Custom-paint PC Case: Final Form

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  1. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    Hello Insiders!

    Recently, I started modding my computer and even asked for some advice in the Razer Insider Forums.

    Computer customization is a never-ending process, I realize that as I now am always thinking on how I can do more, how can I make it look sexier, etc... I have a lot of ideas, but sadly, not enough money to achieve them for now.

    I thought the PC Case painting process was worthy of a self-standing post, instead of replying to my previous post as I did when I bought my backplate.

    Take a seat, drink a sip from your Razer Mug Holder and enjoy your read. Oh, and get ready for a ton of images, this is a full painting report!

    Let's start the journey, shall we?

    A bit of backstory:
    It all started because of Linus Tech Tips (great channel, check it out) where all these custom sleeved cables made me want to have my own custom PC. As I own a NZXT S340 White Edition tower case, the computer stands out pretty much by itself, but it is a very common case. I wanted to make my computer unique.

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    Original case with the Razer Chroma Logo and a few LEDs in it.
    As @Shadefire331 suggested, I ordered a backplate from V1 Tech and I have to say it looks freaking awesome.

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    But I wanted more. From the outside, it looked like any S340 tower case. I had to do a paint job on it!
    My first idea was a Razer vs. MSI concept:

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    Yes, I made it quickly in MS Word but it was a concept
    I then realized it'd be a pain in the a*s to have so many edge paintings to do and handle, I decided to cut the Razer logo and center the MSI dragon to make it bigger.

    The first step was finding a way of making a big enough yet good stencil for the dragon. As it is a complex shape, using cardboard was a no-go: it had moving parts like the eye that I need to keep at the right position. After testing out a few options, I decided to go for a full covering of painter's tape on the pane, then cut out the dragon in it to create a mask for the rest.

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    Covering the side pane takes a LOT of painter's tape.

    Now, to the actual stencil. I don't have a printer and had no way of printing it on big enough paper so I used multiple A4 (21 x 29.7 cm) sheets and taped them together. I had to draw by hand the stencil from the high-res image I had. Good thing my screen tilts and spins. (Please don't hit me for the upcoming image)

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    Oh hi, lil' DeathAdder.

    At first, I thought an A3 (29.7 x 42 cm) dragon would be big enough, then I went full YOLO and decided to cover the whole pane with the dragon. In the end, I used 6 A4 sheets to get the whole stencil and taped it to the fully-covered pane.

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    I had to cut the bottom part of the dragon but it looked awesome to me.

    Then I started the cutting process, using nothing but an exacto knife and a LOT of elbow grease. I mean this thing's so detailed, it took me two hours to cut the whole thing. As my stencil is made of paper, I had to tape the already cut parts so the paper wouldn't move too much when doing a lot of cuts in a narrow area, like the head.

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    A steady hand and quality-made elbow grease were necessary to ensure good cutting.

    Once I was done with all the cutting, the peeling was super satisfactory. The same feeling you have from peeling the plastic cover off a new screen or whatever component you just received.
    Here's the all-cut, all-peeled result:

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    Looks promising.

    For the actual paint, I'm using a Liquitex Spray Paint: Cadmium Red Light Hue. It's a premium quality paint using pigment-based color, you have a very rich and colorful result. This can is around €10.


    After two coats, the pane is patiently waiting in my house, drying. Luckily, it's a hot day so it gets dry quickly.

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    Dry! Dry! Dry! - Gabriel "Reaper" Reyes

    But that's not the only thing waiting for me!

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    This is Loki, my cat. He's cute, and very curious.

    As I did everything this Sunday and the last bit of coating this Monday morning before going to work, I'll post the final results tonight so check out this post by 21 CEST ;)

    EDIT: Final steps!

    Peeling off the painter's tape was a longer process than I expected. There are still a few defaults with leaking paint but that is overall great!

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    Looking good, but I still have work to do!

    I had to scrap out the tiny leaks using a fine, pointy tool to remove it and have a clean result.
    But first, let's look at what it is in the end:

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    Family shot, smiiiiiile!

    As for the final product, just scroll a bit down ;)

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    Final words

    What a journey! It was really fun making it, kept me busy for a good evening.

    "But what's next Nazka? You said PC Modding never ends!"
    Indeed, I already have plans for what's next! I plan on painting the inside bar's NZXT logo in red. Then I'd like to buy some NZXT Aer RGB fans (with the Hue+) to light up the case even more! Final touch would be Cablemod custom sleeved red and white cables but I'll need a new, fully modular PSU (current one is semi-modular... RIP).

    "Can we help you making this sexier?"
    Uh... Maybe?

