Van Halen Tribute Amp

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Thu 12/24/20 3:55 pm
Thanks! I used 2 coats of gloss black Rust-oleum "2X ultracover paint+primer". Then 2 coats of the same, in gloss white. Next up, 2 coats of Sunrise Red Rust-oleum Gloss Protective Enamel. I think the first primer coats will be OK, as I basically hand-etched the chassis with a scotchbrite pad and acetone right before applying the first coat. Put it this way: there was no oxide layer on this chassis when the first primer layer went on. Fingers crossed...
Aluminum oxidizes immediately on contact with air. You would have to apply the paint with the abrasive pad to prevent that from happening. I hope this works out for you, but it's a lot easier and consistent if you just clean it with dishwashing soap, then spray it with an etching primer before the color coat. The Dupli-Color brand is available at auto parts stores and has never failed me.

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Quality of chassis paint job ...similar... I'd say, to EVH's quality of Frankie paint job. Looking pretty cool.
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crgfrench wrote:
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Quality of chassis paint job ...similar... I'd say, to EVH's quality of Frankie paint job. Looking pretty cool.
Definitely looks cool. If you ever do something where you want cleaner edges, try green Frog Tape instead of the standard blue painter's tape.
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That looks awesome.. can't wait to see it and hear it completed.
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Got some hardware installed
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I was having trouble shimming the Floyd Rose...
...I mean, the power transformer.
Found a cool solution!
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I was having trouble shimming the Floyd Rose...
...I mean, the power transformer.
Found a cool solution!VolcanoQuarter2.jpg
Now you can charge extra when selling the amp.. legit !!!😄😄😄
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What would you have done if you only had a 100$ Bill? Folded it over and over until the right thickness was reached?😉
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Wiring the heaters today.
Here is a pre-solder gutshot, with 2 of the 3 can caps installed and the bias circuit laid out. There are 4 ground points: 1) the mains earth ground next to the IEC jack, 2) the preamp bus ground above the first preamp tube, next to where the input jack will be, and 3) the power ground star next to the bottom-mounted can cap, and 4) a bias ground point on the power tube socket bolt, next to the bias trimpot.
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Heater wiring came out nice & tidy
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Bieworm wrote:
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What would you have done if you only had a 100$ Bill?
I would have taken that Benjamin to the bank, bought 10 rolls of quarters and searched through them all for a 1971 quarter. That’s what gives the special frankenmojo!
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Time to get soldering, now that the cabinet’s done.
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