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Tack Cloth: A Necessary Tool for Dust Removal Before Painting

Anyone who is looking for an exceptional finish, is always concerned with cleanliness. This could be in relation to getting ready to go out on a first date, cleaning your windows, or pulling the weeds from your garden, yes even dirt can be cleaned of weeds. But why is an exceptional finish necessary? To all it isn’t, but to those of us who want the things we do, to reflect the person behind them, cleanliness is very important. So lets have a look at how the tack cloth can help our paint jobs.

Have you ever attempted to apply window tint? If not this is a lesson in futility that I believe everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime, at least anyone who is interested in modding. It doesn’t have to be on your car, just pick up some cheapo window film from your local automotive shop, and try it on a spare piece of glass, or an easy to access window in your home. What you will quickly learn, is that as much as you think you have removed all dust from the surface, once you apply the window film, you will see just the amount of dust that still remains.

How does this relate to modding? Well a large portion of modding, is painting your case to a certain color, to match the theme, or mod that you are working on. There are many important factors that come into play when it comes to modding, but a Tack Cloth, or Tack Rag, is one that I see talked about, but never really explained fully its true importance. I have noticed people say use a Tack Cloth to remove the final dust, THIS IS IMPORTANT, but never really speak of why this is so important. SO let’s start with some basics.

What is a Tack Cloth? A Tack Rag, or Tack Cloth is a specialized wiping cloth, treated with a tacky material, used to remove particles of dust, lint, or dirt. That dust, could contaminate the surface you are about to paint, and thus needs to be eliminated before applying any type of paint. Just because you are applying primer, and it won’t be the final finish, that dust, sometimes microscopic, needs to be removed.

Here we can see a Tack Cloth:

The description on the front label of the Tack Cloth reads:

  • Synthetic hydro-entangled fibers are locked together for superior, durable and tear resistant fabric
  • Apertured to pick up and hold particulates
  • Completely removes surface particulates without harmful residues
  • Wax and Silicone-Free
  • Designed for Waterborne; compatible with all paints

  • I purchased this Tack Cloth from Harbor Freight, at the following link:
    Tack Cloth

    They can also be found on Amazon for about 3 dollars from 3M:
    Tack Cloth

    You can see how inexpensive this item is, but its importance to the final outcome of your paint job, is dramatic. Adding up the amount of money spent on sand paper, primer, paint, clear coat, if you do not take this step and spend the money on your Tack Cloth, the end result will show.

    Hopefully this will help some of you eliminate some dust from your paint jobs, allowing you to eliminate a step in having to wet sand dust out of your final finished paint. Thanks for reading this article, and here at Precision Computing we look forward to bringing you more modding tips, to help you out with your future case mods.


    Thermaltake Suppressor F51 RevoluTtion featured by Intel


    This year we set out to meet a few goals, and so far we have successfully accomplished those goals we have set. We have traveled within the United States to Dallas Texas to visit QuakeCon, and also to San Francisco to the Intel Developers Forum. We brought our custom modified computer “RevoluTtion” to enter into the US Case Modding Championship at QuakeCon and were honored to showcase “RevoluTtion” on stage at IDF for Intel’s Mega Gaming Session. While at QuakeCon we took first place with “RevoluTtion” in the US Case Modding Championship. During our visit to the Intel Developers Forum we were honored to display “RevoluTtion” on stage among some of the best case modders creations in the world. Please enjoy our gallery below, with some pictures from both events, as well as some final pictures of “RevoluTtion”, as well as the specifications of this modified computer.

