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Just finished the epoxy job on my Model M, success!

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It's a bit bigger than a standard SSK, definitely cheaper, and a lot could be done chopping more here and there, but I'm not going to venture past this first chop job.
Still a lot to be done, took some guts to start, but the worst part is over, hopefully.
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Nice job, though I'd prefer to get rid of the nav keys you've kept and move the num pad across. The beauty of doing things yourself is you get what you want.
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ThePillenwerfer wrote:Nice job, though I'd prefer to get rid of the nav keys you've kept and move the num pad across. The beauty of doing things yourself is you get what you want.

That would be my ideal layout too, even better if the num pad has 3 columns like that of the F77, but, a job like that would require a lot more work in getting the chopping right and I'm not even sure what should be done with the membrane layers.
In the case of a tkl or a 60% (there's a few around called happy buckling : ), the membrane can be folded or cut and then easily taped with copper.
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andrea-i wrote:Just finished the epoxy job on my Model M, success!
the worst part is over, hopefully.

The worst part is just ahead if you are planning to hide these cuts: sanding, applying putty, sanding, primer, primer, more sanding, paint, paint, paint again…
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Quartz64 wrote:
andrea-i wrote:Just finished the epoxy job on my Model M, success!
the worst part is over, hopefully.

The worst part is just ahead if you are planning to hide these cuts: sanding, applying putty, sanding, primer, primer, more sanding, paint, paint, paint again…

Cutting my beloved M and putting it back together was the scary part, that's what I meant : D
The rest is just painful, but not much in the way of surprises...actually, the screw-mod might be annoying too.
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All chops done, seams sanded flush, screw mod done, all is ready for the paint job!
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I did an experiment with a water-based resin for floors.
I just used it on my bathroom, might sound funny and a bit inconsiderate, but the stuff is top notch!
It's made to be resistant, thin, perfect coverage of color on any underlying color...and as it turns out, works great on plastic too.
I've pigmented it with some resin colors I had, but I'm not happy with that color yet.
I won't try and match industrial gray, but I want this to be more green-ish.

I can still see a lot of sanding scratches, I'm hoping a lighter sand beforehand and another light sand before second coat will make everything smooth and hopefully still keep some texture.
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Freshly bathroom-resin-coated : D
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The texture comes from applying the resin by gently pushing the tip of the brush against the surface at a 90 degree angle, rather than brush-stroking.

This is just the first coat and the finish is pretty good already, tomorrow I'll finish the whole thing, it dries pretty fast and than needs to properly set for a few more days.
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andrea-i wrote:Freshly bathroom-resin-coated : D
(read previous post for an explanation)
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The texture comes from applying the resin by gently pushing the tip of the brush against the surface at a 90 degree angle, rather than brush-stroking.

This is just the first coat and the finish is pretty good already, tomorrow I'll finish the whole thing, it dries pretty fast and than needs to properly set for a few more days.

Y had a doubt about "epoxy-painting" an old broken chasis I have for a future project. This looks great and I'm happy to see it works as expected.
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Excelso wrote:
andrea-i wrote:Freshly bathroom-resin-coated : D
(read previous post for an explanation)
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The texture comes from applying the resin by gently pushing the tip of the brush against the surface at a 90 degree angle, rather than brush-stroking.

This is just the first coat and the finish is pretty good already, tomorrow I'll finish the whole thing, it dries pretty fast and than needs to properly set for a few more days.

I had a doubt about "epoxy-painting" an old broken chasis I have for a future project. This looks great and I'm happy to see it works as expected.
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bare in mind this stuff is water based resin, much thinner than epoxy and contains very opaque pigments.
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Not even close to being perfect, but I'm so impatient to put this on my desk that I will just take it for a spin as it is now : D

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