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How-To: “Frame Off” PC Modding
May 20, 2006
Author: Geno Manufacturer: N/A
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Introduction




In the world of gear heads and car buffs, the term “Frame Off” is often heard in restoration circles to describe work so meticulously done that the car's body and drive train are separated from the chassis and the car is essentially disassembled so that every surface can be restored to a like new (or better than new in most cases) condition. Today, I am going to walk you through that same process for your case.

If painting is on your list of mods, then this guide on case painting will also come in handy. Before you can put a quality paint job on your case, however, it needs to be broken down to its component “bits” so that you can see, prep, and paint every surface. That means taking all the exterior panels, face plates, doors, and wires off of the case. It also includes drilling out the rivets that hold the carcass or chassis together, and after your paint is applied, reassembling it with new rivets.


Strip Show




Let's start by taking off everything that isn't riveted onto our case. This usually means both side panels, the face plate and bay covers, a PSU mounting plate, any drive cages, and any other parts that are clipped or screwed on. Use your eyes to see what is holding each part in place, take your time, and don't force a stubborn part—find the screw or clip you have missed. I always recommend that you use some sort of container for all the screws, nuts, and other assorted “bits” that accumulate during this process—one that separates them by location is best.


Wired And Switched


Once the face plate is off, you usually find some sort of front port connectors, power and reset switches, activity and power LED's, and sometimes a speaker. You could try to mask these off for the paint on the face of the front cover, but more often than not, this yields crappy results. It's better (and just as easy usually) to remove them for painting. Start by figuring out how these items are held in place. It might be screws, clips, integrated tabs, or even hot glue. I have even seen cases where they are “welded” in by way of having the plastic melted in a few spots.

I use a #11 X-acto knife blade to carefully pry any hot glue off or to separate the melted plastic if they are welded in. The tabbed ones are easy, just be careful not to break the tabs off. After painting, I reinstall them in their spots and for the ones that need hot glue, or that were welded in, I use the #11 blade and heat it in a torch, candle, or lighter, and melt a few new spots to hold the item in place. This will also work if you break a tab. I do not recommend super glue as removing the item in the future for any reason is virtually impossible.














 
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