Case Modding: painting a case

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wildboyz
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hi forums i was just wondering i spray painted my antec 300 black a while back but it didnt seem like i did a very good job with it because the paints chip off very easily. i first put the primer on then sprayed it black. im thinking about repainting it when i get the time. I was just wondering what i should do to remove the old paint? and what should i do to make a professional paint job that will not chip off? thx!

wildboyz
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ohh ive always wondered what sanding is for...but i thought applying the primer is basically replacing the tedious work of sanding? and when i sand, am i trying to get the surface as smooth as possible? or as rough as possible?

wildboyz
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i seee so the steps should be like this?:

1. scuff up surface with sand paper (which grit should i use?)
2. apply primer (how many coats of it?)
3. apply paint (how many coats of it?)

so if i follow these steps, the paint should be able to stick on permanently without chipping off?
and also should i pop my rivets and paint my case in pieces? or could i do it without popping my rivets?

wildboyz
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lol sorry but im still a noob at this. when you say 60-200 grit sandpaper, do you mean i should get a sandpaper thats within that range, or like several sandpaper within that range? and also is popping the rivets required to paint the case evenly?

wildboyz
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alright! thanks a lot for your help man i really appreciate it :)

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pldooasmn;733546 wrote:
nope, primer is an adhesion layer that goes in between the paint and the metal, but it can't stick to smooth metal.

Depends on the primer.
Self-etching primer sticks to metal.

He may have used regular primer, which won't stick to metal.

I've painted cases before; you have to use self-etching primer. I used that and did absolutely no sanding and the paint came out fine; it does not chip off.

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i would suggest popping the rivets, im in the process of painting my xclio a380bk and I took it completely apart, also i would suggest doing a clear coat once you done to make it more scratch resistant

sargent300ca
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heey wildsboy i may be able to somwhat help u with this issue. i have experience in airbrushing as well as other things but for a case as people stated above to sand it? yes sand it but to properly do it i suggest wet sanding and to wet sand is very simple take water and water down the case panels(front,sides,top etc) use a 2000 grit sandpaper if u use anything else it could leave scrats in the case. once u have it sanded down to a smooth surface dry it off and apply your primer(uses about one coat) after the primer has dried you could wet sand again to a smooth surface. then start applying your black coats(probably id say 3 coats of black if thats the colour u will use) one the paint has dried do a VERY light wetsanding with the 2000 grit and then dry off. The finally put about 3 layers of clear coat which will give the case a very nice glare/shine too it and id give it another wetsand. I hope this helps wildboy!:)

ps i suggest u vist this video it contains 4 seperate parts but it will be perfect to teach u how to paint it properly!:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgTLF0wONRE