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Bio77

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Polished Aluminum Enclosure Finishing
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:52:47 PM »
Hi All,

I just received in the mail today a polished aluminum enclosure from Small Bear.  I wasn't expecting it to look so nice!  It looks like a mirror. 

I plan on applying a clear waterslide decal for the graphics.  I normally finish my enclosures with a few coats of water based Polycrylic (Minwax), but I'm worried it will dull the finish.  Does anyone have advice?

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Re: Polished Aluminum Enclosure Finishing
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 04:49:43 AM »
If the bottom is polished, you could use it for testing purposes.
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Re: Polished Aluminum Enclosure Finishing
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 11:39:24 AM »
Thanks, good idea.

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Re: Polished Aluminum Enclosure Finishing
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 05:52:10 PM »
That was my concern when I got one was applying a decal and clear coat without buggering up the cool finish.  I never figured it out and used it for a simple build with no artwork.  Would be perfect for a laser etch but ironically the laser would have a bitch of a time because of the reflection.  A CNC/mill would be a cool option but all of the above are stupid expensive...