With so many cool design themes revolving around the martial arts, I'm predicting this project having the most detailed custom paint job yet.
I received the Sony Optiarc Optical drive. (parked next to Ultra PSU)
First, heres how I remove and prep the plastic drive faceplate for paint (custom paint later)
To remove the drive faceplate, connect the drive to power temporarily to open drive, then disconnet power.
To remove the faceplate on the drawer, gently pull the faceplate out and downward to clear these two tabs
You'll need a flathead screwdriver to push in the plastic tabs on both side of the drive and one on the top
Optical drive faceplate removed.
The clear LED lense is glued on by the factory. Gently pry it off with flathead screw driver.
You will need to glue this lense back on later. I usually tape these onto the drive so I don;'t lose them.