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  1. Batwolf

    Batwolf Double Team Premium Member

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    I've been curious about this for some time now. I know FMJ is a special finish but I've never seen any in depth details about it and how it's applied and etc. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
     
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  2. Batwolf

    Batwolf Double Team Premium Member

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    I guess nobody knows or cares lol.
     
  3. BriP

    BriP X-Metalhead

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    haha idon't know either. but judging by how it flakes, probably some kind of coating process similar to plating, but obviously on plastic theres something else going on. hmm.. could it be sprayed on? =S
     
  4. Razerwire

    Razerwire And then there was X...

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    From what a rep told me when I asked about the White Chrome Ten was that FMJ was an extra coating that was supposed to prevent the peeling that was happening to frames pre-FMJ. From what I gathered from the info was that FMJ was essentially just extra coats of the chrome on the frame.
     
  5. TOWSNBN

    TOWSNBN Oakley Beginner

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    From a couple people on the o review ......


    FMJ is a lite metal application that Oakley bakes, similiar to a powder coating process, onto certain frames. This thin layer is anti-corrosive yet brital.


    Pretty much all FMJ eyewear starts out black. The frames are attached to clips in a mostly closed fashion. Under the earsocks of just about every pair of FMJ eyewear you will notice two spots where the frame is black. Thats where its attached to the clips so it doesnt get painted there (also a small portion of the hinge). The glasses are clipped into rows on a huge gear driven hollow cylinder a litter bigger than a refridgerator sitting on its side. Two large copper contacts protrude from one end of the device which links to some SUPER heavy gauge copper wire down the length of the device. Also along the length of the device tiny pieces of im-not-sure-what-kind of metal are attached in line with the heavy gauge wires. The metal flakes are about 1/2"x1/4" and are very thin and only maybe 10-20 flakes are used in the whole process (if i recall correctly). The whole cylinder is pushed into a big chamber and the door sealed tight. The copper contacts are charged with a huge jolt of electricity which vaporizes the metal flakes and the plastic frames are charged which causes the vaporized metal to stick to it. When the frames come out they are all a very bright chrome looking color (brighter than polished aluminum but along the same lines). I actually thought it would be a cool color by itself but they arent finished yet. The frames then get transfered to the FMJ painting room where they are given their final color. This process is apparently very toxic and highly flammable. The employees have to wear full suits of protective gear to work in there. In my years at Oakley one fire started in the FMJ lab that required evacuating the whole building. Lucky they managed to keep it under control.
     
  6. jonoyong

    jonoyong Inside Outlaw. Staff Member Premium Member

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    nice one TOWSNBN! i was trying to find this exact info from the OR threads, but just couldn't source it out. i definitely rem reading it though. and you came thru. awesome!
     
  7. Razerwire

    Razerwire And then there was X...

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    Good to know the actual process of producing those. They should make that an episode for How It's Made. :D
     
  8. Oakleynerd

    Oakleynerd Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    thank you TOWSNBN for that information!
     
  9. jk-27

    jk-27 Moderator Premium Member

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    Wow, the FMJ coating has to be applied in a full body suit because it's toxic. I think that just makes them that little bit cooler now. Everytime I look at one of my FMJs now I'm going to thinking of some guy in a full protective body suit like Marty McFly in Back to the Future holding them in tweezers and sweating like a pig as he puts them in the box ready to ship to me.

    What Is FMJ And How Does It Work? - 488px-Darth_Vader-Vulcan_Salute.jpg
     
  10. Oakleynerd

    Oakleynerd Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    and you have to wear them in your Marty McFly dress :eek:))