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  1. BriP

    BriP X-Metalhead

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    hey guys, im sure you all remember my Halloween special from last year when i restored a XX.. and transplanted hammerstems onto my juliet.

    no such tomfoolery this time- its a TiO2 we're dealing with!

    Thanks to rustpot for passing these along, i think it belonged to Another forum member as well before that?

    This pair was in real rough shape. Luckily, the lenses are still in good shape, and all screws are intact.

    here it is after a quick wash and lens removal-
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff0238-8944-6a58.jpg

    first and foremost, that is not a lighting issue- the plasma
    has oxidised to the point of being bronze. i was kind of surprised when i took it out of the bag.. so crazy! and such an even finish too. this is gen2 plasma, which obviously still has issues, but isnt as brittle or tempermental as gen1 (although not as pretty imo).

    furthermore, one of the hinges were misaligned-
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff0243-8a06-7714.jpg
    just mildly, and a fairly common issue ive seen in some xmetals.
    i tracked the cause to a worn hinge washer which was already falling out
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff0252-8a5c-950c.jpg
    it also would need a tuneup.

    this was therefore the perfect piece for me- something to tear down, and rebuild from the ashes, just as they were designed to be. I love restoration.

    So i tore down the frame, all rubbers off, lenses out, screws out, and arms off. clean all that- seems like the hinges havent been touhed before considering 3 of the 8 hinge washers were worn down, and 1 was missing (probably completely worn away), and there was a buildup of black gunk and sand in the hinge and screw threads as well. this probably caused the plastic washers to wear that badly.

    i took to one orbital with metal polish- with decent results.
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff0252-4737-4f05.jpg
    here is a left-right comparison. left- unrestored and bronze, right- polished down and silver again.
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff022b-8bab-7e41.jpg
    youll notice ill have to go over it again as ive missed out some spots and the lens groove. ill do it thoroughly tomorrow, i was just testing this and it went well.

    more updates as she goes!
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff024c-8c64-2661.jpg

    update! assembled:
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff0251-49aa-eef4.jpg
     
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  2. hearno

    hearno Oakley Collector

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    One of my favorite parts of buying a nice pair for cheap because it was in rough shape. It's satisfying to see them turn into something nice with a little work.
     
  3. BriP

    BriP X-Metalhead

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    yup its real satisfying. this is concurrent with my zero repairs (you can seenit in the last pic there) as well as my wire subzero build. love it!
     
  4. BriP

    BriP X-Metalhead

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    both orbitals now completely back to silver. looks alot better already.. the nosebridge has some wear on the front.. anyone know how to resurface Xmetal? besides bead blasting of course..
    BriP's second Xmetal XX - Another restoration project - dcff023c-1beb-615b.jpg

    no biggie if there isnt- its more o a wearer anyway, with no box/coin etc.
     
  5. SpliceD

    SpliceD B-)

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    Did you try the polish on the x metal?
     
  6. BriP

    BriP X-Metalhead

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    no, i figured it'd only make it MORE polished instead of the matte color which i want.hmm.. i will try a spot and see what happens, but im quite sure its going the wrong way..
     
  7. SpliceD

    SpliceD B-)

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    Try it on the earstem, under where the earsock would go.
     
  8. BriP

    BriP X-Metalhead

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    haha but its perfectly fine there. i tried it on the tip of the earstem where it was also slightly polished... no dice.
     
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  10. BriP

    BriP X-Metalhead

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    has anyone tried one of these on anything? i wanna see how well it works