A310 case restoration

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A310 case restoration

Post by mattdy4 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:47 pm

As it's a sunny day and I had a bit of time I figured it would be worth pulling one of my A310's out of storage and doing some case restoration (it's a break from gardening!)

The top case was paint stencilled on the worst of them, thanks Coventry University, but came out beautifully with a few coats of Rustoleum Peal White (RAL1013) but I'm not sure about dealing with the front, non-fascia part of the case.

Some cases, especially A4xx models appear to be the same RAL1013 colour as the top case and frame, but the A310 is more cream. Has anyone sprayed the whole thing in RAL1013 or have you chosen a different colour?

Pic added for illustration (not my unit or photo). Thanks to RobC for the paint suggestion =D>
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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by mattdy4 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:49 pm

Some before and afters of the top case...
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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by RobC » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:30 pm

Great job =D> =D>

That Rustoleum paint is the bees knees for Arc cases.

I've found that Retrobriting works well on the plastic bits even if they are very yellowed.

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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by mattdy4 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:44 pm

Cheers Rob and thanks again for the RAL1013 suggestion it really does look as new

Only problem is I'm going to have to fill in some stencils on the front-tops of a couple of them so might need painting after filling. I'll give retrobriting the front logoed parts a go or that new-fangled sunbriting as they're really not too shabby!
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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by mattdy4 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:26 pm

Bit of an update. The last few weeks I've done a bit of research and a bit of experimenting to restore the front of the case. The results have actually been quite pleasing, especially considering it's a first attempt!

First I took the front grey insert with badge away from the main plastic fascia and stuck them in a bucket of hot, bleachy water for a few hours to clean as much surface grime and dirt off as possible prior to repair and painting and dried thoroughly.

The case security markings were then filled with Araldite standard epoxy and levelled out frequently over around 3-4 hours until filled and no edges remained. Once the epoxy had cured then the part was lightly sanded to try and give texture back around the filled area and once completely cured again washed in hot bleachy water to remove any dust.

The next day after drying the main fascia was sprayed lightly in TRG Vinyl Dye "White 358" which is available in 400ml cans every 10-20 minutes until a coat was built up and again left to dry overnight (around 4-5 coats needed). The dye can remain sticky for a day or two so best to leave alone as much as possible to dry.

The finished product wasn't great. The texture was fine as the dye bonds with the plastic rather than paints it but the colour was "too white", especially compared to the grey of the insert and the Oyster White of the case. Did some research and was unable to find anything apporaching pearl white or "creamier" that would suit. Instead as others have used "Bone" colour TRG white for their BBC's I decided to spray it in Bone using the same method. Unfortunately it was now too cream!

As I had a lot of TRG White left I figured a couple of light coatings would perhaps lighten the Bone colour and that seems to work well. It's not perfect and is tougher to ensure consistency but is a good compromise. It also brought out the texture in the top of the main fascia a little better which was a nice unintended bonus.

The grey insert has had some light retrobriting but would benefit from further retrobriting in "proper sun"

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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by RobC » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:59 pm

Lovely job and thanks for the write up =D> =D>

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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by anightin » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:17 pm

Nice job, definitely a vast improvement if you look at before and after =D>
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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by flaxcottage » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:02 pm

Looking good. =D>
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Re: A310 case restoration

Post by simonm » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:12 pm

Great job! I do enjoy seeing a nice restoration of old kit.

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