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*bump* thank-you
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Black shows so many more fingerprints and dust.
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post #13 of 18
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Thanks but...
Can you please try to address the questions contained in post #8.
Assuming you know the answer/s... Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by jalyst View Post
<scratch>
Another point, I was speaking to someone who owns the silver one...
And they "think" there's no paint job anywhere on the case, just raw brushed aluminium.
Yet I look at some photos & I swear the dress plates have some sort of paint on them.
What do you reckon?
<scratch>

Others reckon it's brushed in two diff. tones & anodised, but not painted as such?
The dress plates are painted on the black case, but there's conflicting opinions WRT to the silver one


If true converting to black will be more complicated than what some have claimed so far.
Whether or not it's more complicated than black to silver is YTBD...

These are the basic steps (omitting much detail I imagine) as I see them:

silver --> black case:
*dip in lye to remove anodised tint
*wipe off (don't brush so as to avoid ruining brush lines?)
*then anodise black.

black --> silver case:
*dip in lye to remove anodised tint
*wipe off
*try to produce brush lines on the body & dress plates similar to the silver cw02 (if they're not already there)

I imagine black -> silver (because of the last step) will require more work & hence more $ if I'm paying someone.
Do ya'll agree or do you feel I'm oversimplifying & that silver --> black would be more labour intensive?
Silverstone's just confirmed that both colours are brushed, sandblasted, & anodised, no paint involved!
http://www.avforums.com/forums/home-...l#post14229443
That being the case, I don't see how one can argue that the silver case is a less complex transition?

These new findings mean my basic steps for transition above are wrong...
For black --> silver the 3rd & final step would be: *then do clear anodisation. Thoughts/advice anyone?

Thank-you.
Edited by jalyst - 3/11/11 at 7:23am
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*bump* thank-you.
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Edited by jalyst - 3/18/11 at 9:01am
post #18 of 18
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I've since determined there's little to no difference in transitioning from b to s or s to b.
http://www.avforums.com/forums/14229443-post188.html
At least not enough to warrant a difference in cost for a DIY'er, or someone professionally doing it for you.

Sometimes all the anodisation doesn't come-off cleanly (if you botch it slightly).
For this reason the black "can be" a trickier job, as when one goes to clear anodize it, any faint black splotches show-up.
Whereas for the silver, if there's any residual clear anodisation, anodising to black will not allow it to be seen.

But all this is only an issue if one stuff's up the Lye bath, essentially the transition for both is equally complicated.

So the basis of my decision is no longer "which transitions more easily" but rather;
Which "looks better" & is more understated/versatile as a colour for "my needs"

Considering black's qualities, that my AV gear is likely to be black, & that my radiator is black*...
I have chosen the CW02B & she's now on her way from Amazon, thanks to those with useful input earlier!

All the best.
*painting it silver won't make it look like the silver case, whereas the black rad. looks like the black case
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