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I was bored...and had paint. Result: Custom radio covers.

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Basecoat/clearcoat automotive urethane finish.


This is what happens when I've got spare paint and a little too much time on my hands.


I guess I could sell custom cover painting services. 50 bucks minimum, or 10 bucks each
with a minimum of 5 in any given color. You provide the cover, or I sell you one. I have new 5100
covers available. (scan model)

Some flaws show up that aren't really there. Due to the angle of the flash, some fingerprints are even visible.


This was just a trial run. I can certainly make a better fire engine red.


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I do have gold but didn't bother to try it out.


In my "other" life, I build guitars and do my own paint work, hence the availability of certain colors.


I need a better red, something really classy for the firemen who want to match their radios to their
vehicles. And a metallic pink/magenta for the "girly girls" working for the county. And let's not
forget a nice bright green for the forestry guys!

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If there's an actual MARKET for it, and it's moderately profitable, sure. Why not?


I'll paint MOST colors at the rate of 10 dollars per cover, with a 5 cover minimum per color,
and it's OK to combine your order with someone else's. But you provide the cover to be painted
for that price. I can provide good used system model covers for 50 bucks each, painted, or brand
new scan covers for 50 bucks each, painted.

I disassemble the covers as far as is required to do a good job. The LCD window is masked off, as is
the LED light pipe, all the buttons are removed, and the side connector, as it turns out, is such a poor
surface to paint on that I just paint right over it. Thirty seconds of scraping with a fingernail removes
100 percent of the paint from it. I shoot a two part basecoat/clearcoat system, and the covers are
dry and cured enough to handle in about two hours or so. I can shoot them thin, so the texture of
the front is still pretty evident, or I can shoot a thicker clearcoat for a full smooth gloss effect, which
is preferrable when painting a used cover as it hides the wear.

Of the ones shown, the dark blue one and the silver one came out best. I used a broken cover for
the light blue one, and I should have used a good one because otherwise it might be my favorite,
and in part because it's in a totally custom color, which I created five years ago to paint the guitar
I built for my nephew at that time. Here it is:





Not bad for a 13th birthday present!



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Basecoat/clearcoat automotive urethane finish.


This is what happens when I've got spare paint and a little too much time on my hands.


I guess I could sell custom cover painting services. 50 bucks minimum, or 10 bucks each
with a minimum of 5 in any given color. You provide the cover, or I sell you one. I have new 5100
covers available. (scan model)

Some flaws show up that aren't really there. Due to the angle of the flash, some fingerprints are even visible.


This was just a trial run. I can certainly make a better fire engine red.


Elroy
One Word.....STUNNING!

You do awesome work Chris! The fire engine red is so cool. Keep up the great work! Post any other pix of previous projects that you might have. We'd love to see it!
 
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