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VAMO Variable wattage mod chrome stinks, KILL THE BLING!

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Mods' started by Rnoserious, Dec 4, 2012.

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  1. Rnoserious

    Rnoserious Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2012
    Bethlehem, Georgia
    Full disassembly and reassembly video here






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    Prepping the mod for coating. (Drilled two additional vent holes in side of main body, by the top of the battery)


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    Texturized and satin black vamo, just reassembled.


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    This photo shows one of the two additional vent holes i drilled into the body




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    Its a very cool mod, and now the only one like it.
     
  2. boardopboy

    boardopboy MustachioedMechModManiac Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    Castle Grayskull
    Oh man! I want my Vamo coated not too!

    Nice work!
     
  3. Rnoserious

    Rnoserious Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2012
    Bethlehem, Georgia
    Send it to me.. I can do it!
     
  4. jasta

    jasta Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 12, 2012
    Philippines
    this is nice .. because i noticed some dirt inside my screen .. .
     
  5. DevastationWagon

    DevastationWagon Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2012
    South Florida
    I've thought about ways to wrap it or coat it somehow too. Very cool! I'm a firm believer of de-blinging.

    What did you use? Powder coat?
     
  6. tc1

    tc1 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2011
    Ohio
    GREAT video! The caveman swagger is strong in this one ....
     
  7. Rnoserious

    Rnoserious Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2012
    Bethlehem, Georgia
    The coating is " cerakote"

    Its a ceramic coating developed for the gun industry. And designed to take the punishment of powder actuated weapons.

    Put it this way, the only thing that can chip or flake the coating is a drop onto concrete.


    The coating does not scratch, or ding from being carried in your pocket with keys, etc....
     
  8. DevastationWagon

    DevastationWagon Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2012
    South Florida
    Nice! I figured it was industrial. I really like how that turned out.

    Well done sir :thumbs:
     
  9. Rnoserious

    Rnoserious Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2012
    Bethlehem, Georgia
    Thanks!

    Addingmoretexttoreachlimit
     
  10. Mustang73064

    Mustang73064 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 2, 2012
    Mustang, OK

    I may have to do that.... if the mailman ever delivers it... :)
     
  11. XfooYen

    XfooYen Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 11, 2012
    SoCal
    I've been reading that regular household bleach will remove chrome plating. If you soak parts immersed in bleach, the chrome will dissolve leaving the clear primer coat in tact. The part can be repainted or sprayed with industrial paint remover to dissolve the primer. Once I have two Vamos to destroy, I will give it a try and report. Nice job, OP.
     
  12. Faylool

    Faylool Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Well. I asked what kind of glue would work on the chrome to attach leather on the Show us your Girly Mods thread but nobody knew. Does anybody here know? I would afraid to take it apart because my lifelong experience has been it doesn't work right anymore! Brave and yes. Kinda caveman-ish but I suspect it's rally just you!
     
  13. XfooYen

    XfooYen Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 11, 2012
    SoCal
    Contact cement would work but you'd have to be careful. It's not forgiving if you make a mistake and may also damage the leather depending on quality and thickness. It is VERY flammable so you would want it to cure well before inserting batteries. Practice on something to get a feel for how it works.
     
  14. northhar

    northhar Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 18, 2011
    CanTheBan
    Really liked your video tear down and rebuild.. Thanks for showing..
     
  15. Rnoserious

    Rnoserious Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2012
    Bethlehem, Georgia
    Ok, chrome plating removal..


    Chrome, is really just bright nickel plating with a clear "chromium" plating over it to prevent tarnishing of the bright nickel.

    Under the bright nickel is typically copper plating (used to smooth the surface of the material) and produce a reflective surface for the nickel to adhere to.


    To remove chrome plating you have to first kill the chrome layer (if your looking for a chemical method) the short answer would be a nitric or a sulfuric acid.

    I suggest sand blasting..

    Bleach, being sodium hypochlorite (household is commonly a max 6%)

    Is VERY GOOD, at oxydizing organics.. Of which chromium is not.

    6% is WEAK hypochlorite.


    It all depends on what you want to refinish with.. If your painting or powdercoating.. 120 grit sandpaper does the trick.
     
  16. Rnoserious

    Rnoserious Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2012
    Bethlehem, Georgia
    As far as attaching leather to a metal surface. 3m makes an automotive headliner adhesive in an aerosol can.

    Id go that route.
     
  17. XfooYen

    XfooYen Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 11, 2012
    SoCal
    Rno,

    When you stripped the tube, what did you find to be the core material? Health cabin says it's copper. That true, or is it something else?
     
  18. Dieseler

    Dieseler ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Illinois
    Rno thanks man !
    Look forward to any future video's i enjoy em.
    Hey now i think about it how about a take apart one on the newer Zmax version . ; )
     
  19. Fullknight

    Fullknight Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2012
    Oklahoma
    Hello Rnoserious,when I try to watch the video my on my iphone, it won't let me.What would I search for on YouTube to watch it?
    Thank you


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  20. Rnoserious

    Rnoserious Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2012
    Bethlehem, Georgia
    Search for ryno serious..

    And the base metal of the vamo was brass.. (China calls is copper) but in all reality brass is a copper/zinc alloy.


    (Been in metal finishing for a decade) google team metal finishing and search for ryan cook, you will see what i mean.
     
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