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Old 4th August, 2006, 08:33 PM
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Painting my CRT Monitor

Gizmo has the answers for this one I'm sure...

I'm going to paint my monitor to match my case, but I'm not sure how to handle the CRT tube. This is an older monitor and it doesn't have the protecting cage around the tube.
Basicly nothing between me and the fragile glass.
I've unscrewed the bucket, and want to unscrew the front panel that covers the front of the tube. This will make my painting much easier instead of masking off everything.
oh yeah, the question....
How do I handle a tube without the cage when taking off the front panel?
Should I set it on a pillow?
I know about not touching the capacitator cap but what else should I be careful of?
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Old 4th August, 2006, 08:47 PM
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I guess, not touching anything fragile would be the way to go, and I would set it down face-down, so that it isnt resting on any caps or anything

but I am no expert.
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Old 4th August, 2006, 08:55 PM
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How do I handle a tube without the cage when taking off the front panel?
Should I set it on a pillow?
I know about not touching the capacitator cap but what else should I be careful of?
First, be very, VERY careful of the anode cap. The CRT can carry very large voltages (on the order of 30 Kv or so) and can discharge them very quickly, so you'll want to ground it out before touching that part of the tube. In addition, be aware that the charge can return over time (to as much as 5 Kv or so), so if you leave the tube lying around for a couple of hours, you'll want to discharge that anode button again before touching the tube.

Basically, lay the tube face-down on any soft, debris-free surface and you should be fine. We used to use a pillow for this when I was in the monitor business. Be sure when handling the tube that you pick it up by the edges of the face, as this is the strongest part of the tube. Do NOT pick it up by the neck, as that is very fragile and easily broken.
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I have done a few of these. I usually remove the cover and then tape and paper everything else. You will have to spray the tube section in steps. I usually tape up the tube with masking tape and set it face down on some layers of cardboard. I then paint the rest of the tube housing. Wait until the next day and set the housing on its bottom and you can now paint the front. Give it a good day before you put it back together...

I hope that answered your question..

Giz beat me to it....lol
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It will be setting around for a few hours because I will be painting.
If I accidentally static shock it when trying to ground myself... will I get a huge shock?

Would it be easier to just mask it off with tape than worrying about the tube fragility?
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i'd suggest a pair of rubber gloves
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It is better not to get zapped. Let's just put it that way. Hurts alot and will make you say things you don't want to say....lol


Seriously it can be fatal...


I touch nothing inside anymore. Did it by accident once...
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Old 4th August, 2006, 09:51 PM
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You're right Samuknow. I'm going to leave the tube alone and just try the masking. It will take more time but better to be safe than sorry.
thanks everyone for your help.
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It will be setting around for a few hours because I will be painting.
If I accidentally static shock it when trying to ground myself... will I get a huge shock?

Would it be easier to just mask it off with tape than worrying about the tube fragility?
I probably should have mentioned this earlier; I just assumed from your comments that you had a fair amount of experience with this stuff.

Truthfully, unless you really know what you are doing, I would stay away from it. If you take the full charge from a CRT, IT CAN KILL YOU.

I personally have been hit so many times that any more it just makes my hair stand on end. Still hurts like hell, though.

Yeah, all things considered you would probably be better off to just mask it.

Edit: Samuknow beat me to it. LOL

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Edit: Samuknow beat me to it. LOL

Obviously similar experiences....lol
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Old 6th August, 2006, 02:58 AM
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I did the masking last night and painted the front this morning.
It went very well. I actually used box tape to mask it instead of masking tape. The reason is because I have used masking tape for many paint jobs and the paint allways seems to slip under the edge. So I figured box tape will come off the glass easily and keep a good edge. It worked perfectly. Tomarrow morning I will be painting the rest of the monitor and I'll post some pics.
Thanks for the tips, No Shocking here today!
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Great...can't wait to see the pics...

You do not want there to be a first time for being zapped...
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Old 8th August, 2006, 06:20 PM
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Here's the pics. The masking worked perfectly.
I masked off the back of the monitor over the bucket with a trash bag and masked the glass with tape.
Then took off the bucket and painted it separately.
Now it matches my computer perfectly.
Painting my CRT Monitor-mod-monitor.jpg

Here is the matching hammered finish paintjob.
Painting my CRT Monitor-hammered-monitor.jpg

Words of wisdom:
don't be afraid to mask off a monitor, instead be afraid of major shockage.
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Looking good.

I was intending on doing one of these a while back, but I didn't want to mess around with the CRT tube.

Very nice paint job, indeed, Booman!
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looks very slick
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That is sweet....

You have inspired me...I have been waiting to do this since I just got the monitor a while back...but WOW...that looks great...

Post some detail shots of your whole setup and you just might make the front page again.....hint hint
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Ironicly enough, I didn't take many pictures of the whole process. This case was my first mod and now my first monitor paintjob. I will definitely do another one with my other monitors and make a whole tutorial out of it.
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Ironicly enough, I didn't take many pictures of the whole process. This case was my first mod and now my first monitor paintjob. I will definitely do another one with my other monitors and make a whole tutorial out of it.

The first is always the most special...

Great job again....
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