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  1. Lee G

    Lee G Oakley Beginner

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    This may be used on other frames but I can't guarantee the results.
    I have a pair of Racing Jackets but they came with a matte frame and gloss jaws. I've always hated the gloss bits and finding aftermarket jaws is a nightmare. Getting them shipped to uk is even worse so I looked at how I could mod them.

    First thoughts was to go for a total gloss so I polished the whole frame using very fine motor cutting polish with a microfibre cloth. This gave an over all gloss result which whilst nice but really wasn't the result I wanted. How to turn the whole lot matte again was now the challenge.

    After much googling the common solution to turn gloss plastic matte is to use a scotch brite pad normally found on the back of kitchen sponges. If you want professional results then you're looking a blasting techniques which can be expensive and destructive.
    So sponge in hand I did a quick trial on the back of one arm and this indicated that whilst it removed the gloss it left quite a rough finish with lines or swirls, not ideal.
    This got me thinking about different abrasives and application techniques.

    Whilst getting ready for work the solution was in front of me.
    I have an electric rotary toothbrush with a replaceable brush. This would be a good applicator I just needed the right compound. Whitening toothpaste did work and left a nice minty smell, but a trip to the store found a fine abrasive paste used for polishing metal.
    10 mins work and the end result is a clean matte finish with no swirls or lines..
     
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  2. Lee G

    Lee G Oakley Beginner

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    Not the best of photos but it will give an idea of the finish achieved O-matter Frames Gloss To Matte - image.jpg
     
  3. dragonvoi

    dragonvoi Dragonvoi knows xMetal. Premium Member

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    Awesome tip! What did you use to apply the compound? An old toothbrush head? Or did you modify it?
     
  4. Lee G

    Lee G Oakley Beginner

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    No modifications to the brush at all, and the details of the compound are that it includes fine ground silica flour! Here's exactly what I used.
    O-matter Frames Gloss To Matte - image.jpg
     
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  5. Mr X Metal

    Mr X Metal Oakley Enthusiast

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    Dude. I like it. I may have to test the waters on an old beat up pair and see what I can do. I have a pair of straight jackets that I so wish were matte.