Best spray for painting EK Monarch RAM blocks

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  1. Tazor

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    Hey all,

    I have some EK Monarch RAM heatspreaders but they're too shiny and I want to paint them Matte black.

    Was wondering what people would recommend I use to do this? Something preferably something I can just buy from bunnings.

    Looking for that black powder-coated look.

    Any advise appreciated cos I'm a modding noob.

    Cheers,

    Tazor
     
  2. Matthew kane

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    Get etch primer, spray 2 coats over it - 10 mins dry time in between both coats.

    Get Dulux Metalshield semi gloss or matte finish spray paint. 2 even coats over with 3-5 minute dry time in between the coats.
     
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    Beautiful, do I need to sand back the surface of the modules or should the primer adhere to the Acetal pretty well?
     
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    I would recommend sanding it if you don't mind destroying the original surface finish.
     
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    I mean I'm spray painting it so I don't think I can destroy it any more xD
    Would you recommend a fine grain sand paper?
     
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    Fine grain 600 or 800 wet sand (black sand paper). Too low grit means the sand marks will show up on the finish. Advisable to experiment with the spray and color first.
     
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    The advice is good assuming you mean aluminium. My only concern is that you mention acetal which is nearly impossible to get paint to stick to. Nearly...

     
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    Yes, sorry I thought they were Acetal cos they have the same machining marks as old Acetal blocks, but they're actually just CNC Anodized Aluminium... Which is the problem, I hate the look of anodizing...
     
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    TBH sanding and painting that way might have worked on Acetal too provided you didn't need to pass a cross hatch test (Inside a PC case where it isn't going to be handled it probably wouldn't be required). You would just want to test before committing.
     
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