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 Post subject: Curious about trying to paint my CM Cosmos 1000
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:39 am 
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I am really curious about trying to give my computer a cool paint job, but I am not sure where to begin. I have noticed the metal on the outside panels are a very weird texture. I am wondering this:

Do I need to sand it?

If so, does it matter with what?

Primer...do you need to go with a clear coat? or something close to your desired color?

Paint...do you use spray paint? or something at the home depot meant for walls ect?

Thanks for any help.


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depends whether you want a glossy, satin, matte, or textured paint job. That's also pretty much the order of it in terms of preparation and difficulty.


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I think I would like to go with the glossy paint.

So after this step do I sand? put on primer?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:02 am 
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You should always prime when painting. You don't HAVE to but you really should. Sanding is kind of a must like that too. Clear coat is totally optional but it is definitely a good idea.


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So does this sound right?


Sand the area's I wanted painted.

Apply primer

Apply paint.

NOW I want to go with the glossy finish, is this sold by spray paint? If not, is just a paint brush the way to go?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:32 am 
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Fossil wrote:
So does this sound right?


Sand the area's I wanted painted.

Apply primer

Apply paint.

NOW I want to go with the glossy finish, is this sold by spray paint? If not, is just a paint brush the way to go?


There are people much better at this than I am, I can't really recommend the proper grits either...


sand
primer
sand
paint
wet sand
paint (optional)
wet sand (only if additional paint)
clear coat

A gloss paint with proper wet sanding and clear coat should be pretty glossy. Chumly and TGS are pretty good painters. I know there are others but they aren't coming to mind (sorry guys!)


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I would suggest Krylon spray paints, as they are formulated to stick to plastic and metal very well with no primer.

If you use primer, you're going to get an even better coat.


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sweet, thanks for your advice everyone.


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