I've re-modified this post to be more official. We are away!
I've kept this under wraps for a little while, but now is a better time as any to get this going. It'll help me kick myself into gear to get it across the finish.
Meet my mascot - Tina the stuffed Alpaca. Tina approves of the V71.
First off - I stripped the case. Top panel. Front Panel. Side panels. I stripped it down 'till it was #### naked. This is an easy process with the V71.
And now, the hard work begins.
I grabbed the case front panel and very patiently (which may or may not have had excessive amounts of cursing) began prying the front mesh away from the front plastic.
I am by no means a handyman. But I love to learn, and I love to do things as best as I can.
I reached a point where I had no choice but to dremel two of the centre mesh metal clips. Several thousand more curse-words later - I did succeed in separating the two.
If you're wanting to do this at home, I recommend a pair of long nosed pliers, a thin towel/fabric and patience. Don't resort to the dremel like I did. I felt like Jeremy Clarkson after with a chainsaw.
I decided that because the colour of choice was necessary to be bright as possible, I had this notion in my head that a white primer was best.
After a lot of cleaning, de-dusting, de-oiling with some light metho - the primer was applied.
I've been told there are grey primers that may have been better than what I had chosen - nonetheless I went ahead and primed:
(I note that the above images is over two days. We had some nice hot days in Sydney, Australia during this process which really helped.
I also had some modder's mesh lying around for a different case mod and I decided to test the bonding between the paint and the primer.
This turned out to me mostly good, however I noticed that the paint did take a lot longer to dry.
I've been told that primers and paints can have different chemical mixtures and can sometimes have issues sticking to each other. Anyone else have this experience?
Unfortunately, Sydney Australia was hit with a huge number of storms and this delayed more painting greatly. There were a couple of great sunny weekends to do more painting, but we were either reluctant for fear of more whacky weather, but also the fear that the paint wouldn't correctly stick and we monitored the modder's mesh test closely.
I've managed to get the first coat of red onto the front. It will DEFINITELY need some sanding to get the coats right, but it's a labour of love as I'm sure many of you know.
But the red was a good choice.
The reason for such a bright red is because I want the end result to have two very different looks.
By day - it will have layers of red and black all compiled together. The mesh will be staying unpainted and as-is. The red honeycomb will peek through the mesh exactly like this:
And by night? -Well - that's something I'll have to show when I have the parts. (Still on the hunt for CPU cooling, GPU, SSD, Fans, 3mm LED's and many other little items to add - Saving in November with Xmas around the corner is just - INSANE!)
Just in case I drop the ball on the painting, I'm ordering a second front and top panel (with thanks to this forum for directing me there. Thank you guys).
I'm also calling up some friends who are handy with a soldering iron to help me out further. As soon as my funds come through, I'll be investing in some more paint and some tools to commence dismantling my PSU.