Entry level build for a friend with a little bit of custom painting . Had a fun time building and painting this one. Did a 24 hour burn in and got average temps of 45c. I'm by no means a hardcore builder but I do love making things different/unique by custom paint and airbrushing. Currently working on a FF14 themed build for my Girlfriend, post that as soon as it is complete
Thanks a bunch for your comments below and because of your comments I realized I should have been more detailed in my description, so here it goes. First off, if you are going to paint your case please do it right, it's a little bit more work but the finish and longevity will be so much better.
materials I used: 800-1000-1500-2000 grit wet/dry sand paper about $6 for each pack at my local auto parts store. It was only going to be a 3 stage process but my inexperience with the spray on glue made it a 4 stage. Had to sand it down with the 800 grit, to bare metal in some areas, and re-paint with the white and start over with the design. :)
Dragon stencil, had several different ideas and did some research on line and found this stencil design and found out it cost $17.99, so I cheated and made my own for about $3
Thin plastic folder for school or business, $3, cut this up to make my own stencil. Drew the design laid it under this folder traced it with a marker and cut. got luck and did it on the first try.
Rustoleum 2x ultra cover paint-primer semi-gloss white, $5, got this just in case I messed up and needed to paint the whole case over. By sheer dumb luck this shade of white is a spot on match for this case so when I did mess up I could spot paint to fix any mistakes.
Rustoleum 2x ultra cover paint-primer Ford Deep Blue Gloss, $5, I have always loved the Blue/White color scheme since I saw my first Shelby Cobra, that deep rich blue with white stripes with the interior matching. I just reversed it on this case. Could not get the right color when I was mixing my airbrush paints and did some on line searches and found this.
Elmer's spray on adhesive, $3, used this to make the stencil stick to the case as tight as possible, minimize over spray. Found out the hard way that it will leave a sticky residue behind when you peel it off after spray, damn near impossible to get off and it changed to the blue color when I tried to clean it off even after I let the paint dry. Paint thinner, 800 grit sand paper and a fresh coat of white it was time for round 2. Learned that if you spray the glue on lightly and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes then stick the stencil to a clean hard surface let it stay for about 2-4 minutes it will leave all the residue on that surface, in this case it was my motherboard box. :)
Painters tape, $3-$7, just about any kind of painters tape works. Used this to cover and protect all areas I didn't want painted and used it in the final stage of painting to cover the design so I could use the white paint to spray over any over spray.
Automotive Clear-coat spray, $9, used this to seal all painted areas for longevity and to make the colors pop a little more. 4 coats
The whole process was fairly simple, spray then wet sand with 800 grit, repeat with 1000 grit and then 1500 grit. Final coat then sand with 2000 grit and clear-coat with 2000 grit in between coats. I let all paint coats dry and seal for about 24 hours sometimes longer due to my schedule and let the clear-coat have about 2 hours between coats.