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    Faded "X" logo on Xvalve. What to do?

    Is there any way to give back the Xvalve's "X" logo is luster of yonder? Mine is faded and doesn't look as good as it should.

    I'm thinking lasering?
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    tooth paste

    you might laugh, but it works amazingly well on odd surfaces
    loose cars and fast women

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    Quote Originally Posted by cockerpunk View Post
    tooth paste

    you might laugh, but it works amazingly well on odd surfaces

    thought tuna was the guy to talk about this, email him

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    thought tuna was the guy to talk about this, email him
    You sure he has toothpaste ?

    Think he takes his out to clean them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by going_home View Post
    You sure he has toothpaste ?

    Think he takes his out to clean them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by going_home View Post
    you sure he has toothpaste ?

    Think he takes his out to clean them.


    rofl!

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    I thought lasering essentially cut through the anodizing to expose the metal underneath? So when the lasering fades, is this the metal underneath oxidizing? And is lasering doen on Classic valves different, or is this etching, not lasering?

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    I've noticed that I could scratch off the white on the X logo, so I'm not sure if it's etched then painted or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hook View Post
    I've noticed that I could scratch off the white on the X logo, so I'm not sure if it's etched then painted or not.
    The reason why your logo is "fading" is because the exposed aluminum is oxidizing. when i get a valve in that condition i use the pointy end of a sharp dental pic and just trace over the logo with it. In my opinion it looks better than new....kinda like the logo has a brushed finish to it. It might be possible to use a chemical cleaner of some kind but damage to the anodizing may occur

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    Thanks for pointing that out! I tried that and the X logo looks good as new now.

    In retrospect, it was pretty obvious. Sometimes I have a tendency to over think things and miss the obvious things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hook View Post
    Thanks for pointing that out! I tried that and the X logo looks good as new now.

    In retrospect, it was pretty obvious. Sometimes I have a tendency to over think things and miss the obvious things
    lets see pics hook???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmagterror View Post
    The reason why your logo is "fading" is because the exposed aluminum is oxidizing. when i get a valve in that condition i use the pointy end of a sharp dental pic and just trace over the logo with it. In my opinion it looks better than new....kinda like the logo has a brushed finish to it. It might be possible to use a chemical cleaner of some kind but damage to the anodizing may occur
    that was my suggestion with toothpaste, its a very very very mild abrasive. works great for polishing type applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4reebs View Post
    lets see pics hook???
    Before:


    After:

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    gonna have to do mine tonight now.

    My first thought was the same stuff they use to color names on a bowling ball, i believe its a waxy substance that is used to fill in the grooves, but it could be another option for a two tone look or a solid color.

    now only if i knew what those things were called

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    whoa!!! so you just used a dental pic to do that eh???
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    SWEET!!! I gotta try that.
    I took the road least traveled...now where the hell am I ?

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    In car touch up kits, they sometimes include a little tool that has a knurled ball on the end of it for cleaning out the chip. I'll bet this would work well for the larger areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronobreak View Post
    gonna have to do mine tonight now.

    My first thought was the same stuff they use to color names on a bowling ball, i believe its a waxy substance that is used to fill in the grooves, but it could be another option for a two tone look or a solid color.

    now only if i knew what those things were called
    will you post before and after pics as well???

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    Impressive! Looks like i'll have to give this a try as well. Or maybe I can mix white-out, toothpaste, and crayon together and see what happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4reebs View Post
    whoa!!! so you just used a dental pic to do that eh???
    Started with a dental pick then decided to give it a try with a 1/16 Allen key, which ended up making things MUCH easier. I scraped off the oxidation with one of the flat sides of the Allen key and it was the perfect width.

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