Alienware AGA Painting - Any tips for small letters?

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  1. illuMinniti

    illuMinniti Notebook Evangelist

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    So I am almost ready to paint my AGA and I kinda wanna keep the small Alienware letters the gloss black color that they are. I have tried covering them with different tapes and using a xacto knife to kinda cut the tape away from the outside of the letter but it seems like a real pain and wasn't working out well, while also scratching it a bit. I'm hoping the paint just doesn't stick well to it since it is very smooth and glossy, but does anyone have any idea of how I can just fill in the letters decently to cover them from paint?

    This is the letters on the AGA -
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    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Maybe there's some kind of silicone putty or a substance you could press into the letters that that wouldn't adhere but would be firm enough that you could paint over it. Then you'd just remove it from the letters after painting.

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    illuMinniti Notebook Evangelist

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    I was actually thinking of something similar, but then I figured if any small amounts of paint got under it, it would look way worse than just painting it all the same color. But maybe you are right, there could be some kind specifically made to withstand leaks.
     
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    I finally finished screwing with my AGA and painting it. I did attach the fan with zip ties, since they are easily removable if ever need be and most importantly, effective. Its a low RPM fan but it performs very well while being quiet, so there is no problem with vibrations using zip ties. It has some flaws, for some reason the lid won't fully sit on the left side, its about 2mm raised. I assume its due to the EVGA power link since its sits tall. Since it was winter I kinda made the rookie mistake of rushing with paint and applying a thick heavy coat, which of course leaked onto the black plastic vent and doesn't look too nice. But overall I am satisfied with it, because it hides all the flaws of modifying the PSU and 140mm fan inside of it. The camera flash makes it look kinda neon orange, so I took some pics without flash that shows the dark red it would look in natural light. Also what the pics don't show, is the BeQuiet fan came with a SATA power adapter, so I am using that to power the fan. More pics in imgur album link - https://imgur.com/a/FAqxis4

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    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    Looks good.
     
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    Thanks. It was my first time spray painting something, so its far from perfect due to many mistakes. But in indoor lighting, the mistakes are barely noticeable. Definitely more enjoyable to see it in red than the boring plastic black color. Considering it was 4$ Krylon paint that I used in 40-50F degree weather, it works extremely well and would definitely use their colorMaxx paints again. They only handle up to about 120F temp-wise according to their customer support, but I don't see that being a problem with all the airflow inside the AGA.

    The important thing though is instead of the GPU hitting 80C, the GPU hits 60-62C. And way less coil whine since the stock PSU was extremely loud.
     
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