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I know! I still don't think any of my pictures are what it looks like in the flesh.

The second pic is probably the closest to what it looks like just sitting here on my computer desk.
Are you going to paint the whole case, inside and out, with that paint? Is it darker than it looks in the pictures? Looks really good.
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The doors and internals will be this color. Basically everything but the outer shell and a few accents that will be polished alu (or brushed if the polishing doesn't work out).
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Lookin good, I see you finished trimmin the outer plex.

Keep em comin shin.
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post #154 of 326
That new paint looks very similar to what i used on My Deep Noir build. Nice
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I had a little bit of time after work today before it got too dark. I would polish inside but it is way too messy so weather permitting I will try to make some real progress this weekend. Polishing aluminum is a multiple step process, but just for a teaser I went over a couple feet with some white coloring compound.



The problem with extruded aluminum is that it has a grain to it. If you just polish it like it is, it will have a orange peel type texture to it. It will be shiny and fairly reflective, but my selective OCD will not allow that grain to stay. To buff it out I will first have to go over it with a brown (tripoli) compound. It "cuts" better than white. Hopefully I can get most of the grain out with that. If I can't I may do some wet sanding starting at 1000 grit or so, then buff it. Since brown leaves a hazy finish you have to go over it again with white to brighten it up. Then I will have get out all the very fine scratches left by the buffing wheel (in this case a vented, untreated 8" cotton buff). I will probably just use some Fritz, a microfiber towel and some elbow grease, but this may be the hardest step. But tomorrow I will get you all some pics of my equipment and setup and try to make some progress. It will be cold (45F) and cloudy/rainy all day so don't be too disappointed if I don't get much done.
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Oh wow man. The process sounds grooling.... Good Luck Definitely don't want to be in your shoes right now
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This thread makes me happy every time I visit. Keep it up!!
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Oh wow man. The process sounds grooling.... Good Luck Definitely don't want to be in your shoes right now
I'm pretty sure the only tedious part will be trying to take out the fine scratches/swirl marks. That is a step we don't do at work since our customer (Kenworth) doesn't care. I polish 45 gal to 150 gal fuel tanks all day every day. Apart from the fine scratch step, the process is mostly the same except for I can skip using brown and just use white. I use 16" buffing wheels and a 7.5hp motor to do the tanks. I can really lean into it and get a good cut with just white. One thing I have to be real careful with is this metal is thin (0.04"). If I stay in one spot too long it will heat up and warp. But as long as I don't catch an edge the wrong way and mangle it up, it shouldn't be too much of a pain.
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This looks fun Can't wait!
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I've got good news and bad news. Bad news is that I couldn't polish it to my liking. I couldn't get the orange peel out with my equipment and the aluminum was just too thin and would warp on me if I tried to use enough pressure to buff everything out. So I brushed it and now I am back to where I was two weeks ago. This outer shell is just a nightmare.





Now with the wider aluminum I can get moving again. I really need to get this project wrapped up.
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