  • CPU: Intel 5820K
  • Mobo: Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion
  • RAM: G.Skill 16GB DDR4 3000MHZ Ripjaws
  • GFX: MSI GTX970 Gaming 4G(update) Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX 980TI
  • PSU: Thermaltake 850 DPS
  • Cooling:
    Thermaltake 16MM PETG Rigid Tubing
    Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Block
    Thermaltake Pacific PR22-D5 Pump/Res Combo
    HardWare Labs GTX 360 Radiator
    Bitspower GTX970 water block
    7 – Thermaltake Riing Fans
  • Case: Thermaltake Suppressor F51
  • Storage: G.Skill Phoenix 120GB SSD + Western Digital 1TB Black
  • Other: 8’ RGB LED strip with remote control
  • IMGUR album link: Click Me

    Big thanks to our sponsors for this project:

  • V1 Tech
  • Thermaltake
  • Tt eSports
  • Gigabyte
  • Computer Modding

    Back to the Mod

    As the CEO and editor in chief of Precision Computing, I started this business with a vision, that vision is our new Slogan, “Technology Refined”. This year, 2015, is going to be a year that we venture into many new avenues, including news, our LUCID PC mods (a division of Precision Computing) MOTM, as well as many other ventures, including our forums which will be launched shortly.

    Without further ado, lets venture into the purpose of this article, and that is to announce my entry into the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2015. I entered the contest in 2009, with my mod entitled “Project Krypto”, which can be found on the Cooler Master forum here: Click to view worklog This project took “Best Of” in the full tower category.

    Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2015

    With a lot of impressive mods being showcased through social media and forums lately, and more and more people beginning to enter into the world of modding, I have something special that has been in the back of my mind to create for a long time. While trying to figure out how I can gain an edge over my competition, while still doing a tower mod, the artistic wheels began turning. That is when it hit me, and I turned back to my first ever mod, and the reason why I began to mod. The obsession started in about 2006, and while I wanted to overclock my system, I didn’t have a lot of money to devote to a high end case that would have great airflow, as well as awesome styling. So I bought what I could afford, and made it work for me.

    My love of modding did not begin with computers, but stems back to when I was young. I liked to customize my bicycles, baseball bats, basically anything that I could put my own spin on, and make unique. At the age of 13 I bought a BMX bicycle from a friend of mine, it was a PK Ripper, and had an all-aluminum frame. Well what would make this bike stand out? The wheels began to turn, and yes I polished the entire frame by hand. Of course this was after school and homework, and fortunately I still had a BMX bike to ride, because the whole process took me about 4 months, working over the course of the Chicago winter. But when spring came around, I was in possession of one of the coolest BMX bikes in my neighborhood. The following summer, was when I built my first computer in 1993.

    I am unique, as we all are, and I like to showcase that by using my artistic nature, in creating a work of art.
    This mod will be no exception, and the timing could not be more perfect. I will be taking a Cooler Master HAF 922, and turning it into the following, which I have drawn to give you an idea of my artistic vision. I present to you, Back to the Mod.

    Back to the Mod - marcam923

    When I create a project of this level, I like to have a solid depiction of what my final goal is, and as always with modding, I am sure there will be hiccups and revisions along the way. This project is going to focus on the mod, not the hardware that is inside. Yes it will be fully watercooled, and have some nice components inside, but I do not want the components to take away from the reason we are all here, and that is to create awesome mods!

    As I hope that I have enticed a lot of you, I will post some links as to where you can follow along with the build log. As always make sure to follow us on Instagram, and Facebook, as a lot of the time during the mod process, that is where pictures will be shown first. You can find all of the links below, and we will update on our Facebook page if we branch out into sharing on other forums.

    Back to the Mod

    The future is a mystery, the past is history.
    We do not have the ability to turn the clock,
    We must make the most, with every shot.
    Changing lives makes an impression,
    For the only way to truly surpass the boundary,
    Is to make sure that you leave something behind.

    Forum worklog on Precision Computing’s Forum
    Forum worklog on Modders Inc’s Forum
    Forum worklog on Thermaltake’s Forum
    Forum worklog on Cooler Master’s Forum
    Forum worklog on MSI’s Forum
    Forum worklog on Linus Tech Tips’s Forum