SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More

Written by Dave Alcock

June 16, 2017 // 2:20 p.m.

Tags: #brushed-aluminium #corsair #hyperx #modding #paint #ssds #vinyl

Painting Mod


SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic
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Strangely enough, where we left off on page one is halfway through our second mod! I know, it's crazy, it's almost like I planned it! As I said previously, vinyl is really versatile when combined with a plotter. The nice design from before is now a useful stencil.

SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic
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Make sure you mask everything that you don't want to get paint on.

SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic
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When spraying, it's far better to use multiple light coats of paint rather than a single, heavy coat. Also, make sure you spray from different directions to ensure you don't miss anything. Using a bit of primer first wouldn't be a bad idea, either. In terms of paint, most normal spray paints will be fine, so work to your budget; just focus on getting the method and coatings right.

SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic
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Once you peel the vinyl off, you are left with something a little like this! It looks rather awesome if I do say so myself. bit-tech branded merch, anyone?

Acrylic Mod


SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic
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Now we have well and truly voided our warranty, let's take a step back and see how we could have done all of the above without having done so. For this, grab some acrylic. Anything over 1.5mm in thickness would be ideal, as it's a little easier to work with. You will also need a ruler, an engineer's square (or similar), a pen, and some kind of cutting device. I am using my old, trusty, knackered junior hacksaw, as it was next to me, but you could use multiple tools to cut acrylic: hacksaw, Dremel, chop saw, Jigsaw, laser, and even a scribe. Regardless of how you do it, measure twice, cut once!

SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic
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Once the bit of acrylic is cut to size, you can round off the edges by using some sandpaper or a file. It would be best to mark what kind of curve you want before sanding, but as this is just a scrap bit of acrylic that's going in the bin after this guide, I did it quickly. Once the acrylic is finished, it can be stuck onto the SSD. I usually use some double-sided tape or pads.

SSD Modding: Vinyl, Painting, Brushed Aluminium, and More SSD Modding - Painting and Acrylic
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Now, once again, you are left with a blank canvas like we had originally after peeling off the sticker. You could paint or use vinyl on top of this and the warranty would still be intact, as it could simply be removed. You could also do some crazy designs with the acrylic or add other colours as inlay, etc.
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