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Guide your brushing techniques!

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Teyber, 24 Jul 2007.

  1. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    hey!

    im looking for a collection of brushing techniques. I want to brush the aluminum of my 100% custom case, as no paint i could find matched the quality i was looking for.

    So let me hear your opinions! like for instance, 120 grit then clear coat, 220 in diagonals, et cetera.

    and if anybody knows of some cool guides please, let me know!

    thanks in advace
     
  2. I'm_Not_A_Monster

    I'm_Not_A_Monster Hey, eat this...

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    i just use my sonicare first on the upper teeth, then on the bottom, paying particular attention to the spaces in-between the teeth.
     
  3. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    lol!
    sorry if i was vague(i know your jokign) im talkign about gettign a brushed look on aluminum
     
  4. I'm_Not_A_Monster

    I'm_Not_A_Monster Hey, eat this...

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    yeah i know lol, i've always just sanded with a block of wood and some fine paper (220 or maybe the 300 one, 340? 360?) in one direction only. don't cross-hatch or it looks like crap. i don't clear coat but i'm not afraid of battle scars on my gear
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I always just used a wire wheel with a drill. -Of course, my stuff looked like sh*t.
     
  6. Lian Li Lover

    Lian Li Lover What's a Dremel?

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    There's a guide in the how-tos somewhere
     
  7. Spacecowboy92

    Spacecowboy92 Gettin' Lazy

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    IIRC ther was one on the project log of the guy who made the projector
    Found the link Its less than I thought there was but there are some good tips.
     
  8. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    ah thanks spacecowboy! thats a good one
     
  9. I'm_Not_A_Monster

    I'm_Not_A_Monster Hey, eat this...

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    did you floss beforehand? :)
     
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    HA! maybe if I had gold fronts or something...
     
  11. zhangmaster12

    zhangmaster12 What's a Dremel?

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    i think its called grills

    also, dont forget mouthwash!
     
  12. Jedda

    Jedda What's a Dremel?

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    Am experimenting with a rad grill for my brushed silver case.
    If I get anything good I'll tell you.
    Had the idea of polishing then sanding in one direction. Just waiting for the rough aluminium polish that's used on truck parts.
     
  13. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    I tried belt sanding, and i got really course sanding, and really shiny! its cool it looks kinda like what jedda was talking about....
     
  14. I'm_Not_A_Monster

    I'm_Not_A_Monster Hey, eat this...

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    just be careful with the power tools, shiny doesn't always mean smooth, it could be shiny but filled with small gouges that will take forever to remove
     
  15. saxman

    saxman What's a Dremel?

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    man I would not like to have gouges and cracks in my gold fronts. I am thinking back to the good ol toothbrush.
     
  16. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    one of these things @80-120grit, then hand sand @180-200grit just to smooth it out before clearcoating (alu will oxidize if you don't clearcoat quickly)
     
  17. metarinka

    metarinka What's a Dremel?

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    supertoad has got it, brushed aluminum is really "sanded in one direction" aluminum if the piece is flat and smooth, you can tape or glue sandpaper (around 200 grit) to a piece of glass then push the whole panel back and forth in one direction, belt sanders work quite well for this effect too
     
  18. Fozzy

    Fozzy What's a Dremel?

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    Yea man. I've got some aluminum in my garage I'll try some stuff out and tell you what works best.
     
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