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UV Drawing Mod!
What can I say...this is a cheap and easy mod to do (providing you have
the patience and the time) and looks great once it's done. The designs
you can do are limitless, you can simply go over the traces with one color
and the solder points and other bits in a different color or if you feel
a little more confident you can draw a picture, your name, a symbol
To get the best results you will need at least 2,probably 3 UV Cold
Cathodes to make sure the UV reaches all the painted parts. I placed 1
on the bottom of the case,1 on the left side and 1 above, this pretty
much illuminates the whole case, providing great effects.
I started off by doing the graphics card which is an ATI 9800 Pro,
yes..I was a little worried in case I shorted the board, but I had been
told by many people that PCB's contain a plastic coating to prevent that
sort of thing happening, so with a bit more confidence I did it and
everything went well and now it looks better than ever :)
Once I'd finished the graphics card I decided to do the Motherboard but
with a different color combination, which also turned out very nice.
For this mod you will need the following:
Graphics card and / or
A screwdriver, to remove
the hardware from your PC case
· BIC Gel Intensity pens. Bear in mind that the best glowing colors are pink, orange, green and yellow. Dark colors such as blue, black and purple will not glow at all.
UV lighting in your case,3
cold cathodes will provide great results.
A tissue, in case you make
The motherboard took approximately 6 hours due to the same reasons as before, but
with a little patience everything went fine.
One of the best things about this mod is it's very cheap to do, a pack
of 2 BIC Gel Intensity pens can be found at most stationers for about
1,75 €.The UV lights are also very cheap,2 UV Cold Cathodes retail
online at about 2.49 UK Pounds (at www.ebuyer.com).
The first thing you need
to do is remove the hardware your going to mod from your case, this is
easily done with a screwdriver.
Once you have removed the
hardware use a dry tissue or cloth to remove any dust from it
Ok, now if you want to do
a different design to mine, I suggest you plan how you want it to look
before actually doing it as things can get messy if you make a mistake.
When your ready, grab the
orange gel pen and start going over the traces on the board (these are
the very thin lines that are all over the board). If there are a lot of
traces in one area, you don't necessarily have to paint them all as it
will look a bit messy, instead just paint one line, leave a couple and
continue painting the next line, believe me it will look a lot better
this way. Remember don't press too hard, just enough so that the ink
comes out, then go over the same line again a few times to give it a
Once your happy with it, put
away the orange and take out the green. If you prefer you can let the
orange dry a little firs, but the chances are it won't dry at all until
its in your case again (bear in mind it may never completely dry). Start
by coloring the solder points and other little connectors in green (or
any color you want), these will be a lot easier to paint than the traces, but
still give them a good coating anyway.
If you have some more colors,
use these to paint any other little objects you see can see on the
I decided to paint the heat sinks
too, if you want to, I suggest just painting a few lines on the top
instead of the whole thing as it may reduce it dispersing heat properly, if
you don't like how it looks after you've done it, simply take a tissue
and wipe it off.
Once you like how it all
looks and want to see its real effect, very carefully place it back in
your PC case, secure it, turn off the lights and power it up. You will
be surprised how much better it looks under UV.
The ink may never dry so whenever you have your case is open be very
careful not to smudge any of it, if you do, don't worry simply clean it
up a little with a tissue and paint that spot again.
Dust may settle on the board from time to time, but don't worry, this is
no big deal, most of it can just be blown off :)
Obviously if you see any signs of damage, heather it's on the actual
board or hardware errors from Windows, You can easily wipe off all the
ink with a soft, dry tissue. DO NOT USE ALCOHOL!
Well that's about it, Check out the pics ;)
Misc. Stages along the way
I would like to thank Lee for his contribution to our site. Nice Job bro the detail and time involved makes this one awesome mod!!!! Thanks..
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