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I've got an Antec 300 Illusion right now. I love the case (especially for cooling), but I can't stand black cases. I clean it, and 5 seconds later it shows dust again. How hard would it be to spray paint the case? I don't want the glossy/shiny look; I just want a flat silver color. I know I'll have to sand all of the black paint off, but is it hard? Sorry about my ignorance. Thanks.

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actually, you dont even need to sand the paint "off" all you need to do is scuff it really well. Then you can spray it. it will take several light coats to hide the black without globing, but other than that its a fairly simple process

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I've got an Antec 300 Illusion right now. I love the case (especially for cooling), but I can't stand black cases. I clean it, and 5 seconds later it shows dust again. How hard would it be to spray paint the case? I don't want the glossy/shiny look; I just want a flat silver color. I know I'll have to sand all of the black paint off, but is it hard? Sorry about my ignorance. Thanks.

 

 

Not realy, just make sure you remove all the electronics from pieces to be painted (I suspose you could mask them off but I would be careful about that)... The hardest part is not breaking any clips when you remove parts..

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I would sand lightly, but throughly with 240 grit wet/dry (use wet) to remove the shine, spray a couple light coats of light colored primer, then lightly finish sand with whatever grit of sandpaper your paint mfg. recommends on the can, (use wet again) then a few light coats of your finish paint. The primer will cover the black in less coats than the finish paint and will help your new color to bond to the old paint/clearcoat. Remember, the key to a good finish is in the prep work. There's is no need to sand things down to bare metal unless there is a problem with your old finish, (blisters, peeling, deep gouges, etc.), several light coats rather than 1 or 2 heavy coats will give a better finish and be more durable. definately take the time to strip all your components from the case, and remove anything you don't want painted. (think $69.00 Earl Schib Paintjob, with all emblems painted over, or lines of original paint around them from poor masking). If you decide to go with silver paint, you may want to try a test piece to see if you'll need to clear coat it, some silvers, chrome, aluminum, etc. will rub off on your fingers no matter how long you let them dry.

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You can always Pull the gus out, remove all the plastic, and send it off to be chemically striped and Powder coated. Then you can coler match the front plastic panels to the Freash powder coat. And it will shine like a new borns bum. :D Though spray painting would be alot cheaper. Powder coating would not only last longer, but it can also look better.

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With light colors you will notice any in perfections in sanding. chemical striping is the way to go. I suggest you get an old POS case and just practice on a few pieces before you do your main box. Paint the Mobo tray and back panel of the old beater because they have the most holes and toughest details to paint . Then if you feel comfortable with sanding, and the job you did on the beater have at it with your main box.. Main thing is take your time and get a temp box for your main rig.

 

This is my back panel outside is Garnet inside is Gold

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The gold showed every imperfection so i ended up sanding and repainting it 3 times before i was happy.

Good luck!

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I've got an Antec 300 Illusion right now. I love the case (especially for cooling), but I can't stand black cases. I clean it, and 5 seconds later it shows dust again. How hard would it be to spray paint the case? I don't want the glossy/shiny look; I just want a flat silver color. I know I'll have to sand all of the black paint off, but is it hard? Sorry about my ignorance. Thanks.

good ol krylon works like a charm

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