Painting a heatercore

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Painting a heatercore

Postby HONkUS » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:22 pm

Ive got a nicely painted Super Lan Boy with an ugly ass double Heatercore from Dangerden sitting on top of it so im going to paint the heatercore black or red, only problem is that im worried about how the paint might affect the radiators ability to, well, radiate heat.

In other words what kind of paint/primer should I use to minimize insulating my radiator!

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Postby T-Shirt » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:33 pm

DON'T!!
Normal paint will insulate it and limit your cooling.
If it's an aluminum you could have it anodized, steel or copper you could have it chromed.
If you really want it painted go to a radiator shop (or big auto parts store) and get "radiator paint" glossy or flat black which transfers heat better than normal paint

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Postby HONkUS » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:38 pm

haha that would have been a disaster thanks for the heads up im gonna get some of that "radiator paint" because its really bringing my whole case down. its ugly. It looks like a monkey went crazy with a blowtorch and some solder.

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Postby Dragon_Cooler » Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:21 pm

i wouldnt go that far, it just looks.............beefy!!

where are teh pics i took of it?!?!?!?!
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Postby Bio-Hazard » Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:19 pm

I painted mine with standard flat blach heat paint, there was zero differance in performance .............. :lol:

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Postby bubba » Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:52 am

That looks like a tranny cooler rather than a rad for a PC..

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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:25 am

yup, that is a heater core from a car alright ;)

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Postby HONkUS » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:14 am

yup alot of them are, I think mine is from a 77 Bonneville and the single heatercore from the dangerden site is from a Chevette I believe, they work great for our uses and their usually alot cheaper then the "made for PC" rads out there

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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:17 am

going to a local junkyard where you can pull your own parts is the most cost effective way.... I've bought them for $1 at a junk yard before ;)

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Postby Cypher » Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:10 am

I gotta see what the actual case looks like with that on it :P

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Postby Bio-Hazard » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:28 pm

The one I pictured above was installed in a external water cooling project I did a few years ago.

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Here's a few pics of the ones I had in my UFO case at one time along with a couple of nice shrouds.

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Postby HONkUS » Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:17 pm

Nice! I like the idea behind the self contained external liquid cooling setup.

I did something that worked surprisingly well last night although its not very practical. I got a couple of forzen gel packs out of my freezer and replaced my 2x120mm fans with the gel packs and my temps dropped 7 degrees from 34 to 27. Like I said not very practical but I was suprised at how well it worked and it was completley silent lol.

There are pics of the case its sitting on in my sig just click the link.

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Postby Bio-Hazard » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:46 pm

You can read the full article on the external water rig here;

http://www.systemcooling.com/waterbox-01.html

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Postby markkleb » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:10 pm

Flat Black radiates heat better, (never use chrome) Check out the color on the SR-71 blackbird.

Try not to gob it on, just a light coat.
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