Hiya fellow members of Modders Inc. and my Case Modding friends.
I just wanted to share with you How i paint my Custom PC's right at home! ( I also Paint cars Motorcycles,Helmets you name it Painting is my other passion)
If you are like me and are always modding something and have been using rattle cans for painting you know that yes it can look really good if done right .But Full blown auto paint would cost a fortune just to paint a Pc or 2 right?Well i have found the solution and have been using it on every thing i do now.I still use Urethane and enamels for some stuff but anything i want to look really Nice i use this setup.And believe it or not its very inexpensive to have a complete setup to paint anything.I don't think i can name any stores because i believe thats against the TOS.If i get word its not against the Tos to post the names of where to get the stuff,then i will edit and add them.Or you could always Pm me and i can tell you.Its a huge store that's all over the place is all i can say.
Ok Lets get started First you need to have an air compressor but thanks to new HVLP Spray guns it don't have to be nothing big.
I wont post a link but the name of the place to get most stuff listed besides the paint is Harbor Freight Tools and they have an online store also.
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What you would need:
A compressor like this at least: (Oil less!) I see them brand new for around $50. (Mines bigger but this is fine)r anything like it.
A couple beginner HVLP Guns to start with: Price i paid $8.99 for the detail gun and $12.99 for the fullsize. Tip size matters! To spray clear coat or Primer i recommend a 1.5 tip and for base coats you could still use the 1.5 tip but allot of times i thin my paint and spray with either a .08 tip or 1.0 tip Detail Gun (Great for Laptops or inside cases etc.) The results of the high end gun and cheap guns is all the same with the paint system i will get to in this guide: Heres some guns i started with and still use alot!
ALWAYS USE A MASK LIKE THIS! :
Ok you will need some sort of half decent water trap and air filter.I use 3 on my painting setup the water separator that came on my compressor then a half decent inline Water separator/Air filter with built in regulator and guage just to make it easier to adjust pressure.Mine cost $15.99 but i have seen them for $5.99 without the regulator if your compressor already has one.I also run another air filter at the gun handle they cost $2.99 very cheap.Heres my little Setup.The red filter is attached to my gun most of the time .i was blowing the dust out of my pc so i had it setup like that for a day.
That about all you really need for equipment roughly 100 bucks give or take a little to get started.(Remember it will look like a pro Painted it when your done and be way more durable then spray paint.)
Ok now heres what makes it inexpensive and look so good. There are better paints on the market that are way better but cost crazy prices if your just painting small stuff and need many different colors,Plus most other paints you have to know how to mix Reducer ,Hardener,Fish eye Eliminator and all kinds of other stuff.Very difficult for a beginner and very confusing.Heres what i use and recommend It cost roughly $20. a Quart and i thin it so you actually get more then a quart. That allot of paint for painting Pc'sI even use this paint in an Airbrush thinned way down with great results!The Paints Called Duplicolor Paintshop Series and it comes ready to spray,Yup thats right Strain it first and shoot or thin it with Lacquer Thinner and shoot. No mixing needed!They have Primer,Basecoats,metallic basecoats,Pearl basecoats,Prism cleacoats,Metallic clear mid coats .They have a lot of nice colors and you can mix the base coats if you want something different.Anyway heres what the paint looks like:
If you are painting Plastic you will also need a can of this .(YOU MUST USE THIS ON PLASTIC) Adhesion Promoter :
Ok that's about it besides maybe some tack rags i recommend and some dish soap and WET sandpaper (I but a multipack that starts at 400grit and goes to 1500 grit. runs around $3.99 for allot of it)