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Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester

The Side Panels

Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels

The side panels of the Cosmos are probably one of the least exciting parts of the case. Of course, that's really not all that surprising - Cooler Master is well known for its great basics and well designed internals, not for cases full of pre-modded windows and lights!

Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels

The side panel started off with some hole planning, which would make room for the vents. Paul was never really as much of a fan of boring old windows when a little automotive "extra" could be applied.

Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels

With the vent fitted, it was time to send the panel to get a powder coating that would create a "base layer" of colour. The vent would then be affixed to the panel using some adhesive at first...

Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels

...and then some bondo. Once wet-sanded down to a smooth, satin-like finish (now you see why the powder coating...), it was time to move on.

Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels Cosmos Skulltrail by Coolmiester Side panels

The final step to the side panels was a paint job. By using a black base with the powder coating, the sides came together easily and Paul was able to shine them up to a mirror finish. It's more expensive and a bit of a pain, but if you need a method that will give you a reliable, true colour, this is it.