I picked up my new grinder a few weeks ago, but not my new machine as it was stuck in a container. Given I had a bit of a break over xmas I thought I would give myself a project to repaint it. I didnt really like the silver, I thought with all the chrome and polished ali the silver was sort of lost. Also as it was Italian I thought why not go an Italian colour, so I got the paint code off the internet and went and had a paint place mix me up some paint. I ended up going with a 2 pack, as the guy said it would give me a harder finish than an acrylic.
I completely stripped the grinder, apart from the stator, which as it turns out is pressed into the Mazzers. Even removing the rotator was a bit of a pain, as I couldnt find a parts diagram and it wasnt until i cleaned out all the grease in the housing of the reduction gears that I found a couple of screws hiding that held on a plate. Then you just need a mini bearing puller to get the top bearing off to remove the rotator.
I then just stuffed it full of rags and taped it all up. Sanded, etched, primed base and clear coated. In hindsight I should have paid the extra and gotten a tinted primer, as orange doesnt cover dark grey primer too well. But I had a heap of paint, so it just took a few more coats.
Pictures of the finished product is attached (not the best pics but I only had my wifes camera). I have a few more of the disassembly but my iphoto seems to have crashed during an update. Once I get it fixed I will post up some more and do a better write up. There doesnt seem to be much on pulling these apart that I could find, so might help some others.
I was very happy with the finished product. To me it came up better in person that what the photos bring out. Now I just have to wait for the GS3, which I pick up on friday :D
in its new home, awaiting its master.
It still needs a polish as I have only compounded it. *there are still bits of compound in the cooling slots I need to get out. *Also there is this annoying hole just above the tines that just had a stainless screw in it. *It serves no purpose, I only assume it is from the doser model. *So still trying to think what to do with that. *In hindsight I should have filled it with some ali before I painted, but it slipped my mind.
but the orange does seem to contrast well with the chrome. Should look good with the black of the GS3. The wife isnt entirely convinced though :)
That looks simply awesome.
I saw a blog a while back that showed pictures of a similar thing and have wanted to do the same since.
Would love to see other photos if you can get them.
Looks great Clinto.Originally Posted by 66494C4B514A250 link=1295193245/4#4 date=1295193932
I suspect you might have blown your warranty though *:-?
The screw is handy and should probably stay there. Its purpose is to decrease the liklihood of you trashing your handiwork with the edge of the group handle ;)
Thats a very brave thing to do to a $2.5K grinder! Looks awesome though, Ive always thought grinders, especially commercial ones looked too dull.
Thanks for the comments. I was very happy with it. I am debating painting the cover on the GS3 paddle the same orange to match. I had seen a photo somewhere of one with red paddle covers.
Originally Posted by 3332382B35302A590 link=1295193245/7#7 date=1295245614
Yeh I have this picture of the grinder spread out all over the bench in pieces. There was a point I thought, that it may not have been the best idea :)
And yes I imagine I voided my warranty. I was thinking that as I nervously plugged it in for the first time post painting. It made all the correct noises though.
Although I figured there wasnt much that could go wrong with it anyway. Well just the main doser controller box. I did have to cut 3 wires in that and resolder them to get it apart. But everything else internally is just standard electrical bits.
Thanks Chris, I will put the screw back then, I thought it might have been something like that. I might see what I can come up with that looks a bit better.
I will try and post up the other pictures during the week when I get a chance, and I get iphoto to work grrr..
i think I saw the same thing, a jolly that had been painted red. That was my inspiration. I was originally thinking of stripping the grinder and polishing it. But it would probably have been a bit too much bling. That blog convinced me to go a retro orange.Originally Posted by 393B373F3F31362B580 link=1295193245/5#5 date=1295220356
The silver paint job on the grinder, is actually very good, and it is a nice metallic but it just doesnt seem to stand out so much. With the extra chrome bits on this, I thought it needed something else.
Although it is nice that at least on this grinder they have the cable glad and power cord coming out of the bottom of the grinder. That always bugged me about my Mini, was the big ugly cable gland sticking out the side of the grinder. For an italian manufacturer it was a bit utilitarian.
Heard about a guy who had painted on Kony orange at Dimattina last week and saw a shiny new GS3 sitting out the back (envy envy!!), nice work Clinto, may all of your shots be godly ones!! :) :) :)
Yep that is mine. I had to go overseas so cannot pick it up until Friday. 4 more sleeps, and then perhaps no sleep over the weekend from too much coffee :)
make me wanna repainted my grinder is well....
please post step by step how to repainted?
Clinto how long it take and how much you the cost?
That looks great mate! (wsully looks over at his silver Mazzer with Ferrari red in his eyes!) ;D