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    Smile spray painting pc cases

    I've just got two Dell Optoplex Pentium 90 base units off eBay cheap, for me and my friend to make into home MP3 boxes.

    Thought these Dells were ideal as they have slim neat desktop cases with ATX power supplies.

    Right want I want to do is wire up a 20x4 character LCD screen fixed to the front of the case (thats for another post ) and I want to spray paint the whole case black and silver.

    Can I just use ordinary car spray paint? Whats best for a good finish, anyway else tried this?

    The casing is completely all plastic construction. Obviously I'm going to clean it all throughrly before I start.

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    To spray the car-paint on plastic you would first have to spray some kind of 'primer' on the plastic.

    The normal car paint doesn't stick to the plastic, Although for indoor use, the case wouldn't be abused so hard as a car would be, so maybe you are safe just painting it.

    But for the best result apply a layer of this primer, and the paint you spray on it won't come off.

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    Maximum PC (the Computer Magazine) did a huge article about 2 months ago with pictures on how to spray paint your case. Check their website for the article...

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    Cool

    Painting plastic is always annoying. There are a few things to remember:

    1. Rough up the surface. Use a fairly gritty sandpaper (maybe 100 grit?) to rough up the surface to get the primer to bond.

    2. Use a plastic primer. Use a primer designed to paint on plastic. Available at most model stores, it bonds properly and allows you to paint an enamle on top.

    3. Sand the primer. Use 220 grit.

    4. Paint with an enamle. It is designed to go over plastic and provide some flexibility.

    It may take a few tries to get it right, so be patient.
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    Here is a pretty good link on painting a case

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    I have done it before with plain model spray paint since it is designed to be use on plastic, then put a coat of clear acrylic used for hobby stuff. Worked great, you just have to put light coats of the acrylic because it tends to thin the paint.

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