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Ebony Veneer "Sleeve" for SX Mini M Class

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Mods' started by laurie9300, Jan 27, 2016.

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  1. laurie9300

    laurie9300 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney Australia
    I love my M Class, it's been a rock solid mod since I bought it on first release. Unfortunately it has suffered the same fate as many from that first run.

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    Well I got sick of looking at it, and was looking around for options when I saw dr_egenius' thread on reddit.........

    SX Mini Veneer Project Complete! • /r/electronic_cigarette

    And the accompanying imgur album..........



    The minute I saw it I knew it was what I wanted, and he left just enough breadcrumbs for me to work out what he did.

    The first step was disassembly, I couldn't get enough heat into the negative solder joints without heating the whole thing up too much, so I just snipped the two negative wires.

    Then, using a linisher, I slowly took off some of the thickness all the way around to accommodate the veneer. I found I could completely remove the contours without running out of material. This provides a nice even surface to bond the veneer to.

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    I then cut the veneer oversize, and, ensuring both surfaces where clean, sprayed both the sleeve and the veneer with contact adhesive.

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    Then I applied steam to the veneer using a hand held steam cleaner. A steam iron or even a boiling jug will do the same job. This makes the veneer very flexible. With the veneer on a flat surface, I then pushed the spine of the sleeve onto the centre of the veneer, and rocked it to one side, then the other, ensuring the veneer bonded to the sleeve smoothly. Then clamped it up for about an hour.

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    Trimmed, shaped and sanded.

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    I then applied a CA finish, sanded and polished with micromesh. Soldered the wires back and..........

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    Now it's not perfect, but this was the first time I have attempted anything "wood" since High School, and I have never done CA before, so I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It's not up to dr_egenius' standard, but infinitely better than it was.

    This was completed over 4 days, however there wouldn't be more than 2 1/2 hrs work in it

    I'm not a redditor, but if anyone reading this is, I would appreciate if you could poss on my thanks to dr_egenius, as without him, this would never have happened.
     
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  2. burnie71

    burnie71 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    South Australia
    Very nice! and very well done, now you have me thinking to do similar. Will wait a bit as my paint is still ok, thanks for sharing:thumbs:
     
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  3. ThunderDan

    ThunderDan Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 15, 2014
    MD
    Nicely done. Sure did refresh the appearance of that M-class.
     
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  4. cooper99

    cooper99 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 21, 2014
    montreal qc canada
    Really nice work. Glad you shared this.:)
     
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  5. laurie9300

    laurie9300 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney Australia
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  6. EverPresentNoob

    EverPresentNoob Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 2, 2015
    DC Metro area
    Hmm... Looks damn good! wonder if I could do this to one of my RXs...
     
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  7. laurie9300

    laurie9300 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney Australia
    I'd love to see it! The process really wasn't hard, and I have little experiece with wood........GO FOR IT!
     
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  8. classwife

    classwife Admin
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    Beautiful !

    Moved this to Cosmetic Mods :)
     
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