“Linishing”: Getting the Chrome Bumper Look
I spent all day yesterday figuring out how to silkscreen onto polypropylene: a stressful, tiring, and lengthy process — but one that turned out well. I was hoping that today’s task would be easier. Thankfully it was.
What I wanted to do today was to give my Naim shoebox cases the “Chrome Bumper” (“CB”) look, which is accomplished by “linishing” — i.e., sanding the paint off the front edge.
It seems that Naim did this with a belt sander, with heavy 50-grit sandpaper. You can see the lines from the rough sandpaper on original CB kit, always running horizontally.
Well, I don’t have a belt sander, but I figured I could get the same effect with a few simple hand tools. Indeed, I did.
Here’s what I used:
- 50 grit sandpaper
- Sanding blocks (I would have only used the big one if I hadn’t run out of big pieces of sandpaper)
- A box to put the case in to catch all the aluminum and paint 🙂
My process was as follows:
- Remove the paint with the sanding block
- File out any deep ruts that remain
- Sand again, always going in the proper horizontal direction, to give the finished look.
Here they are partway through:
And here they are finished (linished!):
Then it was time for a photo shoot. I thought the Paradise fasciae looked good yesterday: in the CB-ed cases I think they look amazing.
As a reminder, this is the “before” shot:
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