So after months of planning and saving my pennies I'm finally starting my mod. I realized that I needed a cool name for my worklog so I have decide that this mod shall be Project Blue Steak.
(a rough Photoshop job to get an idea of waht the paint job will look like)
My case arrived Monday and I've been cleaning the garage to make space to work ever sense, today I set up my table and began.
The case came in a nice big box that was inside an even bigger box, I'm fond of boxes so this was a good thing. However as soon as I got it out in the open to have a good look I realized that I would have to change my plans. I failed to notice in all the pictures and videos I was looking at online that the inside is an ugly dull gray color. So I went down to the nearest auto supply store and got some primer and Chrome paint. This is where the photo taking began.
The case to my great pleasure came with out a blemish on it.
Taking it apart was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be, the top panel was held on by nearly a dozen rivets and wouldn't you know it my drill bit was broken, so I used a chisel to take them off. As you can see the interior truly is dull and ugly and just wont do in a case with such a big window.
I am now actually glad that the inside of my case needed to be painted. I've learned several things.
1. Enamel Requires FIVE DAYS
to cure before you can put another layer of paint on top of it.
2. Do not start painting after your paint store has closed, Otherwise when you run out of primer you have to wait FIVE DAYS
to finish the priming job.
3. All the tutorials showing how to paint a side panel don't mean JACK when it comes to painting the inside of a case. There is no easy side to side painting inside a case and lots of tiny corners and holes that can only be painted with quick careful spot shots.
4. Make sure that you have good lighting, Painting medium gray on top of medium light gray is very difficult in low light.
5. Don't forget to prep what your painting. I forgot the HD cage until I was halfway done with the other parts so I ran and got it, hung it and started painting it without cleaning it. Immediately I could see finger prints showing through the primer. I've decided to go through with painting it though because I want to see what happens when the cleaning step is skipped, And I think it will be good for everyone else to see what happens when the cleaning step is skipped.
All in all most things went well for my first day of painting. I made some mistakes but the primer looks pretty good so far and I think I got a decent coat on all parts that will be visible.