Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/16

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Subject: [Leica] Painting M3 / M2 / M4 Black
From: wrs111445 at (Bill Smith)
Date: Sun Jan 16 19:40:14 2005

If you want a "bullet-proof" paint job, get it powder coated. It has to 
literally be ground off and it comes in a zillion colors and semi-gloss. The 
only drawback is you can't paint mating surfaces--too thick.  

Slobodan Dimitrov <> wrote:I could always have it 
anodized in black.
I once ordered a part for a Rollei SL66, which unbeknownest to me at 
the time of order, came in plain aluminium.
Wound up having it done at a local plating shop, which did a really 
fine job.
S. Dimitrov

On Jan 16, 2005, at 1:25 PM, Dan C wrote:

> The chopper was protected by some kind of clear enamel; I assume it was
> baked on like normal auto paint. But they did something else which 
> might
> appeal to a M user. After the copper plating, they dipped the parts 
> into
> a bath which turned everything black. Then by selecting rubbing the 
> finish
> the gleaming copper could be recovered, to give an "antique" look. It
> looks better then it sounds.
> On the Jay leno show, Paul Sr. (those of you who have watched the 
> series
> know about Paul and Paul jr.) let slip the fact that the bike was 
> worth 1/2
> a million bucks.
> -dan c.
> At 04:18 PM 16-01-05 -0500, David Mason wrote:
>> Oooh - you could leave it out in the rain and get a really nice 
>> patina on it!
>> On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 16:01:46 -0500, Dan C wrote:
>>> How about taking the camera to a decent auto body shop? If you can 
>>> remove
>>> all the innards before hand, it should be easy to get just about any 
>>> finish
>>> you want baked onto the body.
>>> A recent episode of "American Chopper" (shown in North America) 
>>> shows them
>>> building a bike with copper plated parts (based on the Statue of 
>>> Liberty).
>>> Imagine a Leica M copper plated with a protective clear coat. Now 
>>> that
>>> would be a beautiful camera!
>>> -dan c.
>>> At 10:17 AM 16-01-05 -0800, Stephen Gandy wrote:
>>>> Slobodan Dimitrov wrote:
>>>>> I'm much more interested about getting the M3 painted in black 
>>>>> enamel,
>>>>> but without having to deal with sending the camera overseas.
>>>> real world, it's not a worry. Shintaro does a great job dependably--
>>>> actually inexpensive considering that his cameras turn out better 
>>>> than the
>>>> original black M3's or M2's easy to wear off finish. not fast, 
>>>> takes an
>>>> average of 4 months to get a camera back
>>>> Shintaro will also paint your M3 a silver hammertone which is much 
>>>> much
>>>> better than the hammertone finish of the LHSA MP. better color, 
>>>> prettier,
>>>> much tougher finish.
>>>> Shintaro's email is
>>>> Stephen
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Replies: Reply from bladman99 at (Dan C) ([Leica] Painting M3 / M2 / M4 Black)
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