Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mysteries of Wuppertal revealed










More on Vosses

The Hermes Silver Surfer: installment 1, installment 2

Mercedes W196 Streamliner (1954):

14 comments:

  1. Cool silver surfer!

    And thanks for the Voss-Hermes comparison.

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  2. A year or so ago, I was researching the "official" colors for auto racing. Italy used red. France used blue with white stripes. Germany originally used white, until they realized that painting the car, at all, added a certain amount of weight.

    My point? Your Voss now sports the official racing color of its homeland: bare metal. As if those lines could be any more aerodynamic...

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  3. Thanks, MT! I didn't know. I've added a picture of a Mercedes Streamliner that illustrates your point. (I'm sure the driver has a Voss stashed in there.)

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  4. Wonderful job! I just wonder when you're going to get around to chrome-plating a machine. :D

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  5. I've thought about it, Ted, but haven't inquired yet and am a bit apprehensive about the cost.

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  6. It does look splendid. :D

    With the shiny metal you don't have to worry about paint colour clashing with the plastic of the keys!

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  7. My comment failed to post before. That is a very nice treatment. I can't believe that wasn't offered as a color option back when they were made!

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  8. Very muscular looking without the paint, I imagine the weight saving could make it first choice for bikecasting :-)

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  9. Auto aficionados often clear coat polished chrome to keep it from oxidizing. Have you given that any thought?

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  10. Ryan, I'm no metallurgist, but I believe aluminum doesn't oxidize. It can scratch pretty easily, though. Still, I am reluctant to apply a coat of something that would be tough to remove and would prevent me from ever polishing the metal again.

    Today I got some superfine sandpaper in the mail (an eBay purchase, of course -- up to 3000 fineness). I went over the Voss with this sandpaper and got it still shinier. After some buffing and polishing, I plan to coat it with Renaissance Wax and call it a day.

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  11. Aluminium does oxidise. Aluminium oxide makes shiny aluminium dull in lustre. I imagine a wax coating would help though.

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    1. Thanks, Steve, for setting me straight.

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  12. Reading old posts... If I ever want to undertake painting one of my voss, I am now intimidated by disassembly and reassembly... Luckily they're all working fine and I like the orig colors. But adman chrome can look badass!!!

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