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mcJ78

Member since Jan 2019 • Last active Dec 2019
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Cheers guys - they don't look terrible but I do want to darken them a bit, gonna go over them again & get rid of all traces of the renovator that didn't really take - I have some clear saphir stuff that's really oily I might leave on them for a bit to see if that soaks in at all to give a pigmented polish something to work with, have emailed Grenson with a pic to see if they have any ideas too

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    I had a read up on the various types of leather & they might be - the surface is perfectly smooth with no visible grain, maybe there's a coating of some sort on there? There'll be something that'll take to it, but I'd rather find out first than spend £20 on random dyes etc & nothing works

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    Yeah I'll fire them an email, they'll probably offer their renovation service at £110 but apart from this issue they're pretty much spot on so would rather find a way to do it myself if possible... last time I went into the shop it was like something from the fast show so I'll stick to emailing them

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    The original finish was nice, would like to replicate that if possible but it was obviously applied at the factory by someone with more aptitude for this kind of thing than me!

    The main stumbling block is the base finish on the leather, I thought it was a pale grey leather which had been overdyed then partially buffed off again but it feels almost like a matt patent finish & nothing will stick to it, never seen anything like it before...

    Without seeing it it's difficult to imagine - even pictures won't show the texture properly, sound familiar to anyone?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Alrighty - I have a pair of Grenson Ellery monk straps that I've had for a bit & need some advice on refinishing... the original finish was almost like an antiqued grey effect which got scuffed / buffed off every time anything touched them & they got old looking very quickly. I was giving them a "right good" clean & pretty much all of the original finish came off leaving a kinda pale grey waxy finish underneath that I don't know how to proceed with, polish won't stick to it, so I tried some TRG renovator but that just wipes off in a weird streaky fashion too - best I got with that was to sponge it on lightly to get an even finish bit it's still really easily taken off again... will get some pics later but below is what they looked like originally, anyone any ideas?
    Cheers!

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    That sounds familiar, they might well have been at some point- not sure if they ran nights there or were more involved tbh... it briefly closed a couple of years ago, the council had left it alone for years as there was never any hassle but I think there was some after hours shenanigans in the area that brought the spotlight on them & enforced a slight hiatus... techno will never die, lol

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    Haha, small world - I took a couple of my mates from down south one night & they were amazed a place like that could still exist "yeah mate, you just walk through through the deserted inustrial estate for a couple of blocks, entrance is round the back of the random Indian restaurant on the right" they got right into the swing of things eventually & weren't seen for 2 days afterwards :D

    Think optimo are playing there soon, I casually mentioned this to my wife a couple of weeks ago who cut me off mid sentence reminding me we are the wrong side of 40 & possess an extremely loud toddler who does not care if you are ever feeling fragile...

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    The first few tracks on that live set are right up my street - my 2 year old heard it coming from the phone & demanded it be put on the tv and is now spinning in circles at 80mph declaring she loves "tenko"

    There's a great techno club in Paisley in the basement of an Indian restaurant in the arse end of nowhere - it's mental but gets some pretty good guests, club69, bit of an institution up here

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Cheers, probably not the most imaginative build but I had my fun & that's all that matters, got the gear cables to fit & some leather bartape then that's it done. Forever. Honest.

    The bars are indeed Ritchey classics - well spotted, got them a few years ago when I first built this up, think they stopped doing the Evo curve model for a while, must have brought them back - nice shape, shiny, what's not to like?

    Was -5 in Glasgow yesterday, it might not see the light of day until April at this rate...

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Impatient thread bump

    nearly finished a slow motion update on this thing, out went the Campag Athena group / Record wheels and slowly slowly, a DA 9000 groupset appears in its place (shifters are 8000 because balls to paying twice the price for titanium clamps and a Dura Ace logo...), wheels are DA 9000 on Open Pros that were swiped from my other bike - I managed to find a set of cheap 6800 to replace them so it didn't feel too bad about being shafted so everyone's happy.

    I may even take a photo with an actual camera instead of a mangled phone once it's properly finished, shock horror!

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