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I should have gotten the silver ProVari...

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  1. Riverboat

    Riverboat Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2012
    Im also OCD when it comes to my Mods....I have owned 3 Provaris all Black Satin...Never dropped them-always carried them in a SuperT felt bag when leaving the house.... Over time they all developed some small marks where you could see the Silver under the ceramic coating....I will never own a colored Provari again:nah:.... Needless to say they have all been sold, I now own a Satin Silver Provari V2.5:).......
  2. pkj

    pkj Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 18, 2010
    Paula in Arizona
    In 2011 I ordered a silver provari and rcv'd a black one. I opted to keep it. Keeping it was a bad decision on my part. Within a couple of days the black finish started wearing off. Within a couple weeks, it looked like it had gone through a war zone.

    I do not wear jewelry. (Not even a wedding ring) It had never left the house. The finish simply rubbed off at an alarming rate. One day I decided to contact Provape to see what they had to say about the black finish. Provape told me, "With things that have a coating It’s common for the finish to wear out." (I still have their email)

    I own 1-black (my first) and 2-silver ProVari's. I will never purchase a colored unit from Provape because my trust level in their color process is lacking. That is me. It is STILL the best pv I have ever owned. Yes, I've owned several other brands of pv's and have sold or passed them on. I still refer people to Provape, but I tell them to purchase the silver and they understand why when I show them my black provari. It is down right ugly ~ but vapes like the fog machine it is!

    Sorry to read this news about your blue provari. I'm sure the color process has improved since 2011 and hopefully they can get it fixed for you.
  3. jazon1

    jazon1 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    i would contact them there finish is a triple coating of ceramic and shouldn't have done that its possible you got one that only got one coat or had other issues,im sure provape will fix it for free for you.

    wow missed your response you got from provape im very surprised with there reply,i have only ordered the silver ones myself i just prefer unpainted devices, you could just stip it down and run some scotch brite over it and get a satin finished silver out of it or get one of there wraps they sell now,i still think there was a problem with the finish you got it shouldn't have worn off so fast even if you wear a ring.
  4. Kyndcookie

    Kyndcookie Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2013
    Dallas, TX
    You could get it stripped, but I wouldn't suggest doing it yourself. If you have a gun refinisher anywhere near you it could be bead blasted for probably not much money. When done it would already have a satin finish.
  5. jazon1

    jazon1 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    yea sand blasting would be best,im sure with a quick google search you could find someone local that has one,any machine shop around would have one as well as most places that paint cars.
  6. pkj

    pkj Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 18, 2010
    Paula in Arizona
    Thanks for the notes. I've decided to leave it ugly.

    It works great. And this way I have one that I can take camping, horseback riding, mountain climbing, fishing, etc. Why not? It's already ugly. What am I going to do? Scratch it and make it uglier? lol I refer to it as my Jack Palance. Not much was pretty about him either, but he sure made an impact on the film industry.
  7. Jeremy Evans

    Jeremy Evans Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

  8. double_aa_ron

    double_aa_ron Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 3, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    The latest from Provape. A copy and past from my email...

    Hi Aaron,

    I truly understand how you feel and I wish I had the authority to override my supervisor but I don't.

    Again, I am really sorry about this.


    I'm gonna contact them again tomorrow and get a "supervisor's" contact info.
  9. FogHawg

    FogHawg Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 9, 2013
    Wow. I always find these kind of threads AFTER I buy stuff. :ohmy:
  10. worthatry

    worthatry Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 14, 2012
    Not a military grade paint job? Haha just kidding provari guys. That does suck though. Maybe go a different route and see if they will send you a wrap for free or refund the extra money you paid for the one day finish and find your own wrap. There's a site that will let you customize your own wrap so maybe you can put picture of your kids on it, or your favorite sports team or something like that and really make it your own. Dont have the site link and i am on my phone but will try to find it later. And if the provari is the vaping powerhouse it is made out to be then I am sure you will be more than happy. Definitely sucks if they won't give you a wrap or refund your money though.
  11. zero7starz

    zero7starz Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 10, 2009
    Those with finish rubbing off, curious, what models did you guys have? If you can find a commonality you can build a bigger case against a warranty claim.
  12. urby2112

    urby2112 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 28, 2013
    Surprise, AZ
    Wow that sucks. That's why I get nervous about spending big bucks on the mods I take everywhere as I know something will happen. Try your supervisor route but as a last resort you might try credit card dispute. Just a thought. I would think that if you explained to them that you've been talking to ECF members who own the same device that you won't have to go this route. The following here is huge and I think the manufacturers want to see their products presented in a positive manner. Either way good luck!
  13. Judge Dredd

    Judge Dredd Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Nov 4, 2012
    Moved to ProVari section.
  14. tA71ana

    tA71ana Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I was going to get the black mini for my Vaperversary but now i am having second thoughts.
    I think when the time comes I'll get the silver one.
    I do hope this is a fluke of some type because not many people are going to be happy with a paint job that lasts only a day after paying almost 2 bills for a mod.
    I have eGos with rubberized finishes that still look good with very heavy handling; no nicks, tears, scratches or cracking.
    And I do wear rings on all my fingers, for the exception of my thumbs.
  15. pkj

    pkj Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 18, 2010
    Paula in Arizona
    My purchase was a couple years ago. I suspect (hope) they have improved the application technique so paint / color actually stays on the ProVari now. From what I have read, paint issues are rare now. Get what you want, when you want, the way you want. My experience is not the norm. ProVape is a good company. No, they are not perfect, but they are a very good company. I returned and purchased 2-silver ProVari's from them. That should say a lot for the confidence I have in their end product. I may be old, but I'm not stupid - lol
  16. Thompson

    Thompson Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 14, 2012
    North of NorCal
    I still don't understand why no plain SS?

    My black one is showing wear and tear, but I've not been all that gentle with it. The little trenches running up and down (its a v2) do show thinning & I can see the SS beneath.

    I'm not that upset about it myself, but I've done more to the coating than just that tiny bit of wear. I just look at it as a bit of character. Its certainly one of the most rugged things I own & it shows. I've had it since mid November and its probably taken 5-6 spills.

    But 2 days is a bit crazy. If that keeps happening they'll need a new coating, cause it rubbing off within the first week (hell first months) seems a bit off.
  17. Ravalstoney

    Ravalstoney Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2013
    Dallas, Tx
    My satin black mini is on the way and now the OP has made me a little nervous. I expect wear over time but 2 days is insane. I'll likely leave it in a drawer for a week just to be sure the finish is cured.
  18. cloudbringer

    cloudbringer Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2013
    If they won't re-finish it, worst case scenario buy a wrap from there website. they have some nice ones for around 13-19 bucks.
  19. Kable

    Kable Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2012
    Davis, CA
    The wraps on provape are from jwraps, and they have a much larger selection on their own site. They have a clear wrap available, too, for all those that haven't scratched the colored finish. Vapor Skinz is another option.
  20. Racehorse

    Racehorse ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 12, 2012
    USA midwest
    Holy cow. That's the response you get on an item that costs $200?

    you know, the paint job on this one could very easily been not properly baked, etc. It happens. Ask any auto paint person. There could have been a temperature problem, many things.

    Esp. since the other person w/ a blue one said nothing even closely resmebling that has happened to his.......

    I'd be calling on the phone.

    At the very least, they should front you a carbon fiber jwrap
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