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    Adding A Custom Case Window
    Author: Mike Kitchenman
    Date Posted: March 29th, 2002
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    Now I took it upstairs, as I didn't want to do anything else with plexi in the area of the cutting, too much stuff to mess up the plexi after I take off the protective cover. The next step, is to apply molding to the window, I picked chrome molding, as shiny stuff is good.

    Most molding has glue inside of it already, so you just slide it on the metal and it holds itself on. You just slide it on and it stays put very well. The only part that you need to watch is a corner. You need to cut the molding at an angle to meet so it doesn't look bad when you're done.

    Up next is attaching the window to the inside of the case. If you use the tape I suggested 4 spots of it is plenty strong to hold the plexi down. What I used was 3M VHB tape, which can hold almost anything. I cut a number of strips of tape off, and placed them on the inside of the case around the molding, 2 layers thick (to make up for the molding) which held the window on flawlessly. Just push it down for a few seconds, and you've got a securely attached window. (If you're using the silicone sealant here, replace the tape with a good blob of that goop, with the only difference being is you need to wait 24 or 36 hours for it to dry out.)

    Then once you've got that done, you can flip your panel back over and see the finished product. I'm pretty sure you won't be upset by the results. (If you took your time and didn't mess up much.)

    Well, there you have it, a custom window ready for the looking. While this won't make you a hardcore modder, it does make your box look a bit cooler than it did before. Course, the insides of the case need to look good, too, but that's another article for me, which you'll probably see sometime pretty soon.

    Ah, well, enjoy your new window, and I'll catch you guys next time!

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