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Introduction

Up until now case painting is something often only attempted by the most avid of case modders among us. Painting a case can be a tricky business, and to get it done correctly often requires a lot of time and expensive tools.

However, the end result from a well resprayed case can be amazing, and most people will be in awe of your unique enclosure that breaks away from the dull black and silver units that fill the market.

Enter Extreme Prometeia, a company that has focused on specialist PC projects for the niche market since in 1994. Traditionally offering radical high-end PC systems based around Prometeia phase change systems built into custom modified Lian Li cases, EP-UK has recently expanded its list of services to include powder coating.

Powder coating is quite different to the usual method of spray painting, and actually offers a lot more flexibility. The basic principle behind powder coating is that the paint is applied to the part in powder form, and then baked at high temperatures of around 600°c which causes the powder to melt and adhere to the part. For obvious reasons this means that powder coating cannot be performed on any part incapable of withstanding high temperatures.

The major advantage of powder coating is that it can be evenly applied to all internal and external parts of a case by electrostatically charging the powder. This means that the powder has the ability to be sprayed around corners allowing for all the hidden parts of your case internals to get a thorough coating. A powder coated finish is also VERY tough and considerably harder to scratch or chip than a traditional spray painted finish.


The Candidate

The lucky case receiving a makeover today is my very own Silverstone TJ03 Aluminium tower. I originally bought this case for a 'no bling' water cooling project I was working on, but after hearing about Extreme Prometeia's services, just had to send it away for them to work their magic on.

Silverstone TJ03 Silverstone TJ03

Yes, yes I really should cut my grass, but lets concentrate on the case - it looks rather bland doesn't it?

So what colour should we go for? Well after days of looking at colour swatches and posting polls in the OC3D forums, I finally came to the decision that I wanted red - Ferrari red to be precise. In addition to this, I was also going to leave certain parts of the case black for a contrasting scheme.

For a full list of available colours and discussion of tailored requirements contact sales@extremeprometeia.com.

Silverstone TJ03 Silverstone TJ03

Luckily the parts of the case I wanted sprayed were very easy to remove being held in place with only a few screws. You can of course send your whole case over to EP-UK, but in the interest of saving on shipping costs I decided to dismantle my TJ03 and only send the bare essentials.

Good packaging is a must, so be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap, tape and other packaging when sending your case to avoid any damage from the courier complicating your powder coating job.



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The Final Result

The estimated turnaround for most powder coating jobs is 5 days providing everything goes without a hitch. Unfortunately my case was subject to a couple of issues that held up the powder coating process. The mesh window seen on page #1 which was installed by another case modification website had been held in place with glue, going against my wishes to have it held in place with screws. This meant that the panel could not be powder coated as the glue would have melted during the baking process, ruining the powder coated finish.

After arranging for a new side panel to be sent to Extreme Prometeia, everything progressed swiftly and in 4 days, the following package arrived on my doorstep....

Extreme Prometia Box Extreme Prometia

Obviously intent on putting my packaging job to shame, EP-UK went to the extra effort of padding out the box with numerous air cushions to make absolutely sure that none of the panels would rattle around during transit.

It wasn't long before I'd emptied the box and ripped all of the packaging off. So without further ado...the money shots..

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Extreme Prometeia Powder Coating Extreme Prometeia Powder Coating

The colour and cover of the panels was in a word: Excellent. You may notice a slight 'Orange Peel' effect on the surface of the panels, but this is purely down to the nature of Powder Coating. What you need to remember is that Powder Coating is MUCH more durable than any other kind of painted finish, and is ideal for computer cases which are likely to take the odd knock or scratch during their travels to LAN parties.

Silverstone TJ03 Red Silverstone TJ03 Red

Silverstone TJ03 Red Silverstone TJ03 Red

Silverstone TJ03 Red Silverstone TJ03 Red

Putting the case back together it was clear to see that I'd made the right choice with the colour. The black front contrasts great against the bright red paintwork. You may be wondering why I don't currently have a plexiglass window on my side panel..well its currently away at EP-UK being modded to accept a 7" touchscreen TFT! Maybe I'm slightly biased, but I love the new look of this case. Why don't you let me know your opinions in our forums?



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Conclusion

Without a doubt, changing the colour of your PC case from the usual drab black or silver is the single biggest way to make your system stand out from the rest.

Extreme Prometeia have taken the effort and expense out of respraying your case by providing an affordable and quality powder coating service to anyone looking for an extreme way of changing the looks of their PC.

Priced at £90 (Excl. VAT) for powder coating the exterior of your case or £130 for both the interior and exterior, powder coating is certainly a more affordable than traditional spray painting and anodising and yet still produces excellent results. More information about EP-UK's powder coating service can be found here.


Pro's
+ Excellent results.
+ Choice of a wide range of colours.
+ Cheaper than any other methods.
+ Fast turnaround.
+ Great customer service.

Con's
- Jealousy from other PC enthusiasts!
- Slight 'Orange Peel' effect common to powder coating.


Editors Choice

Thanks to Extreme Prometeia UK for performing this modification.

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