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malloy:
I'm trying to cover up some deep scratches on my amp's faceplate.

It is brushed black anodized aluminum, but more of a bluish tint.

A sharpie covers it up, but the finish is too shiny.

I tried the Birchwood Casey Super Black Touch-Up Pen at $6. Not good, the sharpie was better.

My next experiment will probably be the Birchwood Casey aluminum black chemical solution that's used by gunsmiths for pistols and other aluminum parts. Anyone try this before on any st4ereo component's faceplate?  My gut says to leave it alone before I do any more damage. :rofl:

Paul

Nick B:
Paul,
My brother in law does anodizing and would probably do it for free. But the silkscreening lettering would be another issue. If you want me to ask him, let me know
Nick

malloy:
Hi Nick,

Oh wow. Thanks for the offer. Probably too much of a hassle, but good to know that the service is out there, if needed. And you are right, the silk screening would be a problem, as is removing the faceplate. I just had this serviced! It's just a couple of very small scratches that I've almost forgotten about. Too much time on my hands right now and I tend to nitpick everything.

I think I'll use this as an excuse to buy new gear. "Aww shucks, would you look at that scratch! I can't listen to this, I need a new amp!"  :lol:

Paul

Nick B:

--- Quote from: malloy on April 12, 2021, 10:53:12 PM ---Hi Nick,

Oh wow. Thanks for the offer. Probably too much of a hassle, but good to know that the service is out there, if needed. And you are right, the silk screening would be a problem, as is removing the faceplate. I just had this serviced! It's just a couple of very small scratches that I've almost forgotten about. Too much time on my hands right now and I tend to nitpick everything.

I think I'll use this as an excuse to buy new gear. "Aww shucks, would you look at that scratch! I can't listen to this, I need a new amp!"  :lol:

Paul

--- End quote ---

Ha Paul!
Thatís really not a great excuse, but the important thing is will your wife think it is :)
Is is the Plinius youíre talking about?
Nick

tmazz:
I had a problem like that on my Classe Twenty five. Got it used and it had a few nicks and scratches on it.  Like you I tried filling them with a sharpie and it didnít match perfectly, but at lest you didnít see the stark contrast of the bare metal against the black. It was annoying and I could find the spots when I looked at them, but then Italians that when I stepped back a few feet to the point where it would be looked at from 99% of the time, you really did not notice it much at all. Especially if you did not not where to look for it.

Of course the other thing was that being a high power amp with a lot of heat sinks, the heat had shifted the color of the anidizing on the fins such as the were not longer a perfect color match to the front panel, which had not been subject to the same heat load. So energy Iíd i had the front panel refinished it would not
have matched the rest of the amp.

The final solution? Come to grips with the fact that it was a piece of audio gear and not art and as long as it sounded great thatís what really mattered.

And it didnít hurt to remember that those small visual imperfections saved me several hundred dollars of the used price, allowing me to get a much better sounding amp for my audio bucks, and I would make that traded off any day.

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