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fuelrod
06-06-07, 11:52 PM
Well my daughter just graduated high school so I ask her what she wanted as a graduation gift. Since a new car wasn't an option she said she would like a new computer; something that was girlie and pink and had a "flat screen" (she was still using a big ass 19" CRT). At first I was thinking "yeah right", but after some research decided I could mod a SFF PC. Below are some before and after pics of my two week project. It didn't turn out too bad, what do you think? My daughter is pretty happy with it so that's all that really counts.

Parts use: Biostar IDEQ N1 SFF PC, AMD64 3200, 160 GB Sata HD, 1GB Ram, DVD , and Microsoft Wireless Desktop 1000 mouse and keyboard.

http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/6029/pics08ta1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

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This is a stock photo, I forgot to take a pic of the case before I painted it.

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Madpistol
06-06-07, 11:57 PM
pink.... pink.... PINK??????? WHHHHYYYYYYYYY????????

Nice paint job btw. :thumbsup:

pkirby11
06-07-07, 12:18 AM
Yeah man, not the color I'd choose but I'm sure your daughter loves it! ;) Nice paint job by the way, it loos really proffesional especially if it your first time.

Redeemed
06-07-07, 12:25 AM
Yeah- looks very good. Granted, I'd probably have gone for camo with a fat NRA logo on the side. :p :cool:

But since it's for your duaghter (so you say :bleh: ) we can accept your choice in color. Great job! :thumbsup:

supra
06-07-07, 12:35 AM
nice job! now do one in smoke silver :D

fuelrod
06-07-07, 08:18 AM
Thanks for the complements. This was my first mod so I was pretty happy with it even though it was pink. If I ever do another one for myself I think I would get some auto shop dark metalic red paint.

hirantha
06-07-07, 09:25 AM
damn you are a cool dad... it looks great!

CDE_1246
06-07-07, 08:55 PM
Nice job, I like how you didn't make everything pink and left certain parts the default color, very nice job!

TierMann
06-08-07, 02:19 AM
Awesome job! :)

What kind of paint do you use for this stuff? Just spraypaint?
I tried painting one of my Logitech mice red once, but that didn't work out too well because the paint stayed tacky. I wanted it to come out shiney red like the front of my Minotaur case so I used some cheapo clear red acrylic stuff.. but I guess it doesn't stick to the plastic well.

Xion X2
06-08-07, 03:17 AM
That's cute that you did that for your daughter. I'm sure that she loved it.

Can I ask what paint you used and how you went about it? Because it looks very, very professional (and no, I don't mean that I'm going to paint my rig pink, I'd just like to know how you got the glossy, even look to it. :p )

fuelrod
06-08-07, 07:04 PM
I just used the paint (Primer, Gloss paint, and Lacquer) in this pic that I picked up from Home Depot.

First I took everything I was going to paint and lightly sanded it with 320 grit sand paper. That was to mainly just to rough up the surface and give the paint something to stick to. After that I used the Primer (2 coats) and Gloss paint (2 coats for the plastic and 3 for the case). Between coats of Primer and Gloss paint (I waited 3 to 4 hours between coats) I lightly sanded everything with 1000 grit wet dry sand paper. Again to give the paint something to stick to and smooth out the finish (I used my wife's hair dry on cool to blow away the dust from sanding). I did not sand the last coat of paint. Then I added 3 coats of lacquer for the plastic items and 4 for the metal pieces. I didn't sand the lacquer.

Ok, I know this last part is goofy but after all that the case metal pieces looked like a car finish so I said what the hell, I put on a coat of Turtle wax. So now the case looks like a new car finish and it beads water too. :D

The whole thing took me about 10 days. It really was not that hard at all. My advice to all those who want to do something similar would be do all the painting in the garage or a clean room so dust and dirt doesn't get on your pieces while it's drying.


http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4143/paintkk6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

TierMann
06-08-07, 07:22 PM
Thanks for the info :)

I doubt I'll ever be able to match your results, but now maybe I'll be able to end up with something that won't stick to my hand next time :p.

grey_1
06-08-07, 08:02 PM
Nice, Nice job! Now I'm scared though..I have 3 daughters.:(


:p

XDanger
06-08-07, 08:13 PM
You forgot to paint the monitor!!!!

