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    In transit my new machine was scratched leaving a black scratch down the side and it realy buggs me. So Im thinking about what can be done, can I take it to a stainless steel fabricator to be repolished? Or any other suggestions would be appreciated

    thanks

  • #2
    Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

    do you have household accidental insurance? it will possibly (mine does) cover anything in-transit TO your house, yes even online purchased goods. For a $250 excess you may be able to get a new skin - but you didnt say what machine? It may or may not be worth it.

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    • #3
      Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

      Its a brugnetti viola, havnt got contents insurance

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      • #4
        Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

        Not Pritty :-[

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        • #5
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          tis a shame! I dont want to give bad advice so hopefully someone who has rebuilt their machine can help out.

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          • #6
            Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

            Difficult to tell on my phone but are you sure its stainless and not chrome plated?

            Might be able to polish out if stainless, with a small buff and fine cutting compound. If chrome plate it could be re plated.
            Take it to a metal fabricator shop and ask.

            Is it brand new or just new to you?
            Brand new should be under warranty

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            • #7
              Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

              Hmm im not sure if stainless or chrome coated how can you tell? Its newish to me but a 2008 machine

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              • #8
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                On the side? Put something up against it. You will spend a fortune trying to restore that. Otherwise a bit of graffiti art will cover it and give it character! Or just a plain old sticker ... been anywhere nice lately?

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                • #9
                  Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

                  If its mirror, its most likely chrome. Looks like it to me.

                  A dentmaster style mob or similar should be able to remove any dings and then Id reckon $50 would cover replating.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

                    Whiteman Ive tryed hiding but it still bugs me, even if Im the only one that knows its there

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                    • #11
                      Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

                      Originally posted by 7C7B74692C28282C1D0 link=1331983066/6#6 date=1332122954
                      Hmm im not sure if stainless or chrome coated how can you tell? Its newish to me but a 2008 machine
                      Place a magnet on the surface ....... Chrome plated steel will be magnetic ..... Stainless wont.

                      I would try buffing it out first ....
                      or you could contact manufacturer and ask for a replacement panel ..


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                      • #12
                        Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

                        Thanks for the tip, its magnetic and there for chrome. Ive tryed buffing it, no dice and I imagine it would be very expensive to get a replacement shell. Ive contacted Vinci chrome and without seeing it they wouldnt give me a definate quote and whether they will do the job but they said should be around $50 so I think thats what I will do

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                        • #13
                          Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

                          Maybe its the blackened section thats most annoying. The black part must either bare metal or a residue from whatever rubbed against in transit.

                          Have you taken to the blackened section with a buffing polish. Buffing alone wont do much.
                          Look up Micro Mesh or Micro Mesh 1 micron Micro Gloss.
                          There a version for chrome plus other finishes and metals.

                          Or try rubbing with a clear or white pencil eraser.
                          Get a newish one not one resting in the back of a drawer for years.
                          Rub REALLY hard and dry wipe the rubbing every so often.
                          You dont want it to get too hot and you dont want to drive the rubbed material into or under any scratch.

                          Or cut a smallish sheet of alfoil and use it as a cover held in place by kitchen/coffee themed fridge magnets.

                          Or can this be made to work...
                          http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1327034692/2

                          Then you could spend $42 on BeanBay.
                          Just me maybe...



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                          • #14
                            Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

                            Its denfiatly worth a try, when it gets back from its service I will give it a try before taking it in to be replated, thanks

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                            • #15
                              Re: Stainless steel repair/ polish

                              Originally posted by 6F6873746F6863070 link=1331983066/10#10 date=1332286842
                              Place a magnet on the surface ....... Chrome plated steel will be magnetic ..... Stainless wont.
                              Sadly, thats not always true. As a rule:

                              300 series stainless is non magnetic.
                              400 series stainless is magnetic.

                              Your kitchen sink and spoons will be non magnetic but most sheet stainless is the cheaper 400 series and will still be magnetic. It could even be both... 400 series stainless and chromed!

                              (sorry to add to the confusion!)

                              As always, if unsure, take it to someone who can point you in the right direction before you dig yourself in.

                              I would also suggest removing the case and playing on the inside first too.
                              8-)

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