01/18/2019
Color Coordinating Patch Panels with UniFi Gears
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Unnamed Road, Mesa, AZ 85212, USA
Description

 

Originally I had the black patch panels with labels mounted in my rack. However, I really wanted to color-coordinate the patch panels with the UniFi metallic silver faceplates. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find keystone patch panels in silver.

 

I also wanted to orient the RJ45 latch direction with the switch. That means I would have to mount the top patch panel upside down. With the numbers pre-painted to the panel, mounting it up-side-down looked strange.

 

I decided to spray paint the patch panels myself.

 

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First I roughed up the panel with some sanding blocks, then cleaned the surface with nail polish remover.

 

 

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Spray-painted in 30-40 quick passes, using Rust-Oleum Satin Nickle Metallic Spray Paint


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I let the painted panels sat outside for 3-4 hours to let the VOC escape, then moved them into my oven.  I baked them at 170F for 4 hours.  Kept them inside the oven while the oven cooled down.  I then waited another two days for the paint to fully cure.

 

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There is a slight color variation, but this is as close as it gets with what's available at big box stores.

 

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Painted panels mounted.

 

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Color Coordinating Patch Panels with UniFi Gears

by on ‎01-18-2019 01:03 AM

 

Originally I had the black patch panels with labels mounted in my rack. However, I really wanted to color-coordinate the patch panels with the UniFi metallic silver faceplates. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find keystone patch panels in silver.

 

I also wanted to orient the RJ45 latch direction with the switch. That means I would have to mount the top patch panel upside down. With the numbers pre-painted to the panel, mounting it up-side-down looked strange.

 

I decided to spray paint the patch panels myself.

 

2019-01-08 21.03.15 - Copy.jpg

 

First I roughed up the panel with some sanding blocks, then cleaned the surface with nail polish remover.

 

 

2019-01-15 11.33.26 - Copy.jpg

 

Spray-painted in 30-40 quick passes, using Rust-Oleum Satin Nickle Metallic Spray Paint


2019-01-15 11.30.33 - Copy.jpg

 

I let the painted panels sat outside for 3-4 hours to let the VOC escape, then moved them into my oven.  I baked them at 170F for 4 hours.  Kept them inside the oven while the oven cooled down.  I then waited another two days for the paint to fully cure.

 

2019-01-15 16.04.26 - Copy.jpg

 

There is a slight color variation, but this is as close as it gets with what's available at big box stores.

 

2019-01-15 22.50.26 - Copy.jpg

 

Painted panels mounted.

 

2019-01-18 00.32.04 - Copy.jpg

 2019-01-18 00.44.29 - Copy.jpg

 

 

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Comments
by
on ‎01-18-2019 02:51 AM

Looks great!! Can I ask you where you coth the short patch cables from and which length they are?

My patch panels are messy right now due to the long cables. Maybe a fun idea as well to spray paint them after I made my switch to unifi!

by
on ‎01-18-2019 06:28 AM

@chickpoint...Looks like the 6  inch cables I purchased from Amazon. Here's the link.

 

 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MZCXGPQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

by
on ‎01-18-2019 07:58 AM

Got them from monoprice.com

 

They sell them in a variety of colors, more opportunity to color coordinate! 

by
on ‎01-18-2019 09:35 AM

I see here an oppurtunity for UBNT    Design and sell patch panels

 

And then make also silver cables! Smiley Tongue

by
on ‎01-18-2019 10:19 AM

Please excuse my ugly cable managment, but 6" patch cables are life.

 

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by
on ‎01-18-2019 11:18 AM
by
on ‎01-18-2019 12:26 PM

@kenmaples i cannot acces the store becouse i am outside the US  actually Netherlands

 

@richardsterling  Its nice!  its not that cable mess!

by
on ‎01-19-2019 06:29 PM

Looks awesome! Am I the only one that is bothered by the Gen 2 Plus rackmount blue LED they didn't make to match the older ones? 

by
on ‎01-19-2019 08:41 PM

That has been bothering me since day one.  I am going to crack it open and mess with the electronics one of these days.

by
a month ago

What patch pannels are those?