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Old 21st June, 2006, 11:48 PM
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Painting RAM Heatspreaders

I just bought some RAM heatspreaders and not loving the navy blue color.
I was thinking of doing a mirror finish paint on them.
But I was wondering if you guys think the paint would affect its ability to absorb heat?
I'm not overclocking, but instead wanted to fancy up the RAM sticks.
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Old 22nd June, 2006, 12:30 AM
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you can just buy differant heatsinks. Get mirrored off ebay or look at wholesalers, probly cost you about $10. I have LED's on my ram you can see if you can find those heatsinks for sale.
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I've heard that they don't make that big a difference with the heat so I would paint them just maybe not to thick seeming there not OC'd.
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Old 22nd June, 2006, 04:12 AM
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Well it is probably obvious but, just paint the outside surface anf you will be fine. Post up the shots when you're done and give us a look

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Old 22nd June, 2006, 04:59 AM
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I just bought some RAM heatspreaders and not loving the navy blue color.
I was thinking of doing a mirror finish paint on them.
But I was wondering if you guys think the paint would affect its ability to absorb heat?
I'm not overclocking, but instead wanted to fancy up the RAM sticks.
The purpose of a heatsink is not to ABSORB heat, but to RADIATE it. Any layer of paint you put on the surface of the sink will serve as an insulator and interfere with its ability to radiate heat.

That being said, as others have noted, heat spreaders on DIMMs tend to be about as useful as teets on a boar (most of the heat from the chip is conducted out by the lead frame and circuit board), so if you want to paint them a different color I rather doubt that it will make any significant difference.
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Old 22nd June, 2006, 12:18 PM
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Spray them though as other paints tend to, well, kinda, melt and make a big mess. My avatars got the mask ready so he doesn't get too high on the fumes.
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What effect are you looking for. I have seen some great anodized looking paints, depending what color they are now. They spray on thin and look nice. I would stay away from heavy or textured paints. Don't want to put winter coats on your ram.
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Old 26th June, 2006, 11:32 PM
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Man, for some reason I'm not getting the "instant mail notification" when you all respond.
Thanks for the tips.
I'll consider everything you guys said.
I have read that heatspreaders don't really do much for cooling except looking "cool".
So I figured I would take advantage of that and paint them to look customized.
I don't know how hot my RAM gets because I ran out of thermal sensors, but they should be ok since I am not overclocking.
I was going to paint them a sliver mirror color so they can reflect my lighting inside the case.
I bought some mirror finish spray paint.
But it would be fun to polish them off and see if I could get a mirrored finish just from the metal itsself.
I have taken some jewelry classes and I made our wedding rings, so I have some experience in buffing and polishing.
I just have to buy the supplies.
I'll definitely take pictures when I'm done.
thanks everyone
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Spray them though as other paints tend to, well, kinda, melt and make a big mess. My avatars got the mask ready so he doesn't get too high on the fumes.
But that's the fun part!!! Speaking of which booman... I'll paint yours for free!!!
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Old 27th June, 2006, 04:48 PM
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What about polishing them? You can sand the color off of them and just polish the metal?
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Old 29th August, 2006, 07:55 PM
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I allready tried polishing them, but the dremel I was using had only one speed and it was too fast. It polished off too much metal and melted the paint. It was a mess.
I painted the heatspreaders and if I can remember to post the pics, then you all can see em.
Turned out ok, but not as "mirror finish" as I would have liked.
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Here's the pic of what I ended up doing.
It looks ok. Not a mirror finish, but decent enough.
They at least give finish to the ram instead of seeing the chips.
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Looks nice to me, very bright and clean
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Was the glossy effect deliberate? If so, it looks pretty cool.

If not, then man, that's one nice accident.
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Old 7th September, 2006, 12:25 AM
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Very deliberate.
I was using a clear coat spray paint to make it extra glossy.
Its hard to see in the photo but depending on how light hits it...
it will shine!
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