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This instructable shows how to prepare a metal box using a buffing technique that can simulate wood grain, birdseye or other finishes. The technique g...
The box that I am preparing is a small cast aluminum box that typically has a rough finish in the raw. This one is similar to the Hammond 1590B.Every ...
They key to getting the grain lines and 3D effect is to use the buffing wheel at an angle. Go over the entire surface of the box. Typically I start a...
After a few passes across the box, the pattern will begin to appear. It is important to buff the entire surface of the box to remove the oxidation. ...
A soft brass brush can also be used to pattern the box surface but I find that it leaves too many scratches in the soft aluminum. In this example, th...
Since this is a guitar effects pedal and requires holes for the controls and the audio jacks, I usually mark the holes and drill once the surface has ...
The pilot holes are drilled and you can see some of the buffed pattern in the surface. Once the final holes are drilled, the box is ready for painting...
For the wood grain finish that I am using on this box, two coats of paint are used. Krylon X-Metals is a type of paint that remains transparent afte...
Other paint colors and buffing patterns can be used on the box surfaces. These were sprayed with Duplicolor Metalcast green only. Testors also offers...
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