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Front Panel Cosmetic Repair / Restore

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by cferry1, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. cferry1

    cferry1 Member

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    Hello -

    Looking for your suggestions and experience on Stereo Receiver Equipment Front Panel Restoration.
    Assume panel is Brushed Aluminum.
    1) Repair of Scratches and light Dings on the Front Panel. How To : (?)
    2) Front Panel ( brushed aluminum ) Polish (?)

    Appreciate any input.
    cferry1
     

     

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  2. 4-2-7

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    Replace it with a different clean panel or a better cosmetic unit in general.

    There is no spot fix for this, and the finishing techniques to do the proper finish would cost more than the unit in most cases.
     
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  3. Freddymac2

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    Most face plates are anodized aluminum and any deep dings can not be rubbed out. They can be lessened to some degree with masking coatings of all kinds. It really depends on what you can tolerate in overall appearance.
     
  4. 4-2-7

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    On a finishing stand point it would be easier to start with a newly made aluminum face than to refinish a old one. Anodizing is the finish thats on a face plate, it's a chemical treatment that impregnates the aluminum. Just stripping this off is very hard to do just to get to the point of starting the new finish.

    The finish.

    Brushing the metal
    Anodizing the Aluminum
    Silk screening the print
     
  5. cferry1

    cferry1 Member

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    Hello Again.
    Thank You for replies, thus far.

    How about some Rubbing Compound or Special Polish Suggestions or Brushed Aluminum Touch-Up Paint methods - if these have been tried ( ? )
     
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    First, do no harm.
     

     

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  7. WaynerN

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    Lets see a picture before we recommend stuff.......
     

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