    I hope you enjoyed this post and the whole process (and result) as much as I do!
    Cheers :D
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017
  2. ARMOR_152

    ARMOR_152 Well-Known Member

    Nice! That is going to look great, and the backplate is sweet looking too.
     
  3. tdking01

    tdking01 Active Member

    Wow , looks pretty cool :D
     
  4. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    As promised (a bit late sorry!), the final result :

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    Time to unleash the beast!
     
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  5. Vaypron

    Vaypron Well-Known Member

    Well done! :D Both the PC-mods and the thread about it ;)
     
  6. tdking01

    tdking01 Active Member

    :eek::eek::eek::eek: I never thought a MSI-Razer combo would look that cool , because of the colors of course.It turned out much better than I expected. NICE !
     
  7. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    Thanks!
    After a few googling I settled on 140mm case fans, that are cheaper and better-performing than the Aer RGB (Mostly because the €60 Hue+ isn't needed) that I'll buy by next month.

    Thanks! I don't know what to do with the front Razer logo yet though.
     
  8. tdking01

    tdking01 Active Member

    Red outline ?
     
  9. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    I'm not sure: it's a Chroma sticker, red outline would look bad imo. :slightly_sad:
     
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  10. ARMOR_152

    ARMOR_152 Well-Known Member

    If you'd like a MSI dragon keychain you can write a review for parts you've bought and they'll send you one. I got one and it's cool plus it enters you in a contest.
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  11. kansasjeremy

    kansasjeremy Active Member

    rad paint job. i've been tempted to do something similar.
     
  12. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    The Corsair SP140 fans came in recently, I mounted them in my case and it looks N E A T O S.

    Next step is a Corsair H110i watercooling but I have to get rid of my Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro III beforehand :D
     
  13. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    Another update ! Cause yeah, I did more again.

    So in the end I didn't go for the Corsair H110i because of a promotion on the NZXT Kraken that was tempting me for a while. I painted the inside bar, keeping the NZXT white.

    Here are a few eye-candy photos :D

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    Full view

    Details

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    Next step is painting the front panel with a big NZXT logo instead of the small one.
    Hope you guys enjoy the updates!
    Cheers
     
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  14. Cpt_Disappointment

    Cpt_Disappointment Well-Known Member

    Anything square and simple and no rainbow color gets my vote
     
  15. JustJozef

    JustJozef Active Member

    I just saw this thread and have to say, wow that looks amazing! and I had no Idea I could get a custom back plate for my video card! I'm ordering one in a couple days now when I get paid.
     
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  16. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    Thanks! Post with the front panel paint job is coming :D

    Alright, I settled with a design for the front panel! It's a big-ass NZXT logo that covers the usual, boring, tiny one in the front.

    First step is designing the logo in AutoCAD to get the dimensions right. The front panel is 44x20 cm, but I want to use 38 cm to keep 3 cm bezels on each side. Measuring all the dimensions is pretty easy on the front panel, and multiplying dimensions with a common factor is within the reach of a preschooler, come on.


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    NZXT logo design in AutoCAD ​

    Then the paint job is pretty similar to the previous ones, so no pictures either. Masking, drawing on the tape, cutting, spraying and finally, peeling. Then scraping the leaks because the tape was utter crap.

    But in the end, I did it! In less than 2 hours, with 2 coats, I'm getting pretty used to it I guess.

    Yeah yeah, photos. Here we go folks.

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    I hope you guys enjoyed it again!
    I should be done with the painting on the case, next step is ordering matching sleeves for all the internal cables and this should be a done deal!

    Cheers.
     
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  17. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member

    Where do you order cables? I'll recommend cablemod: https://cablemod.com/product-category/full-cable-kits/
    Saw it in some mod, and they're perfect. Nice color, all cables are braided, they look awesome :)

    I also saw similar cables in Poland (but they were 100% hand made, by some modding enthusiast), and the cable braiding was UV - so looked they like had some LEDs mounted :)
     
  18. Hucast

    Hucast Well-Known Member

    I've been debating about whether I should post in here or not cause I can tell you put a crap load of time and effort into your project. But I'm not just feeling the white.

    Look, I'm not trying to take a dig at you or anything, and if you want me to delete this comment I will. The rest of it looks awesome, I'm just not digging the white and I wish the Razer logo was bigger as well.

    I think it's just because I'm so used to black cases, in that case it's my problem.

    Besides, my wife always tells me all my taste is in my mouth, who am I to judge?
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2017
  19. Nazka

    Nazka Active Member

    @Fisz I will order them from CableMod, indeed. Top notch quality, sexy looks and their braided cables are famous for a reason.

    @Hucast you have the right not to like white cases, I personally don't like black cases.
     
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