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Project Alternate (Pc in a Desk)


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Incredible Desk! what type of material are you using for the desk it selves? Look's pretty nice to work with :) Subbed

Thanks Julian :)

Its mainly MDF wood, it cheap & strong but has its downsides

You need to use a good dust mask as cutting & sanding MDF can cause health problems,

Its fluffy on the inside so swells when damp/painted so needs some extra care.

some parts need extra reinforcement as screws don't hold as well as they would in more solid woods

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In this update Iv done the final MDF primer & white primer coats on the whole of the desk,

Cut the MB tray & added a 200mm fan to the base of the desk

 

 

MDF primer

 

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The standard PC case tray

 

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3 big holes made in line with the fan that will be directly under the MB tray

 

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Cut for the 200mm fan

 

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heres the desk after the full primer, still lots to do in preparation for the paint

 

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Heres a shot with the glass on

 

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Should have some photos of the final finish im looking in the next update, soon as this has been done the desk will be ready to come 

inside the house for the internal components & modding to continue

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Got my paints & been working on the smaller parts of the desk, wanted to double check the finish & 

practice applying the paints before doing the bigger parts of the desk.

 

because of the deadly fumes in the basecoat & 2K/2pac clear, Im best doing it in 4 stages over the 

space of 2 to 3 weeks.

 

im also short on space, so by painting the bottom sections & then letting them dry (harden) I can then 

add the middle section  back on top & paint that, same for the top section.

 

 

This is the box of paints, cant believe it cost me over £100 :o

should have stuck with vinyl, would have been less messy & a bit cheaper lol

 

Black Basecoat with thinners, 2K/2pac clear matte with hardener & thinners 

 

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this is the base & thinners to be mixed for the bottom coat/base

 

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primed ready for painting, still needed cleaning down at this part

 

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3 stages of basecoat black applied, still wet at this stage

 

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while the basecoat was still tacky I applied the clear coat, because you cant sand the base & clear during any stages as it would alter the appearance of the finish, 

the whole process has to be done within about 1hrs from start to finish with no room for

errors :o 

 

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From wet to dry, the photos will show how the finish changes over day

 

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stuck them back on the desk to see how it looks & try imagine the whole desk painted

 

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out of everything iv done so far, this painting has been the hardest part, I hope the extra effort was worth it in the end :D

 

What do you all think to the colour so far?

 

Im happy for now, but really need to see it all done & with some red added

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Looks awesome so far! Lol at the Mister Bean poster. :P

 

The color / finish looks superB!

 

Cheers, Pim

 

Thanks Pim,  good to see everyone so far likes the black :)

apart from my wife, she said leave it white because I already make the house look to dark lol

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Almost forgot to add the 2x usb sockets to the front :o

 

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once that was done, I started on the painting, the 3 sections iv done so far took me about 2 weeks due to weather & drying times..

 

Bottom side sections

 

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Center compartment

 

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I'm not usually a fan of desk pc's. But this one is coming out really, really nice. Your attention to detail and execution are outstanding.

thanks for taking time to compliment me on something your not normally interested in :)

appreciated

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90% of the paintwork is now completed, 

as with the last parts I painted, the top is black base with clear matte (2k)

one final sanding to sharpen the edges

 

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A wipe down with some tac cloths before starting the 1st base

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small amount of water sprayed all around the desk to keep any dust down

 

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All the parts together, but not in the correct placed as the paint needs a couple of days/week to harden 

should give you a good idea as to what it will look like when assembled 

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