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  1. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

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    I finally got the opportunity to access my friend's science lab over the weekend and it was hell of a fun time. I've managed to recreate the original x-metal grey finish amongst other crazy things.

    The test subject was a very beat up pair of R1 in XM grey with heavy scruff marks and scratches. Here's an arm that's restored in original the glory of XM grey.

    The other crazy results from other beater pairs resulted in "X-Metal Polished Grey" and "X-Metal Black Chrome".

    All of these were achieved without painting, photoshopping nor electroplating. It's pure mad science chemistry.

    X-metal original grey restoration - Before01.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - Before02.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - XMGrey-After01.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - XMGrey-After02.jpg
     
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  2. supersharp

    supersharp X-Metal Connoisseur Premium Member

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    Cool. So, of it's not painted or electroplated, what is it?
     
  3. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

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    It's a chemical bath using a cocktail of solutions performed under his scientific guidance. It may or may not be something that Oakley used but it has the same appearance and texture and durability. Short of kidnapping an Oakley employee to reveal the secrets, I think this is as close as it gets.

    It's also something that can't be done in a home environment due to the hazards involved. The fumes ensued from the reactions are toxic.
     
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  4. #1 Stunna!

    #1 Stunna! Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Hmm, thinking about doing this with a pair of XS.. how much this cost?
     
  5. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

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    I'll be getting the rest of my frames from the lab in a few hours time so I'll get a better gauge on consistency and quality. So far it's very promising, and if it all goes well with enough people interested, then the cost should be fairly cheap for a restoration job.
     
  6. pjd1234

    pjd1234 X METAL NERD

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    Very nice.
     
  7. THE X-MAN

    THE X-MAN Forum Sponsor Gold Forum Sponsor Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    so this goes back to my original debate of x-metal finish is a chemical process and not just sandblasted.
     
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  8. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

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    Here's my R1 restored with before/after pics. The Juliet X-metal ruby (mint) and the Jordan R1 (slightly faded) are reference pairs

    The serial has survived intact!

    EDIT: re-uploaded pics for clearer explanation

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_before01.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_before02.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_before03.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_after01.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_after02.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_after03.jpg
     
    Last edited: 8/17/15
  9. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

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    comparison pic with mint Juliet XM Ruby & scruffed R1 Jordan. The original R1 was in a beat up state but now fully restored as shown

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_compare01.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_compare02.jpg

    X-metal original grey restoration - r1_compare03.jpg
     
  10. OakleyFrankFMJ

    OakleyFrankFMJ The Legend - - Vlad the Impaler Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    AAAAAhhhhhhhhhhh............the debate..... endless debates.. ;)





     
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