Polishing a G5

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Has anyone seen any cases (ha! pun intended) of this being done? Given how well aluminum can polish up given time and effort, I'd be surprised if nobody's done it. Completely mirror finished all over.

Perhaps I should just start typing in random .jp addresses and looking for one, cos if anyone would do it I can see it being the japanese!.

dana

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Polish + soft cotton rag + elbow grease + aluminum= shiney shine

Read the subject line, then do it. (Aluminum polish is available at your local metal supplier. Try the phone book).

Where I to do this hack, I'd remove the case to polish it, use a powered buffing wheel, and pick a cool design and mask that off with standard masking tape to create a contrast of polished against matte surface.

Good luck.

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It's a matte finish to start with, and then it's hard anodized. You might be better off chemically stripping the anodizing instead of trying to polish it off. Also, While aluminum can buff up pretty shiny, it oxidizes very quickly and will look dull in no time at all. To keep it shiny, you will need to immediately coat it with an automotive clear coat.

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Work on a G5

I dunno, if i had just gotten a G5 the last thing i would do is fool around with the case. I would get an empty one, or some Al. sheet treated the same a a G5 and practice on that first. I'll look around and see if i find any pics of one. I will admit it would be most excellent looking

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ooh shiny

Give this link a look. This guy takes a shuttle small formfactor PC and polishes it up real nice.

http://www.metku.net/index.html?sect=view&n=1&path=mods/shinyshuttle/index_eng

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Re: Polishing a G5

danamania wrote:

Has anyone seen any cases (ha! pun intended) of this being done? Given how well aluminum can polish up given time and effort, I'd be surprised if nobody's done it. Completely mirror finished all over.
dana

I just can't resist this post. Dana asking how to polish a G5 ?

Hmmm....first hold it firmly, then rub slowly at first and increasing the speed and friction. But you have to be careful. Too much heat from friction and the G5 may blow up all over you.

On a serious note. If someone in Japan has not yet finished a mirrored finish G5 you can bet someone is working on one.

I would like to get one an anodize it another color. Aluminum can be made an almost unlimited number of colors. A red anodized G5 with a yellow grille ! that would be cool.

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MDD G4

It's just too bad you cant do the same with a MDD G4, because, it allready has the mirrored drive doors, that case would look awsome mirrired, plus the curves would add a cool distortion to whatever was reflected in it. it would be übercool. Cool Mac

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A polished NeXT Cube . . .

. . . was mentioned in Yoshi's hardware hacking book, IIRC. You might wanna give his site a shot for linkage.

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Shiny, Shiny...

The comment about removing the outer coating was spot on. Sand Blasting would do the trick, but you would end up with a much softer looking enclosure, meaning the holes would take a hit and not be as sharp... So chemicals are your only hope, unless you want to do some serious sanding... As mentioned before, you would need at least a power buffer, and then clean the thing, and I mean clean.. No finger prints, no swirls... And then clear-coat it with an automotive clear coat... No imperfections will be fixed with the clear coat... WYSIWYG.

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