In the next few days I hope to get my hands on a Quicksilver case. I fancy refinishing it in black. Anyone got any tips as to how to go about this? I want to achieve a reasonable quality of finish. I know painting plastic can be a bit dodgy, paint reacting with the plastic and all that!
Rit, I'm not an expert by any means but I know that there are paints specifically formulated for refinishing things like the vinyl door panels in a car. The brand I've heard good things about is plasti-kote. Their How-To seems very informative. Here's a link;
I was looking for a site that showed you how to remove the paint from the inside of the plastic panels. I will put it up if I can find it again. Here you go!
That Black MDD does look the business. I was looking on the intel site and they have a micro BTX board that may be the ultimate G4 hackintosh. It would require some major surgery as the processor ends up where the front HDD's and drive cage are. But I still love the look of the MDD chassis, even if it did suffer from bad air circulation!
I am no expert but it sounds like the stuff to me. Guess you need to try on a bit of plastic that is not seen, just to check it does not damage it. If it does not dissolve the plastic, then I am sure it will remove the paint. I think from what I heard from various people, that it is fairly labour intensive. Maybe best to leave overnight to soften things up so to speak.
Rit, For a cheap source (I think) of really pure (99.9%) Isoproply Alcohol you might look for a product called Iso Heet. It's a fuel system drier that is available at most automotive chain stores. I use it to clean thermal paste off GPUs, CPUs etc. I think it's about $.99 for a 16oz bottle . Might just do the trick.
Picked up the Quicksilver today. It's actually a nearly a complete unit, the only thing missing is the CPU. I got the thing of unwantedmacs.co.uk. It was sold to me as just the case alone. I guess the logicboard is faulty, or something like that. I don't think I can make us of any of the extra stuff, shame.
The case itself is in okay condition, it's intact and free from cracks. There are a few scuffs, but I think they will polish out. ;D ;D ;D
Should make the basis for a fine hackie, I always liked the Quicksilver case - looks classy and should take a micro ATX without too much fuss. I also like MDD's but it's definitely a BTX motherboard for one of them. Would be great to see one in another colour, other than Grey!
Just measuring things up. The LB of the QS is 11.5" wide. A full ATX MB is 12" wide. I'm wondering if ,with a little case surgery, I couldn't get a full ATX board to go in there? I would need to drop the board back a little, to the widest part of the tray, and move the IO plate back accordingly. Not easy, but possible maybe?
Main thing to look out for is the CD drive, or are you planning a slot drive mod again? Would certainly be nice to get a full board in there. The biggest problem may be if you have to make a slot higher than the current graphics slot as the drop down door starts to narrow there.
The CD/DVD won't be a problem. I'll use a laptop slot-loader again. I may even have it pop out of the top like the Mac Cube. Your point about the IO slots is spot on. I don't mind loosing a couple of slots, but I will have to make sure I retain access to a PCI-E 16x slot for the GFX card. I will have to have a close look at the available motherboards.
Post by originalmacnut on Aug 11, 2008 15:39:08 GMT
This might be a stretch, But what about using the eraser wheel the they use in the automotive repair shops? They use them for taking decals and pin stripes off, I bet after a good soak & with the wheel, taking off the paint would be effortless.