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Paint

That Perfect Finish

Creativity drives us to be different. Or does it? Does our mind realize that we are being creative, or is this just normality, outside the norm of what people consider normal?

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SAVAGE SOLVENTS

To put it simply, spray paint is a pressurized can filled with paint and solvent. Certain plastics and rubbers will dissolve in these solvents, meaning spray paints can sometimes unexpectedly ruin your materials.

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Don’t Pray, Spray

Spray paint cans can be inconsistent. There can be insufficient pressure from a clogged stem, the nozzles can become obstructed and sputter, and sometimes you just forget to shake the can enough.

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Digital Camo Paint Job

OK, so you have your ultra awesome themed PC built but there is just something missing. Customizing your peripherals is another way to take your build to the next level.

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Poppin’ Paint Cans

Spray paint cans are a remarkably stable combination of high pressure gasses and flammable chemicals. However, this stability can be seriously compromised by exposing the can to unusual situations.

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BAD BRISTLES

Acrylic paint is a great, cheap paint for modifying your hardware. For a few dollars you can get a couple bottles of paint and a handful of paintbrushes, and you’re on your way.

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Overspray Will Ruin Your Life

Whenever you use spray paint, you’re creating a small cloud of paint particles. This cloud can settle on nearby surfaces, coating everything in dust or still-wet paint.

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CONFOUNDING CAPS

It can be hard to find the perfect spray paint for your case, and confounding caps certainly don’t help. For example, look at this comparison of a Rust-oleum lid next to a cap painted with its contents.

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Case Lighting

LED Light Strip

Sixteen different vibrant colors in order to illuminate and bring any computer work space to life. The Computer LED Light Strip can be easily applied to most hardware and customized to fit a user’s needs and mood.

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Install LED Lighting

We’ve come a long way from ye olde flickering neon tubes. Now we’ve got LED strips that are brighter, turn on faster, conform better to your case, and can cycle through all the colors of the RGB spectrum—automatically or by remote! So in a single afternoon you can go from dim, fragile bulbs that make your rig look like something out of of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation to one that would’ve been right at home at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Cutting

Acrylic: Hole Saw

When working with acrylic you will quickly find that not all acrylic is created equally. Without going in-depth into types of acrylic, I will simply comment that different forms of acrylic can be easier to work with, and in turn yield better results.

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Metal Fabrication

I’ve had many comments saying I wish I had a CNC Machine to make stuff like that. I wish I did too! Out of necessity and stubbornness I have learned to make a lot of things with basic hand tools.

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Power Supply Jumper

This trick is nothing new, but it is a much elegant approach than the classic, “Jam a paper clip into the green line and ground line to jolt the PSU!” What exactly am I talking about? Well that’s simple my friends!

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Better Airflow for your case

No one builds PC cases like Red Harbinger. Don’t take it from us - have a look for yourself. Even calling them mere cases seems understated, almost disrespectful. They’re more like thrones upon which your components can regard the rest of the world’s rigs with detached pity. But that doesn’t mean that they’re hands-off affairs.

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Special Effects

Old & Faded Plastic Look

I am going to show you how to make the Plastic on your case to look worn and faded.

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Age Your metal case

Quick and easy!

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rust and worn

I finally got to do a part of a case mod that I have always wanted to do the most, creating a rust effect. I know that some can make it by being a master of the airbrush – which I am not- or using stuff from the local craft store.

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Metal Polishing

Making Shiny Things

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Custom Decals

Want a Decal on that case window that no one else has, but don't know how to create it?

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Tools (Pre-Modding Prep)

Safety Comes First

Hey guys! I want to take a few minutes of your day to talk about safety when modding.

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A Better Case Mod

You have been bitten by the modding bug and you have finished your first case mod from either a Plain-Jane or pre-modded case.

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Protect Your Face

High speed cutting tools are powerful staples of fabrication and modding, and require equally effective safety equipment. Ceramic cutting wheels can shatter in an instant, and cutting metal or plastic throws out a spray of eyeball-injuring particles. Wearing safety glasses or a face shield is a must.

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Work Lights

Strong, reliable work light is an absolute must if you want to be a modder. Most residential lighting simply isn’t bright enough to see small details and imperfections in your work. Fortunately, it’s easy and cheap to outfit your work area with strong, direct light.

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Power Supply Sleeving Tools

For those of you that want to take your case mod to the next level you will need to make sure that you wiring is the best it can be. There are different ways to get the end results but you need to make sure that you have the correct tools.

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14 Essential Tools

Like a car mechanic, a do-it-yourself PC gamer isn’t much good without the proper tools; you wouldn’t want to tighten those screws that hold your GPU to the case with your fingers, after all. That’s why we created the ultimate list of tools that’ll keep you covered under almost any situation (even on the go).

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Plexiglass (What you need to know)

Plexiglass 101

Plexiglass comes in many different names, colors, and thicknesses. The types are very important as some are more flexible, scratch resistant or heat retardant.

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Plex Bending

I get asked all the time “How did you bend the Plex for your UTMod?”. After trying to explain it to people and describe what a heating element was, I finally decided to write this handy How-to.

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Others

12V Pump Switch

If you have a water cooled PC and are worried that one day you will neglect to turn on the pump and end up frying your hardware then this is a definite must read guide.

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Modding 101: Switches

Modding 101

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Acrylic: A Case Modder’s Material

Panel, panel on the wall who is the fairest acrylic of them all?

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Cable Sleeving

Sleeve Your Cables

Everybody digs a gaming rig with a slick custom chassis. But if you pop open the panel and cabling guts tumble forth like something out of an HR Giger nightmare, you’ve got a problem. Your components deserve better.

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