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#1 fierodough

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:03 PM

Is there an electronics safe die that could be used to stain / darken the motherboard?

Edited by fierodough, 10 January 2010 - 03:05 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:31 PM

You can spray paint it, but having said that all major components/connectors have to be masked off and the paint must be non-conductive. I wouldn't recommend this just because its a pain in the ass and their is a large chance of failure.
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:28 PM

QUOTE(PGX @ Jan 10 2010, 04:31 PM) View Post

You can spray paint it, but having said that all major components/connectors have to be masked off and the paint must be non-conductive. I wouldn't recommend this just because its a pain in the ass and their is a large chance of failure.
cheers.


Would this not affect the thermal properties of other components on the board? Like voltage regulators etc..

I was hoping for a liquid dye that can then dry away an leave a "tint" on the board and components without overly affecting thermal properties.


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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:38 PM

This would probably be your best bet:

http://www.frozencpu...s-UV_Paint.html


It seems all of them are UV reactive... meaning a black light (or cold cathode) inside of the case will be necessary.



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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:40 PM

QUOTE(NiC_CC @ Jan 10 2010, 11:38 AM) View Post

This would probably be your best bet:

http://www.frozencpu...s-UV_Paint.html
It seems all of them are UV reactive... meaning a black light (or cold cathode) inside of the case will be necessary.

yep, thats your best shot. How would you die it? die is a liquid=ruined xbox

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

QUOTE(NiC_CC @ Jan 10 2010, 05:38 PM) View Post

This would probably be your best bet:

http://www.frozencpu...s-UV_Paint.html
It seems all of them are UV reactive... meaning a black light (or cold cathode) inside of the case will be necessary.


Not quite the look I was going for but I can work with that! thanks!!! smile.gif


QUOTE(PGX @ Jan 10 2010, 05:40 PM) View Post

yep, thats your best shot. How would you die it? die is a liquid=ruined xbox


Water (distilled) does not conduct electricity. (however once contaminated it does) As long as there is no power going to the board until it's 100% dry, there is no problem.

I even speculate that regular dye used for textiles and fabrics may work to adhere on the epoxy coating used on the motherboard. I think I still have a dead motherboard to test this theory.

I would like to have a dark, almost black board for my next mod.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 06:08 PM

QUOTE(PGX @ Jan 10 2010, 11:40 AM) View Post

yep, thats your best shot. How would you die it? die is a liquid=ruined xbox


Liquid doesn't necessarily equal death to electronic equipment. Just don't apply power to those electronics with conductive liquid still on them. Many manufacturers completely submerge PCBs in washing solutions after the manufacturing process and arcade board collectors frequently place the 20+ year old board in the dishwasher (with no detergent of course) and end up with still working but clean boards.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 06:15 PM

yes, i clearly understand that, but something like dye is not a cleaning solution, if you can find a dye that is pcb and component safe be my guest to use it, but i dont think your gonna find one.
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