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Hand half-polished host!

Cube777

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Hi LPF,

As some of you know I recently did a build with this host (HERE), but my relative broke it by twisting the head instead of the focusing ring :yabbem: I also tested the host to see if it re-usable, and surprisingly the switch was also broken by the pins of the driver twisting inside. So I took out the switch and fixed it :D, but I'm am a perfectionist, and there was some small scratches on the host which was simply unacceptable for me. I decided I would polish the host by HAND as I don't have the tools to polish it, and started sanding it first with a 60 Grit, then 120 and then 240. Now I don't know if I should go for a higher grit because this also looks great. Here is the results:











What is your thoughts, should I go for the higher grit and get it close to a mirror-like finish (hopefully)? I decided to keep the head and tailcap red as they will compliment the red laser :D Thanks for looking!
 
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Eudaimonium

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Looks cool as it is. If you go for finer grit and polish, like mirror polish, it'll just become a fingerprint magnet, not to mention every single ding and dent from normal usage will become 5x more visible.

If you go for mirror polish, make sure to go for clear anodizing layer to protect the host as well.
 

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^Thank you! Means a lot coming from THE machinist of the forum! Do you think I should go for maybe just a bit finer grit to get just a little more shine?
 

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Heh thanks,

Well I usually finish the face of the heatsinks with 800grit, the sandpaper of the type you use along with water, you know?

It's fine "smooth" like finish without being mirror-like or reflexive too much, so it's a good compromise between nice finish and visibility of scratches.

If you got 800grit, try it, if not, no big deal, host looks great either way! :beer:
 

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Thank you very much! I'll definitely try the 800 grit :beer:
 

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Let us all know how it turns out for you.

Should be really nice. Also, some beamage, you know. Can't post laser pics without some lasing :D
 

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Still need to instal the laser itself, this still is just a bare host. Sadly a relative broke it (before this) so time for revival of the laser!
 




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