The victim: an old 787 Midtower ATX case. Cigarette
smoke has discolored the front bezel, there are also spots where it got hit with
a marker and it basically looks like something you would find sitting out by the
road on trash pick up day. It was a decent case back in the day but time has not
been kind to it, it's definitely not a pretty sight in its current condition... but that's
all about to change.
A view of the front of the case, you can see
where the marker hit it at the top.
The first thing you need to do is remove the drives and any
blanks, then unscrew the front bezel and set it aside. You will need to
remove the faceplates from your cd-rom drive and floppy drive. For the
cd-rom the tray must be in the ejected position for the tray face to slide up
and off, next push in the tabs and slide the drives faceplate off. Take
the front off the floppy by pressing in the tabs and slide it off. Take
the door off the floppy drive, there is a spring that you need to take notice
of, remember how it goes back on or the door won't flip down correctly when you
reassemble it. Remove the floppy drive's eject button and either mask off
or carefully pry off the clear plastic piece for the LED, I took the clear
plastic piece out and
the little tabs broke off but it's nothing a little superglue won't fix
Grab the front case bezel and flip it over, remove the reset
button and power button and any LED's. I marked the inside of the case
with a marker so that I would remember which LED's went where. Use a bowl
to put all your small parts and screws into so they don't get lost.
Wash all the plastic pieces with a mild soap
and water solution and allow them to dry completely, wash the drive pieces as
well and have a beer while you wait for them to dry.
Arrange all the plastic pieces so that you can
vinyl dye them, I use an old TV tray because it's convenient and sits at a good
height for painting. Break out the potato and cut it in half (bet you were
wondering why you needed a potato, right?). Jab the floppy eject button
and power button into the potato to keep them sitting level and make painting
Shake the can of vinyl dye well and start spraying
the parts. Vinyl dye is very quick drying, three coats took less than a
half hour to dry but I also sped things up with a hair dryer between
coats. Make sure you use the vinyl dye in a well ventilated area as it
stinks to high hell, especially when you hit it with a hair dryer. The
picture below shows what it looks like after one coat.
Give everything about three coats of vinyl dye,
have another beer and wait at least a half hour. Then you can start
putting the drives back together. Put the cases front bezel back together
as well by reinstalling the power button, the reset button and all LED's, then
set it aside.