what ever else would be in the kit.

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