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#1 2015-05-22 23:06:48

jt
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Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

No doubt about it in my mind: Nothing comes close to Graphite, the gloriously translucent grandchild of PowerBook Gray!

mcd posted this pic of an enchanting Blueberry Beauty  .  .  .

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jt wrote:
mcdermd wrote:

.  .  .  a custom "crystal clear" case (the panels from a PM G4 with the paint removed from the inside). Anyone interested?

Talk about timely! I was just about to recycle the gutted chassis of my DA & QS'02 PartsBoxen  .  .  .  if I ever really get back into the hobby again, that spare DA, will be sporting crystal clear handles and panels featuring a digitalSTATION/G4 logo riff on a killer inner chassis paint treatment. cool

.  .  .  so that got me a bit farther back into it and I just had to have a go at reassembling about half of the recycling dumpster ballast from the QS and DA parts boxen into my own version. So far, the smooth clear handles on the re-plasticized (was bare nekkid) DA shell look Absolutely Fabulous! big_smile

IIRC, using Denatured Alcohol paper towel compresses to soak the silver backpaint off the clear case sides is the way to go, so questions:

Is DA the correct solvent to depaint my DA?
Do I need to remove the Graphite Apple Logo for the process or only if paint flecks get down in there during the clarification process?

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#2 2015-05-22 23:57:18

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

I took the apples off when I did mine. I left the panels soaking in 90% IPA and after a while the paint came right off the inside.


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#3 2015-05-23 00:01:50

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

THX, mcd, next question: How do you get the *^@%&+#* Apples off? mad

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#4 2015-05-23 01:14:17

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

You stroke them in a certain direction.






I'll get my coat.


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#5 2015-05-23 14:14:53

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

Raincoat? roll

Dunno how or when it happened, but the rear retaining claw of the big springy plastic panel thingamawhatsis under the mobo broke off. Has anyone got a spare? Looks like they simplified and beefed up the incompatible (naturally tongue ) part for the QS. The DA's is pretty damn flimsy.

Had previously figured out a down and dirty fix for rack mounting a bared metal case: cut a fitted wedge for the padlock plunger. Decided I didn't have room on the TelCo rack to mount both cases on drawer slides, so the wedge wouldn't be necessary to mount the case horizontally behind the HDTV.

Found the perfect spot to showcase the side panel of the clear sided backup DA. Thinking of gilding the sheet metal with variegated aluminum leaf and cutting G4 out of 5mm Plexi and back-painting it graphite to match mcd's G3 in 3-D. I'll stud mount it off surface as much as space allows  .  .  .

.  .  .  if I ever really get back into the hobby that is.

Meanwhile, with only the untextured clear QS handles installed it's already hella cool




edit: using the silverish Apples of the QS would better match the Variegated (randomly multicolored) Aluminum Leaf, enhancing the graphite G4 mounted in betwixt. smile

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#6 2015-05-23 19:58:48

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

As I recall (remember I put that machine together nearly ten years ago), the logos were only held on with 2x foam tape or something. Maybe some rubbery glue.


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#7 2015-05-23 23:23:52

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

What did you use to pry them out or push them out without marring them or the case?

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#8 2015-05-24 01:10:21

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

I've used a guitar pick before to peel these off.

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#9 2015-05-24 04:54:03

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

jt wrote:

What did you use to pry them out or push them out without marring them or the case?

That was too many chemical fumes ago, jt. big_smile

But seriously, yeah something like a guitar pick or a spudger.


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#10 2015-05-25 17:43:42

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Re: Graphite Digital Audio Case Cleared Up

*^@%&+#* Apples!!!!!! roll

Soaking with universal solvent helps to loosen the adhesive on the tape. Used that back in the day to break up 3M'sDS-Foam Tape back in the day so I could twist stuff apart w/o damaging either surface. Leaf popped off with a right sized flat punch from ye olde automotive set (YAY! Craftsman! cool ) without so much of a scratch using paper towel. It lifted the Apple enough to use plastic automotive trim pry bar, broke the tip on the second one (BOO! Harbor Freight! tongue ) with only a slight hole in the back-paint.

Glad to see the back-paint BTW. That opens up some interesting possibilities. The first would be a chance to get the airbrush/compressor out of the closet to do a six graded blended shade treatment:

White
Mirror
Side Panel Silver
QS Apple Silver
Graphite
Black

Mirror effect would be White Gold gilding as the last step.

Dunno, I'll probably just go the KISS route.



p.s. in all fairness, the plasticizers in the Harbor Freight auto trim set have met a Spindleresque fate by now. The set's about six years old now and the little half moon chip that went missing just reminded me of the expiration date. Soft plastic formulations get hard and brittle over age, understandable, but SpindlyPlast is an abomination in the eyes of Finagle, even from as far away as the Asteroid Belt. roll

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