I had originally planned to just leave the stock backplate (ports cover) alone. Over a couple of days I got some opinions and it was concluded that the backplate should be black. Using the standard prime and paint routine, I had gotten a nice (albeit boring) satin black backplate. Thinking I was on the home stretch of a way-to-easy mod, reality set in. When putting the backplate back into place, all of the paint on the edges had scratch off, leaving the shiny metal gleaming in the light.|
Not to be deterred, I set off to find a solution that would fit my needs. Sure, I could have just touched up the paint in place, and that would have worked, but I just was not happy. I removed the motherboard and backplate. A closer inspection of the painted backplate revealed that there was an inner cover plate riveted to the backplate. I removed the rivets and worked the cover plate out of the backplate.
I used a dremel to grind off the remains of the rivets off of the back of the cover plate. I proceeded to give the cover plate another coat of satin black for good measure. Using some Devcon contact cement, I put a thin layer over the back of the cover plate and a new shiny backplate cover.
Now that I have the cement on both parts, I just put the cover into place and let dry. After about an hour and the cement has set, I end up with the finished product.
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