Flawless job though, Absolutely flawless.

Good work spraying the drive tray also!!!

rage10
06-10-07, 03:24 PM
Fabulous job!:thumbsup: looks really professional!
I just saved this page as a faverite in case I ever do a mod like that!:cool:

EDIT: How did you paint the drive bay?

Bman212121
06-10-07, 07:34 PM
Awesome paint job even if it is pink. :thumbsup:

I have a q though, did you add laquer to the black front of the case? In the one photo it is glossy, but the stock pic it doesn't look like the case is glossy.

BTW, adding wax as definitely the way to go. I have used armor-all on some peripherals before because it really makes the blacks shine. If I had a glossy case I would probably wax it as well.

fuelrod
06-10-07, 09:07 PM
How did you paint the drive bay?

The front plastic part of the drive pops off pretty easy and then 8 screws later your inside the guts. There was a small latch that kept the cd tray from coming out all the way but with the push of a screwdriver it came right out. I only painted the top side of the cd tray because I was afraid if I painted the underside the paint would interfere with the gears that open and closed the drive. After that it was just a matter of putting tape over the LED window and then painting it like the rest of the pieces.

have a q though, did you add laquer to the black front of the case? In the one photo it is glossy, but the stock pic it doesn't look like the case is glossy.

Yeah that stock pic wasn't very good, I just did a quick search on google images. I think they must have updated the design because if you notice the vent holes are different as well. You can see a better pic at Newegg. The front was already a black lacquer type finish, I didn't have to do anything to it. It was a perfect match to the Samsung monitor I bought too.

Here is a link to the Newegg images:
http://tinyurl.com/24umcc

CaptNKILL
06-10-07, 10:15 PM
Thats pretty sweet. :)

I like the 2 tone look.

breathemetal
06-10-07, 10:17 PM
Looks very professional, and I might add, the choice in pink is not that bad, at least it wasnt hot pink :p

NaitoSan
08-19-07, 03:43 AM
when i was a little kid, i thought hot pink was one of best color ever invent... :o

again, i was a little kid...

(damn 80s, I curse you! those neon colors!)

otherwise, excellent job! (i know this thread is few months old... lol)

SLippe
08-19-07, 03:56 AM
Outstanding job, man. Very nice. My daughter, 14 now, got away from anything pink a couple of years back. Thank goodness she liked my old case with all the blue lights/fans. Whew!

Pink is the new black. (saw that on a t-shirt)

Digital_Trans
08-20-07, 01:59 AM
I just used the paint (Primer, Gloss paint, and Lacquer) in this pic that I picked up from Home Depot.

First I took everything I was going to paint and lightly sanded it with 320 grit sand paper. That was to mainly just to rough up the surface and give the paint something to stick to. After that I used the Primer (2 coats) and Gloss paint (2 coats for the plastic and 3 for the case). Between coats of Primer and Gloss paint (I waited 3 to 4 hours between coats) I lightly sanded everything with 1000 grit wet dry sand paper. Again to give the paint something to stick to and smooth out the finish (I used my wife's hair dry on cool to blow away the dust from sanding). I did not sand the last coat of paint. Then I added 3 coats of lacquer for the plastic items and 4 for the metal pieces. I didn't sand the lacquer.

Ok, I know this last part is goofy but after all that the case metal pieces looked like a car finish so I said what the hell, I put on a coat of Turtle wax. So now the case looks like a new car finish and it beads water too. :D

The whole thing took me about 10 days. It really was not that hard at all. My advice to all those who want to do something similar would be do all the painting in the garage or a clean room so dust and dirt doesn't get on your pieces while it's drying.


http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4143/paintkk6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)


Nice setup! You did a super job!