Not really much of a guide. Turns out Krylon isn’t too bad at all. It’s basically regular spray paint made for plastics. Stuff bonds decently with enough coats and given time to dry. I definitely didn’t do this perfect, so don’t take this as some kind of gospel. Nobody in my neighborhood knew anything of paints, so I had to go off Google and luck myself. ^o^
Basically cleaned off the entire thing with soap and water. Making sure to clear it of dust and any kind of debris. At this point I didn’t know anything about sanding or priming, and I thought I was using Vinyl dye so I did no kind of prep before hand. Knowing what I know now, I might have sanded it down a bit with some really fine paper, like 1500 grit to smoothe down the plastic for a smoother first coat. Krylon works decently without it though, but it would have helped.
Coat it about 75%, like all the guides on the net say, go side by side. I liked to spray away from the project slightly and then ONTO the project. Basically start spraying off the case then onto it, and then when you stop spraying be off the case. The beginning and end of a spray are more likely to leave “speckles”. If you’re using Vinyl dye this probably is a non-issue (I hate myself sometimes lol)
At this point you can now cover it up with a decent coat, remembering to go side by side and ensuring proper time between coats. Wait for the thing to dry. My can said 15m, but it’s still cold out in my garage, so I didn’t give it the time I think it needed. I ended up doing this by overdoing the front and not waiting till it dried.
Ugly isn’t it? I was pretty angry at this point because the case itself was looking good as hell by this point. This is where I waited nearly an entire day for it to “soak into the plastic” and realized that it wasn’t Vinyl dye. Normally with Vinyl dye you would leave this alone and it wouldn’t be an issue. However since I’m using special paint and nothing more, this means I had to sand the entire front of the case down.
Avoiding this would have been preferred. Don’t spray too close to the thing. Make sure you’re nice and dry before you do another coat, and don’t linger on a spot. Make sure you start and finish off the case. In this case I think Is tarted and ended in the same spot, (Since I go left to right and back).
No pictures, but basically I took some 1500 grit sandpaper and dry sanded that part down, trying to get off the biggest part of the drip down as close to the plastic as I could. Then after some time with that, took some 600 grit sandpaper and wetsanded it (sanding it down with some water applied. I actually did it by a sink.)
The entire thing disappeared, and now I was cool to respray the front. This time being one patient mofo. Do yourself a favor and get vinyl dye if you do your case, you won’t have to deal with this BS.
The turbo area was fun. It’s very, very easy to take apart. Just take it out of the case. Don’t have to unplug anything. Just unscrew the side screws to remove the plastic housing out of the case, and the 4 metal screws on the PCB to remove it from the turbo housing itself.
There will be a bunch of plastic pieces. The Guide button pops off, so does the turbo button. The plastic “lights” are one big plastic rig that pops right out if you tap on the front with a pen or something. Easy mode. :tup:
In the end, I had some light chipping on the top “thin” part of the case where the panel ends around the edge of the frame. Not alot of coats there (I was terrified of getting drips again! lol), but I can retouch it by spraying into a small area and soaking a Q-tip I hear. Sorry that it looks so ugly in the final pics. The chipping happened when I was putting the plate back on the case. Takes seven days for Krylon to “cure” so another -10 points for not using Vinyl Dye! lol
Well this went on longer than I think it should have considering that I’m not a pro and this is a lamo guide. I think my end result turned out pretty ok. Thanks to all the people who helped me make this awesome stick. It’s 5am and I’m tired so I’ll edit the post with proper credit when I can.
If you do a vinyl dye job though, post a proper guide for those that want to paint their SE. It was fun as hell, and really makes your kit feel special. Unless you like white, in which case more power to you.
LS-32-01 /w Seimitsu PS-14-KN’s. Artwork Printed on Lamilabel by Kinkos.