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Reanodize Face Plate?

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Posted on November 1, 2020 at 12:43:10
craigr
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Photos are, LX-7's all fixed up and ready to go, inside of one of the LX-7's, the Lexicon MC-10 that I have looks like this.

I realize this has been discussed before, but the info is old and scattered on the forum.

I just grabbed two broken Lexicon LX-7's and have them all cleaned up and repaired. They are actually quite good cosmetically, but they are silver and I would love to have them reanodized in black. I realize that if I want to keep the silk-screening that I need to have that copied first, then have the old anodized layer removed, then reanodized and dyed black, then have the silk-screen reapplied. If the silkscreening is too expensive I may skip this part as there really isn't much on the amps anyway and "Lexicon" is engraved in the faceplate already so that will be retained no matter what.

I'm in Chicago. Does anyone know a good place that can do the whole shebang, or a good place for the silk-screening and a good place for the anodizing? Or is there a good company I can ship the faceplates to in order to have the whole process done?

I know a lot of folks will feel I should keep the ampos original, but I've always been into customizing things to my taste. Also in this rack, I have a Lexicon MC-10 that is black and all the rest of the equipment is black. I just think it will look great to have them match better. Photos below:

They were very clean inside when I got them and after I cleaned them up they look brand new!

Any help finding a shop would be appreciated.

Thanks and kind regards,
craigr

 

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RE: Reanodize Face Plate?, posted on November 1, 2020 at 12:51:08
craigr
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I realize this has been discussed before, but the info is old and scattered on the forum.

I just grabbed two broken Lexicon LX-7's and have them all cleaned up and repaired. They are actually quite good cosmetically, but they are silver and I would love to have them reanodized in black. I realize that if I want to keep the silk-screening that I need to have that copied first, then have the old anodized layer removed, then reanodized and dyed black, then have the silk-screen reapplied. If the silkscreening is too expensive I may skip this part as there really isn't much on the amps anyway and "Lexicon" is engraved in the faceplate already so that will be retained no matter what.

I'm in Chicago. Does anyone know a good place that can do the whole shebang, or a good place for the silk-screening and a good place for the anodizing? Or is there a good company I can ship the faceplates to in order to have the whole process done?

I know a lot of folks will feel I should keep the amps original, but I've always been into customizing things to my taste. Also in this rack, I have a Lexicon MC-10 that is black and all the rest of the equipment is black. I just think it will look great to have them match better. Photos below:

Any help finding a shop would be appreciated.

Thanks and kind regards,
craigr

 

RE: Reanodize Face Plate?, posted on November 1, 2020 at 14:18:08
Todd A.
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Living in the Chicago area, you should have no problem finding vendors to get the job done. You might look into the custom car arena to find them - car guys use these kinds of services a lot.

I find myself wondering if, rather than silkscreen, a custom laser shop might do better for you. They may even be able to scan the faceplates into their system, send them out to be anodized, then burn the logo and other lettering into the faceplate with a CNC laser. It would be silver on a black background, but that might be ok. Or they might be able to do coloring, that I don't know. I personally think the result would be very attractive, although it may affect resale value. But it doesn't sound like you care about that.

 

RE: Reanodize Face Plate?, posted on November 1, 2020 at 18:03:39
craigr
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I like how you think man, and no I'm not too worried about resale value.

There are tons of anodizing places in Chicago, I just wish I could narrow it down. I'll ask some of my car friends and clients, that's a good idea.

As cool as the CNC laser sounds, what I was thinking was to try and closely match the font and color of the lettering on the MC-10.

Tough decisions I know :)

Kind regards,
craigr

 

RE: Reanodize Face Plate?, posted on November 2, 2020 at 17:44:16
Todd A.
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The font via CNC would be perfect. As to color, I can't say.

 

RE: Reanodize Face Plate?, posted on November 3, 2020 at 06:43:16
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I have been reconsidering the CNC idea of yours. It would be a cool look, it just wouldn't match my other gear. That said, if I don't like the shiny finish with CNC I could easily paint inside indentations.

I'm busy this week and I have to make sure I can convert these to 230v. I've asked around and nobody know the answer. I think it's a simple matter of changing the transform plug and putting in a fuse half that for 120v, but I would like to be certain. Here is a pick of the inside of one (the other is similar but has two plugs to move).

craigr

 

Right you are... Laser... almost call it a duplicate and not a copy.nT, posted on November 3, 2020 at 10:14:22
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