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Krylon Spray Paint

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If you're either too poor or too lazy to do a painting job with high-quality automotive paint, the hardware section of your local Wal-Mart may have an answer! For this review, I took an InWin Q500 case and a bunch of Krylon white primer, High-Gloss Yellow, High-Gloss Orange, and Clear Coat to make..."Sunshine".

The first step of course is to sand down the case. This is extremely important with Krylon. Even the bare case has some sort of coating on the metal which prevents the paint from sticking properly, so a few hours with an orbital sander were spent, first with 60 grit sandpaper and then with 320 grit sandpaper until it had an almost aluminum-like finish.

Next came the primer. Krylon cans have a tendency to spray big nasty drops of paint onto the surface, so be wary of this and clean the tip if it starts to get clogged by holding the can upside down and spraying until only gas out, then wiping off the spray tip. Best results were achieved by holding the can 8-10 inches from the surface and moving the can no faster than 3 inches per second. For this case I primed the entire interior chassis and all visible external panels, applying five coats of primer until I could no longer see the metal underneath.

Next came the paint. The interior chassis was painted orange and the visible external surfaces yellow. A very important piece of advice to apply many light coats of paint. On one side panel I applied six heavy coats of paint while on the other I applied twelve light coats of paint. The light coats look nice and the paint didn't run. Another very important part is to ensure the paint dries completely between coats! If the paint is only half-dry, you get the effect of a paint "sheet" in which the layers of paint & primer peel off of the metal like a piece of paper. Not cool! I recommend letting the painted surface air dry for at least an hour and then heating it up with either a powerful blow dryer or sticking it in an over for 15-20 minutes to ensure it is dry.

Finally came the clear coat. Do not touch any surface while you are applying clear coat as both the clear coat and the paint will come off the case. I applied six light coatings. It also helps once you are finished to apply Turtle Wax to the finished case to keep the glossy shine.

Additionally, don't forget to lightly sand down the paint with 600 grit sandpaper between coats. This helps cover up drip marks and keeps the coats sticking to each other.

The main thing to remember while using Krylon is to be slow and patient. It took me almost two weeks to paint this case, but I'm glad I waited because otherwise it wouldn't have come out very good. Krylon isn't as good as a quality automotive paint job, but that can be very expensive if you don't have access to the right equipment and makes quick repairs easy too!


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