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post #161 of 326
Sorry to hear it man.

I still think the Orange Acrylic looks really good though. Those bends were lots of work.


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Now with the wider aluminum I can get moving again. I really need to get this project wrapped up.
Or you could keep on modding.
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post #162 of 326
Personally i think it would look awesome if you got the aluminium powdercoated in chrome. Shouldn't be too expensive.
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post #163 of 326
In the last post, all I read was bad news...where was the good news?
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post #164 of 326
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Originally Posted by oliverw92 View Post
Personally i think it would look awesome if you got the aluminium powdercoated in chrome. Shouldn't be too expensive.
It's a nice suggestion but I have never seen a chrome powder coat that actually looked chrome-like, especially with a clear coat. I can polish it to a better finish that I would get with the powder coating.
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In the last post, all I read was bad news...where was the good news?
That I've started making progress again.
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post #165 of 326
So what finish are you going to do on it?

EDIT: Chrome powdercoating:

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post #166 of 326
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I saw that pic in the caswellplating forums and that was a before clear coat shot. After clear coat it gets a little hazy, it turns into a shiny gray that you can barely see a reflection in. You can also see a lot of orange peel that is an unavoidable aspect of powder coating. If I am going to bother with sending it away I might as well just get it electropolished, which is basically the exact opposite of plating. Instead of using electrolysis to deposit new material, electropolishing uses the aluminum piece as the cathode and smooths out the irregularities in the material and effectively gives it a polish. But then I would want to clear coat it to make the finish durable, which is near impossible to get looking good on a polished surface. My shop has frustrated a few pro painters trying to get a clear coat without making it haze over. I think for now I'll just stick with the brushed look, I can always change it later on down the road. But I've just got to get this done.
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post #167 of 326
Sure thing man i understand Got any brushed finish picks?
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post #168 of 326
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Sure thing man i understand Got any brushed finish picks?
Nope . After I get it all bent up and holes cut out I'll peel the tape off. I'm holding off on the pics because I'm sure I'll have to touch up a few spots after it's all done. You'll just have to wait until then . But I probably won't be doing that until I paint, which will be the last step. I was also doing it outside and it started to get dark when I finished so the pics wouldn't have been very good anyway.
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post #169 of 326
We called that "5ft chrome" at the shop I worked at, 5 ft or more and it looked chrome, up close and it looked grayish.
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post #170 of 326
Awesome looking mod, can't wait to see it finished!! I only did a quick skim over the entire thread looking at the pictures, but how do you plan on getting around having 2 motherboards? Will you manually plug in your keyboard, monitor and mouse whenever you switch from one system to another? Or do you have some kind of trick in mind to help with that?
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