How to Paint a PC Case

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Most of the computers sold by major companies, like Microsoft, Sony, HP and Dell, come housed in standard, solid-colored cases. While these cases are functional at protecting the delicate components inside, they can look a bit boring. If you would like to customize the case of your PC to give it a more unique and interesting appearance, one of the simplest ways to do so is to give the PC case a new paint job.

Things You'll Need

  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Dust cloth
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Stencils
  • Protective gloves
  • Clearcoat spray
  • Create a rough surface for the paint to stick to by running a sander with medium-grit sandpaper over the entire surface of a metal case. Use a coarser-grit sandpaper for sanding a plastic case, such as 400 grit.

  • Remove the dust on the surface of the case with a soft cloth. Dust will impede the painting process, and if it isn't removed, it will show up on the case once it is finished.

  • Prime the PC case with spray primer. Make sure you get a primer that is made for metal surfaces if you are painting a metal case or for plastic surfaces if you are painting a plastic case. Spray the case from the side, holding the primer can roughly 6 to 8 inches away from the surface. Use back and forth strokes, moving from the bottom of the case upward, and apply at least three coats.

  • Allow the primer to dry and inspect the case for primer drips. Sand down any drips with sandpaper and wipe down with the cloth to remove any dust from the case.

  • Spray-paint the PC case by moving back and forth up the case. Use an appropriate spray paint that is made specifically for metal or plastic, depending upon your case’s surface, and use four to five coats of paint for full coverage.

  • Let the main coat of paint sit until it is completely dry to the touch before adding designs to the case using stencils. To add stencil designs, wear protective gloves and hold the stencil flat against the case. Spray three to four layers of paint over the stencil and allow each design to dry before attempting to add another stencil design.

  • Protect your paint job and give it a high-gloss finish by spraying two to three coats of Clearcoat over the entire case. Wait two to three days after the paint job to apply Clearcoat.

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