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-- Painting the Box
-- Category: Guide
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2000-08-17
-- Price: ~ $N/A USD
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Now that you have all the necessary materials you can start working. To start with, you will need to sand the metal parts of the cover. It is commonly thought that when sanding you need to remove all the paint and get down to the bare metal. This is not the case (no pun intended). You only need to remove the clear coat and it's weird texture. When doing this stage of sanding you should use the 320 grit. In fact you may even want to get a little larger grit sand paper to speed up the process. It took me a little more than 2.5 hours to get all three pieces sanded. I remarked earlier that it was a good idea to get wet/dry sandpaper, but did not explain. Well, when you are sanding the case, normally you will produce quite a bit of dust. If you wet the sandpaper before each sanding it will keep the dust to a minimum.

   Before moving to the next phase I would like to provide you with a little tip about spray painting: You'll want to apply the primer/paint/clear coat in thin layers. It will take more than one layer to fully cover each piece. Do not get in a hurry or try to cover each piece with one coat. Each layer must be given time to dry properly before applying the next layer. If this is not done, the paint could pool together and drip. It also takes a really long time for thick layers of paint to dry.

   Now we can begin applying the primer. I covered each piece with three layers of primer. Each layer actually consisted of two separate coats that were sprayed perpendicular to each other. After each layer has been given time to dry, lightly sand the surface with the 400 grit sandpaper. This helps to remove anything that may have fallen onto the primer while it was drying as well as ensuring the next layer has something it can grip. After each sanding you should clean off the dust with a damp sponge or cloth. Wait for the piece to dry before you add another layer. I recommend that you give the primer about 24 hours to bond to the metal just to make sure it gets a good bond.

All covered with primer

   After you have primered all the metal sides you'll need to prep the front bezel. This is done by sanding it with the 400grit sandpaper. Since it is made of plastic and there's no clear coat you don't need to sand it very much. You just need to rough up the surface a bit so the paint can adhere well. There will be no primer applied to the front bezel because the extra layers will make it more difficult to replace drives and buttons after painting. Make sure to remove all buttons and LED's before sanding or risk rendering them inoperable. And remember to always wipe down whatever you sanded with a damp cloth or sponge before moving on.

Ready to be painted

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