Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:56 PM
Here's some more tips, for people with screwdrivers...
You'll never end up with extra screws again, if you take this precaution...
Use "Diamond Match" boxes "32 Count", to keep track of screws for specific sub-assemblies when disassembling ANYTHING. Label the boxes with masking tape & a Sharpie pen.
Any plastic, especially porous surfaces, can be made black with Speedball India Ink. First disassemble the apparatus in question, then clean the outer surface with rubbing alcohol, let it dry, then apply the ink with a foam brush, by dabbing it in, using stippling technique.
When it dries, reassemble, and you are done.
If you want to prevent wear, lightly coat the dry ink with spray-on clear acrylic, then reassemble.
Doing this to your Atari may ruin it's collectible value, but if it's your personal system, and you don't care, it really looks cool, just be sure to be a perfectionist when you do it.
Do it at your own risk, or on a shell from a dead system. It can always be removed with warm water, soap, and a scrub brush... if you don't do the acrylic step. At any rate it's a neat mod that does not involve paint.
You can change the color of any smooth flat area to any color by using colored "Contact Paper", a colored plastic sheet with an adhesive backing. Put it on slowly, like a sticker, and be sure not to get air bubbles, by sliding your finger on it while applying... don't block air vents.
"Art Foam" can be used to reduce vibration & to dampen noise when re-building any apparatus. Just be sure not to cover ground points, or to disturb air flow for cooling.
You'll be amazed how much quieter your floppy drives become. Foam under power supplies with fans helps too, as it softens vibration nosies, which become ambient environmental background noises in your environment, if not kept in check.
Use your head when you do this, don't put foam on warm areas, and be sure to allow proper air flow, by using layers of thin strips (create air-flow channels, based on air circulation routes within the device).
Fabric-based, plasticized duct tape applied to the UPPER surfaces of RF shielding or lower casing surfaces can reduce vibration noise, too. Don't over do it... (and remember that it IS NOT ELECTRICAL TAPE... don't use it as such and expect proper protection) ...always consider heat dissipation & the correct fitting of precision bent shielding. Leave areas of the shielding exposed, think of it like a snare drum head... you just want to DAMPEN noise.
Do it right the first time. Learn a bit about acoustics, vibration, & thermal distribution first...
Basically, don't come crying if you find out that you've built a toaster oven.