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    Visual machine modifications

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all,

    I was reading a thread somewhere on the www and came across someone that had dramatically changed the look of their espresso machine with copper sheet and gold plate :-/

    I have also seen some wooden group handles and steam levers, and seem to remember reading about someone that changed their steam and hot water taps to Isomac Mondiale style levers 8-)

    Has anyone modified the appearance of their machines and can we have some pics? :)

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    Re: Visual machine modifications

    Mine is modded and posted..

    Read and weep.. Still think teh BLUE led was the best upgrade *;D

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1246171209/15#15

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    Re: Visual machine modifications

    Thanks anger Management, you have made the thread :o

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    Re: Visual machine modifications

    Quote Originally Posted by 3533242F35322A28410 link=1257853715/2#2 date=1257936784
    Thanks anger Management, you have made the thread :o
    Corrected my link... Sorry...



    Juanjo is the only other CS I know; that has modded their systems to any significance..



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    Re: Visual machine modifications

    Borats very shiny resto, not a massive visual mod but sure is nice to look at :)



    THread with more pics
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1250236349

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    Re: Visual machine modifications

    Thats so cool.
    Did you do the polishing yourself, or outsource it?

    Looks lovely.

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    Re: Visual machine modifications

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    This is from a four year old coffeegeek thread so there should be no issues cross posting it :P

    It is/was an Expobar Brewtus

    This is a direct cut and paste, I tend to use more punctuation and paragraphs.....

    I dont think I had this machine for quite 2 weeks before I completely tore it apart with a plan to make it something my wife would not have me cover or store under the cabinet... she just didnt like the looks of it.. to "industrial" or "male". *So I started looking into different ways to "color" the exterior cabinet to make it prettier. *After a few days of thinking about it, I talked to some people at a local electroplating company (in Tucson- weve got lots of vintage cars around here, and they like to plate nearly everything under the hood). *The owner told me that he thought it could manage it. *By that time, I had already disassembled it so he could get a good look at what needed to be done (I didnt want to force him into guessing) and he gave me an estimate: *1 week and approximately $600. *That was for elecroplating the entire cabinet and screws with copper, and the E61 group/group handle and all other exterior hardware (steam and water wands) with gold. *He suggested gold, because it was not that much more than brass, is food safe and extremely stable under heat and pressure. *So off we went-- 5 weeks later I got it all back. *They had some employment issues-- so it wasnt entirely a technical problem. *I was warned that a mirror-polished surface of copper needs some kind of coating (either powder coating or clear urethane) to protect it from tarnishing- that was the mistake. *Powder coating requires baking at 400 deg F, which will turn the metal a variety of very beautiful hues between blue and yellow, which isnt really the desired outcome. *That took a week to strip and polish to get it back to the original copper finish, then it was shot with a clear-coat of urethane. *The finishing took approximately 3 weeks. *All this time, some wood parts were being made by Les (Thortamper.com)- and came out awesome. *Hes currently working on the steam and water knobs, but those require some new techniques in manufacturing hes not tackled before and may be a while before I get those. *In the end (about 10 weeks total) I think (THINK!) it was worth it.. I had my trusty Pavoni to keep me company all the while-- although it did create a bit of stress due to the constant miss in time estimates. *If you attempt this, take lots of good, clear digital photos- otherwise, reassembly may prove to be quite challenging. *I never saw a sign from Expobar (or wholelattelove.com) that sais "no user-serviceable parts inside" or "entry will void warranty".. so I proceeded. *You can only imagine what our kitchen counter looked like during this time! *I have a very patient wife (she even felt guilty, because she thought it was mostly her idea.. I just let her think that).



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