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    Just for something different I decided to try the Prosumer look. It started innocently enough - the plastic chrome shroud around the group head was peeling so I removed it. I liked the industrial look of the brass group head so I cleaned it up and left it exposed. This then led to something more. The aim was to give the Silvia a more Prosumer look. The criteria was to not spend any more than a kilo of beans - about $35 bucks, to not cut up the original fascia or drill any extra holes, and to be able to revert back to original in less than a minute.

    I sourced a brushed stainless steel sheet (to match the rest of the machine) for free from an engineering workshop, a bought a plumbing connection from Bunnings for about $6 for the drip pipe and I used kitchen drawer grab knobs ($2.95 each) for the legs. A simple template and this is the end result. I understand it may not be everyone's thing but for now I like having something a bit unique and different.....a whole lot cheaper than the Wega Mininova Classic I was itching to upgrade to.








  • #2
    I like it! I'd get this done to my silvia for sure

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pudpatrick View Post
      I like it! I'd get this done to my silvia for sure
      Thanks - for the cost you can't go wrong I guess. And it reverts back in a minute.

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      • #4
        With a little elbow grease, you can make that group glow !
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        • #5
          Originally posted by blend52 View Post
          With a little elbow grease, you can make that group glow !
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          I love it. Did you do it all by hand by wet-sanding? Appreciate any pointers.

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          • #6
            Yes, worked down from 180 grit dry, to 1200 wet, then polishing compound.
            Took an hour or so !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by blend52 View Post
              Yes, worked down from 180 grit dry, to 1200 wet, then polishing compound.
              Took an hour or so !
              Thanks - it's been on my 'to do' list for a couple of weeks but I wanted to get the fascia on first and get that finished. I'll be over the moon if it looks as good as yours...well done.

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              • #8
                What did you use to cut the ssteel? looks pretty neat for a home job
                also, did you cover the inside too, as I thought that part is black painted?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by okitoki View Post
                  What did you use to cut the ssteel? looks pretty neat for a home job
                  also, did you cover the inside too, as I thought that part is black painted?
                  Yes, I covered the inside too but only the area that would be visible plus a few mm. I got a mate to cut it at his workshop - unfortunately the stainless steel I got (for free) is 16 gauge which is much thicker than the standard Silvia gauge so it needed a special cutting tool/guillotine which I didn't have.

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