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Old 08-26-2016, 05:04 AM #17
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Wow nice job with everything...

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@Encap and RB, thanks, appreciate the kind words.

@jay, I agree, the final finish turned out nice. I hadn't intended to put a polished finish on it, but as I kept going finer and finer with the sandpaper, I liked the look better and better!
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Very, very beautiful build....Great Toot !!!
Thanx 4 the share !!!

Soo...Brass DOES kick ASS !!! Beam out !!
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That is really nice buddy, great job nice work, and very nice host I wish I could get one to play with!
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Guys, thanks for the many positive comments!

@CDBeam, yes brass can be kickass!
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I'm sorry but I cannot get over how much I like this laser. I'm a sucker for unique builds/hosts and this one, combined with the red, just makes me want to try and make one for myself! How did you remove the black from the host? Just using a wheel? Or was there sandpaper involved?
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Hi LDB, I'm glad you like it!
I actually didn't even use a buffing wheel at all on this host; all of the black paint removal and finishing was done with progressively finer grits of sandpaper, while turning the host body in a lathe.
I think I started with 1000 grit to remove the paint and get some of the scratches and imperfections from the host.
Most of the host sections when screwed together didn't line up well, and took a bit of sanding work to get the split lines to blend together and all but dissapear.
I then used 1500, 2000, 4000, and finished up with 6000 grit paper and then polished it with "Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish" available at any automotive store.
The one problem with this finish is that it's a fingerprint magnet, you just look at it and it gets prints on it!


The photo below shows the host after paint removal and sanding with 1000 grit paper.

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Hi LDB, I'm glad you like it!
I actually didn't even use a buffing wheel at all on this host; all of the black paint removal and finishing was done with progressively finer grits of sandpaper, while turning the host body in a lathe.
I think I started with 1000 grit to remove the paint and get some of the scratches and imperfections from the host.
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I then used 1500, 2000, 4000, and finished up with 6000 grit paper and then polished it with "Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish" available at any automotive store.
The one problem with this finish is that it's a fingerprint magnet, you just look at it and it gets prints on it!


The photo below shows the host after paint removal and sanding with 1000 grit paper.

I Love it!

I've found a few hosts on fasttech and Aliexpress that I think I might try something similar with

Thanks for a great post and project!
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Hi LDB, I'm glad you like it!
I actually didn't even use a buffing wheel at all on this host; all of the black paint removal and finishing was done with progressively finer grits of sandpaper, while turning the host body in a lathe.
I think I started with 1000 grit to remove the paint and get some of the scratches and imperfections from the host.
Most of the host sections when screwed together didn't line up well, and took a bit of sanding work to get the split lines to blend together and all but dissapear.
I then used 1500, 2000, 4000, and finished up with 6000 grit paper and then polished it with "Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish" available at any automotive store.
The one problem with this finish is that it's a fingerprint magnet, you just look at it and it gets prints on it!

The photo below shows the host after paint removal and sanding with 1000 grit paper.

LOL, I know about those finger prints, I have mirror polished metals and even aluminum picks up everything, even with very clean hands.
GOOD looking unit.
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@Lildutchboy - I hope you find a host you like; be sure to share your finished build with us!

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Wow ! What technology did you use to finish / polish it ?
I enjoy looking at the end result, despite that I use LASERs only as/for tools.
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Thanks Angel, glad you like it, it is definitely a shiny beast, and a real fingerprint magnet!
I didn't use anything special to polish it; I started with about a 1000 grit paper, and ended with 4000 or 6000, then polished it with my favorite metal polish "Mothers".
I've found that this works very well on most all metals, it's a soft paste so it goes on easily. I did all my polishing on the lathe, no buffing wheels were used.

You can't go wrong with something called "MOTHERS".

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Very nice job on the finish, very good looking result!

Personally i like these things to look at, but if i were to use it in real life i'd probably prefer to just have the matte black coating on there. It prevens the whole fingerprint thing, and could actually result in slightly better thermal performace if you used the right type of coating material.
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Very nice job on the finish, very good looking result!

Personally i like these things to look at, but if i were to use it in real life i'd probably prefer to just have the matte black coating on there. It prevens the whole fingerprint thing, and could actually result in slightly better thermal performace if you used the right type of coating material.
What kind of coating are you thinking about? I can't think of something that would have an effect on it... if anything couldn't a high polish finish help with thermal issues by reducing any like external heat and light absorption?
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