CheapGeek- Make an Ugly Monitor More or Less Ugly...


Introduction: CheapGeek- Make an Ugly Monitor More or Less Ugly...

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An ugly old monitor- old can of spray paint and waa laa, a more or less ugly monitor. (depending on how you look at it)
I had a spare monitor I used for PC work at the house.
The monitor needed to be black.
Plus everything I have is black anyway.

Step 1: Gather Materials

This is an easy instructable- you are basically painting your monitor.
You need an ugly monitor, tape, spray paint, screwdrivers, work area, drop cloth or towel.
Get your work area ready.

Step 2: Get Ready for For Paint

Get ready for paint-
I decide to remove the monitor casing- simple enough use your screwdrivers and remove the screws.
This monitor was basically three pieces. The front bezel, the base, and the rear half.
I removed the rear half and the base. The front bezel was attached, I decided to leave it and tape over the actual screen.
It should noted here- DO NOT touch any thing towards the rear of the CRT tube. Slide the case out of the way.
These things store store energy- a misplaced screw driver can allow the energy to release and can cause grievous bodily harm. Or at the very least make you sh*t your pants.

Clean the plastic casing(s) with alcohol. Including the base and the front bevel.
Tape off the crt screen- I made a tape outline around the screen and then placed 6 pieces of paper to the center.

Step 3: Paint

After cleaning and taping off the areas that I didn't want black.
It was time to paint.
When using cheap paint- you should apply a light coat to things needing paint.
Let it dry- apply another light coat- let it dry. Repeat.
Eventually, you'll have even coverage and a nice even coat.
Verify you have no areas that need touch up.
Let it sit for 12 hours or so. Since I did not use special plastic paint- Adding more drying time helped the paint to "cure" to the monitor.

Thin coat picture is below

Step 4: Re Assemble

After painting the base and the bezel-
It was a good idea to re attach the rear monitor casing as soon as it was dry.
I didn't want to touch the rear of the CRT tube. Covering it made me feel better.

Step 5: Re Assemble2

After I attached the rear monitor half and painted the bezel- I used a sharpie to touch up areas where the tape removed part of the newly applied paint..

After the monitor was completely dry- I put it back in place.
Easy and cheesy- this monitor looked ok when it was finished.
I only used it when I was fixing a client PC anyway.



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    You're doing it wrong!
    It may look well for some days but the most minimal scratch will expose a white unpainted area, tried this with a beige PC to make it black.
    You need to use better painting techniques when painting plastic, first using a primer, then the color and the finish.

    I think your mod is REALLY DANGEROUS as you are exposing high voltage capacitors. If you touch one you couold get a nasty shock. Plus CRT monitors contain alot of harmful lead.

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    as long as you don't TOUCH anything inside the CRT you're fine, along with the lead.

    There's a product called vinyl spray paint that, while costing a little more, gives an awesome color coat. It flows through all the little bumps that monitor cases have to offer a little better than spray paint. You can get it at most automotive stores. (or if it just doesn't matter, pick up the $1 can -o- spray paint).

    An open monitor is not that dangerous if its unplugged from the 120vAC. The only danger is if you discharge the high voltage charge on the CRT (like a capacitor)which can stay for days , depending on the relative dirt and humidity in the area. Its a thick red wire going from the (flyback)tranformer to the top back of the glass tube. You can wipe the dust off it if you like but don't tug on it hard. It has expanding spring clips inside that keep it attached to the glass tube.It could kill you. Be sure to videotape yourself, if you plan to unsafely unplug the wire, so people will know how you died.

    Thanks... I guess. I was originally thinking Shazzam!!! But I'm not that dramatic.

    I was really thinking about doing this to my old CRT last night, it looks good, i think I'm going to paint mine later tonight, nice job!