How to Paint a Computer Case

Level of difficulty: Easy

A great way to make your drab looking computer seem new again is by painting its casing. This do-it-yourself project is easy on the pocket but is rather quite tedious. You will have to invest your time, effort, and patience on this task.

Materials Needed:
- Screwdriver
- Old Newspapers/Cartons
- Cotton Rag
- Denatured Alcohol
- 220 – 400-Grit Wet/Dry Sanding Paper
- Automotive Primer Spray Can
- Automotive Spray Enamel
- Water With A Few Drops Of Liquid Dish Detergent (For Wet Sanding)
Step 1
Turn off your computer and unplug. Allow sufficient time for it to cool down.
Step 2
Cover the floors of your work area with old newspapers or cartons. An ideal work area is the one that is not too cold, windy, or humid.
Step 3
Locate the screws and clips on your computer. Carefully remove the casing. All other components and parts not for painting should be placed a safe distance away.
Step 4
Clean the computer case. A clean canvas is important to achieving a smooth, lump-free, and longer-lasting paint job. Remove all stickers, Velcro, and other things pasted on the casing.
Step 5
Remove the existing paint using the 220-grit sandpaper. Sand down the entire surface one at a time in a vertical direction until no old paint is visible.
Step 6
Clean the sanded surface by wiping it with a cotton rag to which denatured alcohol has been applied. Wait for the case to dry.
Step 7
You are now ready to apply the first coat of the primer to the dried surface. Spray a thin coat on the case. Make sure that all surfaces are covered especially the corners and edges. Let the first coat dry through. Follow the instructions printed on the can for drying time. Note that spray painting requires a steady hand. Practice spray painting to achieve thin, even strokes. The recommended distance is 8 – 12 inches away from the object.
Step 8
Lightly wet the sand the primer coat, this time using the 400-grit sand paper. Let the case dry well.