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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    Thanks for explaining, I often miss the somewhat obvious :)
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    Sorry, but <3 what?
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    Here are some after pictures. Just a few loose ends to tidy up (affix caution sticker inside the case, add network card / remove compact flash, install 16mb ram, still a little too much sheen, maybe take down with a magic eraser?).
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    Here's some before pictures. I should have taken more but this is what I have. You can see a little bit of rust in a couple of them. Again, wish I took more photos. Under the plastic bezel, the front of the metal case was fairly badly rusted on one side. I am still in reassembly (slowly as...
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    OK, current status is I have removed all rust spots from the case using evaporust and/or sandpaper. I painted the inside of the case light gray and I painted the outside of the metal top part of the case with acrylic latex house paint. I ended up using a latex eggshell sample from Menards that...
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    Indoor Retrobrite Setup

    Just keep in mind ventilation. Not sure if there is any concerns with fumes from hydrogen peroxide. Mine was in the garage so not as much of an issue.
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    Advice on CMOS Battery

    So I have a second PC and this one has a pair of Panasonic BR 2/3A 3V lithium batteries in series (so total of 6V). Hard to tell if that was stock from the factory or something replaced along the way. However, it does have the rather odd connector (not JST but something around the same size...
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    Advice on CMOS Battery

    I need to replace a Tadiran TL-5242X 3.6V lithium high energy battery. The ones I see online don't have the same micro connector (not sure what type exactly maybe something in the JST family) and they run about $14 + shipping. Not sure if there are other options for replacing (I will need to...
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    Indoor Retrobrite Setup

    I did some retrobriting this weekend. Unfortunately, it rained all weekend so I needed to try an indoor solution. I have one of the Oster warming tray buffet server's we use for parties ... Per the manufacturer the temp is adjustable from 140-185 degrees. However, on high I was only able to...
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    Thanks for the advice. I think you are right that they probably never matched. Where I sanded the rust spots you can see the underlying primer layer and you can see a noticeable difference in the paint color as it feathers out. The closer to the center it looks lighter and more like the...
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    It's actually a company called Computer Fusion. They seem to have a bought up truckloads of liquidated PC's when companies changed over, went out of business, etc. and have stockpiled them to be sold off for parts. I think they generally sell to businesses that need to keep some old computer...
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    Thanks for your thoughts. I am working on two similar PCs. One had a better life, it's just the front yellowed way more than the metal case and is noticeably heavier on one side. I am on the fence on retro-briting this and won't do much more than the magic eraser on the paint for this PC. I...
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    Matching Plastic and Metal Cases?

    Hi, I have an old 386 in need of refurbishing. The front of the case and bezels on floppies are all plastic. So I am ready to go there. The case itself however has also gotten dirty / dull and I know it's not plastic yellowing it does look a little yellowish to me and won't match the...
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    Restoring an old arcade

    Any one that you can pickup locally? Personally, if you are going through the effort of finding and doing a restoration, I would pick a personal favorite, something you want to show off in the playroom. For me, that would be Galaga for something older and Golden Axe for something a bit newer...
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    Buying a PC

    Goodwill's by me don't accept computers anymore, just LCD screens and keyboards mostly but no CPU's. Salvation Army on the other hand doesn't have an issue with it and even sells the computers with the hard drive if it was dropped off that way. I picked up a 486 Toshiba laptop from SA for $15...