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    Black or White

    Looking at getting my La Marzocco GS3 powder coated, but the dilemma i am facing is if i should go matte black or white.

    Love the look of both, and am really torn.

    This is what mine looks like now





    in black




    in white



    Also, for those that have had powder coating done on their machines, whats it like to keep clean and does it scratch easily?

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    We do a LOT of machine customising on commercial machines and a lot of powdercoating. Commercial machines are a good test of durability of finishes due to the amount of use/abuse they get in a short time, and we find that black hides scuffs and stains much better than white. White powdercoating tends to discolour due to heat damage over time, and shows every speck of dirt that sits in any fine scratches on the powdercoated surfaces.
    We try to avoid powdercoating any surface that gets constant contact with cups, hands, or group handles - drip tray grilles and the vertical panel just below the groups get the worst damage, and we always tell a customer that they will end up looking pretty average quite quickly and recommend they stay stainless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganGT View Post
    We do a LOT of machine customising on commercial machines and a lot of powdercoating. Commercial machines are a good test of durability of finishes due to the amount of use/abuse they get in a short time, and we find that black hides scuffs and stains much better than white. White powdercoating tends to discolour due to heat damage over time, and shows every speck of dirt that sits in any fine scratches on the powdercoated surfaces.
    We try to avoid powdercoating any surface that gets constant contact with cups, hands, or group handles - drip tray grilles and the vertical panel just below the groups get the worst damage, and we always tell a customer that they will end up looking pretty average quite quickly and recommend they stay stainless.
    My thoughts exactly Morgan.

    Take note of black cars, look fantastic when clean, sadly they show every speck of dust.

    My feeling is stainless is the ideal case material.

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    Agree. Of the 3 photos, I like the first best.

    White one would be the last choice. Makes it look like a cheap 70ís kitchen appliance.
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    Morgan thanks for the tips.
    I dont have an issue with cleaning my machines, as even my S/S bodied machines looked like brand new after 10 years.
    My concern is more the durability of the powdercoating. Because if it scratches easily, as you say, will look terrible in no time.

    Yelta, i love black cars and loved the challenge of keeping mine spotless. I am a bit of a clean freak, as my wife keeps telling me


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    That black example is stunning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    That black example is stunning.
    yea, i love it also, so am going to go ahead with it. Will leave the drip tray top S/S though, just like in the pic, but not because of fear it scratching, but because i think it just looks slightly nicer and blends well with the other S/S bits.
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    Great choice mate it looks amazing in my opinion.
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    well dropped it off today and should be ready end of next week. Saw a couple other machines there in the same finish and it looks great in the flesh.
    The hardest part will be, been without my machine for a week

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Nice toys JohnA

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