PDA

View Full Version : How To Guide: Plexi Window with Mesh



MonsterMawd
05-02-2011, 06:35 PM
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/waterjet_laser_cut_computer_panel_design.jpg

Installing a Plexi window w/ Modders Mesh (http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html) or Perforated Steel inlay

Supplies & links
1/8" Clear Acrylic Window Sheet (http://www.mnpctech.com/colored_acrylic_sheet_casemod_window.html)
ModdersMesh (http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html) 12" x 12" (2, sheets)
Clearcoat (Laquer, Enamel or Polyurethane) or Paint it.
SCOTCH brand Clear Heavy Duty Mounting tape #4010 (http://www.mnpctech.com/scotch_4010_tape_of_the_casemod_gods.html)
Filtered Respirator mask
Lacquer Thinner
Rag
Rubber Gloves

Tools:
Exacto knife
Jigsaw w/ metal cutting blade
Hand file

The best tape is 3M Scotch 233+ Green tape (http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming-pc-liquid-modding-custom-computer-mnpctech-overclock-cooling-fan-grills/3m-scotch-233-performance-green-masking-tape-roll.html)

3M Scotch Green 233+ masking tape is used by Automotive Paint Professionals. It's highly conformable to curved surfaces on both metal and plastic. It has good adhesion in a large range of weather conditions. It will peel off without leaving any sticky residue. Most Auto Body Supply Stores should be stocking this tape. It's also readily available online. 3M Scotch 233+ tape has a premium price compared to other tapes, but it performs the best

https://mnpctech.com/images/companies/3/3m_scotch_green_masking_autobody_painters_tape_233 _401_mnpctech_cheap_roll_carton.jpg

https://mnpctech.com/images/companies/3/3m_scotch_masking_tape_233_401_mnpctech_cheap_roll _ebay.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin1.jpg

Plain steel should a good coating of oil to prevent oxidation. We need to remove oil/dirt before clearcoating or painting.

Mask on
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin2.jpg

Fold and soak portion of rag with Laquer Thinner.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin3.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin4.jpg

Check Modders Mesh (http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html) after wiping for threads from rag before applying Clearcoat. If you can, blow out holes of any dirt w/compressed air. (Can of compressed air works good)

I'll be cutting 2, 12" x 12" windows from these 1/8" Clear Acrylic Window Sheet (http://www.mnpctech.com/colored_acrylic_sheet_casemod_window.html)

http://www.mnpctech.com/clear_acrylic_sheet_casemod_mnpctech.com1.jpg

I taped 2, 24" x 24" plexi sheets together (around edge) so I can cut both at sametime.

I apply masking tape to outline cut and make scratch resistant pathway for jigsaw base.

Jigsaw: I'll use a metal cutting blade (18 - 20 TPI)

Go slowwww. Too fast, the plexi will melt and bond back together.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin7.jpg

Once window is cut. Finish of any rough edges with fine cut hand file or sandpaper

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin8.jpg

Mounting Plexi & Modders Mesh

Super strength adhesion. Used for mounting windows in computer cases.
link, http://www.mnpctech.com/scotch_4010_tape_of_the_casemod_gods.html

http://www.mnpctech.com/4010scotch3mtape.mnpctech.com.jpg

Scotch HD Clear tape is very sticky. Imagine trying to cut strands of chewed gum with Scissors.. What works best is gently apply tape to scrap piece of steel or alum, cut w/ Exacto and peel it off.

12" strand
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin10.jpg

Cutting 4, 1/4" x 12" strips for window edges. You'll do this step 2 more times so you have 12, strips for installation

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin11.jpg

Peel it off

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin11a.jpg

Apply to 1st piece of Plexiglass (remember we cut two 12" x 12" pieces)

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin12.jpg

Apply small pieces to inner sections of window.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin13.jpg

Use Exacto Knife to coax red backing to peel

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin14.jpg

All of your tape is exposed and ready for mounting. Line up your window and apply in place.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin15.jpg

I'll use clean cotton towel or t-shirt as I hand press window in place. Avoid ugly finger prints!

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin16.jpg

Our window is in place. Now apply the 4 additional 1/4" x 12" strips of 3M clear tape

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin17.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin18.jpg

Last chance to CLEAN WINDOW of FINGERPRINTS

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin19.jpg

Remember we cut 2, 12" x 12" sheets of plexi. Again, I've applied 1/4" wide strands of 3M tape to edges

Drop your Modders Mesh (http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html) sheet onto 2nd plexiglass window

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin20.jpg

Press it on hard

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin21.jpg

Apply to panel window

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin22.jpg

Grab your towel again and press firmly around window edges.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin23.jpg

Admire your clean work!

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/GvLwin23a.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/waterjet_laser_cut_computer_panel_design.jpg

I'm thinking 3M Di-Noc Carbon fiber (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) would accent the case nicely.

http://www.mnpctech.com/carbonfiber_gunmetal_titanium_mnpctech.com2.jpg