Micro amp collection

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by BluesBlooded, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. BluesBlooded

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    Wanted to start some wiring when I left fingerprints on the top of lacquer.

    As you can see can easily scratch the top.

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    Ripped everything out and it is now bathing in thinner.

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    I would have called those prints "character marks" and pressed on ;)
     
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    Too many character marks for my taste. It was driving me mad.
     
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    Took about 20 minutes of soaking, cleaning and polishing.

    Back to square two

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    I also scanned the chassis so I can import it in Inkscape and do the design again. This time the decal will be full size, no small square that I need to burry in 6 inches of lacquer.

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    Andre, I wonder if a wipe on poly would be a better product for the clear coat. It will be somewhat soft when it dries but it hardens pretty fast.
     
  6. BluesBlooded

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    Andrew, you are probably right, I'll try it at some point.

    I remember seing Kwerk use Safmat self adhevise printing paper to make a decal instead of waterslide.

    Many years ago, I purchased some but never got around to use it.

    Now is the occasion

    Printed the design

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    They pretend that when rubbed it becomes almost transparent

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    Not bad. Now if I could get rid of the small air bubles I'd be happier.

    But at some point I will have to stop making excuses and start that wiring.
     
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    Can you ***** the bubbles with the point of a needle and flatten them out that way?
     
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    Apparently, that would be "poke" the bubbles.
     
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    Dang it, we missed an opportunity to correct the amp name to "Champ Micro." ;)
     
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    If these bubbles don't go away there may still be a chance! Ha!
     
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    BluesBlooded, I admire your high standards.
     
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  13. BluesBlooded

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    Could be Thanks for sharing.

    The bubbles aren't that bubbly. Not sure I could poke them.

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    Thanks DB!

    Someone I can't remember in The Home Depot forum had a signature. "Good enough is neither goor or enough"

    I believe he had a valid argument.

    Never noticed that. :oops:

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    I did not like the mat effect the paper gave.

    Here we go again!

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    Back to waterslide decal paper. At least the polished aluminum will show better and I'll use proper lacquer this time. Might as well print the proper name. Unfortunately, it will still be wrong on the box.

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    Andre, I'm thinking you've got a little OCD going on here :D
     
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    Could well be:) or I just want to delay the inevitable soldering of the components. Who knows? In any case, lacquering and curing will push me for at least a week.:D
     
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    What software did you use to make your renderings?
     
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    I used Rhino 3D with Neon raytraced
     
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    Applied decal

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    The fun thing is that I accidently put it under my arch light and forgot about it for an half hour. When I looked back, the plate looked like a 95 year old woman that stayed too long under the sun. :mad:

    I ripped it all off.

    Printed a second decal, applied and checked for it. The light had nothing to do with it. The problem seems to be related to the fact that I'm using too large a piece that shrinks while drying. When the wrinkle appeared, one by one, I carefully streched them back until the streching started to cause other area to wrinkle. That was enough for my usual patient character.

    I ripped everything again.

    Naked it will remain, no wrinkles, no Siree, not in my house.

    There is only three switches and two knobs. The day I can't figure out what they do even when experimenting with them will be the day I'm ready for the rubber room or the retirement home where the old lady's wrinkle will vaguely remind me of something.
     
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    This guy uses a simple method of etching metal. It seems a little sketchy at first, but his end result is not too bad. Maybe worth a look.

     
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    Thanks DB, Giving my OCD tendancies, it would be hard to start over three times;)

    It's an interesting process and the results is better than what I did so far. If I try it, I will leave the iron longer.
     
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