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  1. xmetal

    xmetal Oakley Beginner

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    Along with my carbon fiber one-off project, I had a Mag Switch that was in really poor shape. There was corrosion under the arms, lots of scratches on the frame and while the nose bridge was pretty solid and the lenses were scratch free, I barely ever wore them.

    So thanks to the little tutorial thread on here about how to get those %$@* lenses out, I started refinishing these. The plan is that the arms and nose bridge will be gunmetal/black and the main orbitals will be hand brushed metal. I will ultimately gloss clear coat the entire thing when done to protect the metal.

    I got the lenses out, pulled out the icons and took off all the rubber. I then attacked the orbitals by hand with a scotch bright pad and the black coating comes off pretty easily. This is a few shots in progress. The mag alloy actually looks gorgeous in brushed form, I think these will look sweet. I'll need to source out some new rubber for the ear stems, since you can't buy those anymore.

    I'll update with more pics once this is farther along.

    Another DIY - Brushed Magnesium Switch - IMG_6362.jpg Another DIY - Brushed Magnesium Switch - IMG_6364.jpg
     
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  2. ippotaz

    ippotaz Oakley Enthusiast

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    Another great project here
    something really new and unusual...too "easy" this kind of stuff with x-metal babies!!! :D
    Well done ;)
     
  3. qtrain23

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    Are you planning to clear cote that or anything?
     
  4. xmetal

    xmetal Oakley Beginner

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    yes it will need a good clear coat. I'm going to try a high quality spray first, and if that doesn't work or wears badly I'll sand it back down and have the clear cerakote put on.
     
  5. Dennis Panlilio

    Dennis Panlilio Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Looking forward to seeing the finished product! :)
     
  6. YakuzaFloralGangsta

    YakuzaFloralGangsta R1 Ninja Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    this is a nice work, I really thought this modification, especially with the Mag Switch is one of the hardest.
    Looking forward to see final result, thanks :)
     
  7. xmetal

    xmetal Oakley Beginner

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    Got these finished up for now. They turned out quite nice, certainly much better than they were before. We'll see how the consumer-grade paints hold up but now that I know how to do it I can always strip down and redo it again someday. Just need rubber for the ear stems!

    Another DIY - Brushed Magnesium Switch - IMG_6374.jpg
    Another DIY - Brushed Magnesium Switch - IMG_6376.jpg
     
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  8. Funky-Trixtar

    Funky-Trixtar Me ,some time ago............. Premium Member

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    Two tone doesnt do it for me, but well done with overall finish........oh, and replacing those poxy lenses.
     
  9. xmetal

    xmetal Oakley Beginner

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    The main driver behind that was that I didn't want to kill my fingers trying to get in all the crevasses of the arms. :) Secondarily was aping the TiO2 kind of finish. Thirdly was that I don't have any two-tone frames, so I figured I'd give it a try and see if I end up liking it.

    And yes those lenses are the worst, goodness gracious.
     
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  10. Nortika

    Nortika Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Looks great, nice work!