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Noctua Fan Respray

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by HeX, 28 May 2019.

  1. HeX

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Jun 2004

    Posts: 11,969

    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    Decided I didn't want to shell out £26 to replace a perfectly good working fan from my D-15S with a Chromax version. So... covered all the fan fins and power cable with clingfilm, then got to work with the spraypaint. Did 4 layers leaving about 20-30 mins between each (forgot to get a before shot, just google any noctua fan and you can soak in all that creamy beige-ness that I was aiming to get rid of!)

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    The finished article after removing all the protective clingfilm. No more beige! Nice clean white, lovely.

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    Fan refitted to the D-15S, looks much better. Might have to think about swapping the rubber mounts to black ones in the future...

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    Decided to do the little covers that run down the inside of the Phanteks P400S a the same time. Originally they were all black, thought making them white would add some nice contrast to an otherwise boring bit of case.

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    Finally a shot of it all together, very happy with how it's turned out!

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  2. EsaT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 6 Jun 2008

    Posts: 8,869

    Location: Finland

    With their pricing Noctua should afford Chinese slave worker to do the same at factory...

    Everything black is indeed annoying and boring.
    It would be like all black or dark gray photograph.
    I would take good old colour coding over it any day.
     
  3. harvey.l12

    Hitman

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    Location: Chesterfield, UK

    This is something different and never seen before. Awesome job
     
  4. Infiniteey

    Gangster

    Joined: 23 Sep 2014

    Posts: 173

    Nice. Bit late to the post, but I'm looking to do this too. What paint would be suitable for this? acrylic?
     
  5. Donnie Fisher

    Hitman

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    Location: Doon the watah ... Scotland

    What sort of paint did you use ?
     
  6. MrPotato

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Mar 2017

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    Location: Cambridge

    Nice work. Personally hate with a passion the Noctua's colour scheme.
     
  7. harvey.l12

    Hitman

    Joined: 29 Oct 2014

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    Location: Chesterfield, UK

    Yeah brown and beige never did it for me
     
  8. HeX

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Jun 2004

    Posts: 11,969

    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    I just used some spare Plasti-kote matt white I had in the shed :D Always worked well, and the fan is still working and looking great.
     
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  9. harvey.l12

    Hitman

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    Location: Chesterfield, UK

    Is that permanent paint? Or like a peal-able plastic coat?
     
  10. HeX

    Capodecina

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    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    Just normal acrylic spray AFAIK - it was the multi purpose stuff - called Twist & Spray on here https://plasti-kote.co.uk/products

    I imagine most will work fine as long as you clean up the fan first and do it in fine layers.
     
  11. LuckyBenski

    Mobster

    Joined: 28 Dec 2017

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    Location: London

    The peelable stuff is called Plasti Dip :)
     
  12. LePhuronn

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Sep 2010

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    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    I'll be going down the vinyl dye route personally. Paint is adding a layer over the top of the fan which runs the risk of unbalancing the blades if you get it too thick in a certain place. Vinyl dye physically changes the colour of the plastic itself so there's no new material.

    Looks good though!