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My DIY Bead Blast project...

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July 30, 2011 09:51PM
My DIY bead blast project...

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Materials:
1. Abrasive Blast Gun with Bag: Harbor Freight $14.99
2. Glass Bead Blast Media, 80 grit: Harbor Freight $10.00 approx. (can't remember actual cost, but the 220 grit aluminum oxide which I didn't use yet cost $10)
3. Old Vostok Amphibian from eBay: $17

Materials:


I got these materials months ago, but I finally put them to use this weekend. For a blast booth, I made one from a used cardboard moving box. For the window and hand holes, i just fut opening in the box and covered them with plastic painters drop cloth from a home store.

Pic Box booth:


How I did it:
Bezel: The bezel is a base metal, and the chrome was coming off all over. I took off the bezel. After I balsted it it had a dull tan finish, which looked god, and I almost kept it. However, I used Krylon Satin Black spray paint to coat it. It looks good, and at some point I will paint the numbers and PIP with lume or just paint.

Case:
1. Crystal: I left the crystal in place and covered it with a piece of brown plastic packing tape for some protection, which worked very well. I wasn't worried about the crystal since it is old and has many hairline cracks in it, and I plan to replace it anyway. Also, I was worried that I would ruin the water resistance if I blasted the part of the case that seats agianst the crystal, so in it stayed.

2. Case: I left the caseback on, as well as the crown screwed in. I didn't want to blast any of the threads, fearing that I would ruin them.

Results:
It looks great! I got the finish that I expected from the 80 grit glass bead blast media. It is a very dull/flat finish. I am pleased with the results, and you can't beat the price. The cardboard blast booth works well, and I am able to recover most of the media by brushing it out and back into the original container.

What's left to do:
1. Movement: This was originally a non-working eBay buy, which I got working. Although, it now runs, it doesn't keep good time at all, and runs at different speeds depending on which position it is in. So I need to either regulate the movement, or replace it. ANyone know of a cheap quartz that would fit? Any thoughts?
2. Dial: The dial looks bad, and it is scratched, so I intend to replace it or paint it.
3. Hands: they look bad. I will either paint and relume them, or replace them.

I welcome any suggestions or comments.
-Chet
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surfcjw1761July 30, 2011 09:51PM

If you wanted to put a brand new Vostok movement, you could do it for $45 URL

JFK3531374August 19, 2011 04:16AM

Love it! Cheers! (n/t)

VoodooDance239August 07, 2011 08:21PM

Cool DIY. Thumbs Up I do want to take this opportunity>>

Anonymous User271August 01, 2011 02:28AM



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