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Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 14th, 2019, 6:25 pm
by chris8414
I have a question and am not anyone will have an answer for me or not. I bought an already built proton pack from a guy and it is a Ben Of Kent pack with resin parts. The way this person built this pack he used an epoxy and superglue to get the pack pieces to stay (IE: clippards, resistors, cabels) I want to take those off and replace them with real metal parts from this site. Would anyone know on this site how to remove the parts that have been installed like that? I’m asking how to remove parts that have been epoxied and superglued. I really want to spice this pack up. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 15th, 2019, 2:29 am
by Kingpin
A dremel and a selection of different-sized saws could be one of the simplest options to remove the resin pieces - cut the pieces off, and then file down the remains.
There may be chemical options for dissolving the epoxy/glue, but I don't know how costly these could be, or if they'd cause signifificant damage to the Pack shell.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 15th, 2019, 2:37 am
by chris8414
Copy that, seems like a lot of work. I don’t want to risk ruining the shell or any other parts of the pack. I’m kind of at a lost for what I should do. Especially for the pieces on the wand. 😔

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 15th, 2019, 5:21 am
by Theoderic
A dremel and a selection of different-sized saws could be one of the simplest options to remove the resin pieces - cut the pieces off, and then file down the remains.
There may be chemical options for dissolving the epoxy/glue, but I don't know how costly these could be, or if they'd cause signifificant damage to the Pack shell.

This exactly!

So mechanical removal is surely the way to go - BUT i'd highly recommend gaining some (in case you haven't) practical experience before going down on something valuable with a rotary tool (like dremel and alike). It's just miliseconds of unawareness, slightly bad angle or a not so steady hand and you'll probably go swipe frenzy across your item (the are severe dynamics, when high rotations are involved), get stuck or break the cutting disk. :!: And anyways: protection glasses are a big MUST! :!:

For some smaller parts you may try using an scalpel or xacto-knife, but this needs careful handling as well for obvious reasons. :wink:

Don't wanna scare you off at all, but better be safe, than sorry! Good luck with you modding.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 15th, 2019, 9:46 am
by err404
Depending on how far you want to take the metal replacements, you may be better off starting with a fresh shell. If I were you, I’d consider pulling any electrics that you want and selling the rest to fund a new pack.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 15th, 2019, 2:01 pm
by Kingpin
Can you post some photos of the Pack?

This is why I advocate bolts and nut fastenings wherever possible.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 15th, 2019, 3:23 pm
by chris8414
How do I add pictures from my iPhone?

And a new shell is out of the question. I know nothing about building these and wiring the electronics. Thanks everyone for the help. That’s why I bought a pack that was already built. I guess that’s what I get for cutting corners 😐

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 16th, 2019, 2:28 am
by Kingpin
You'll probably need to email them to yourself (or post them to social media like Facebook or Instagram if you have them), download them to a desktop computer/laptop, then upload them to an image host like Imgur.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 20th, 2019, 10:52 am
by chris8414
Ill try and add pics tomorrow, I think I have found out how to do it.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 20th, 2019, 2:26 pm
by chris8414
I take that back, I can not add photos to this thread. I have pulled them from my phone and it will not let me upload them. Does anyone know how to post pictures????? I see pictures in threads all the time.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 20th, 2019, 2:37 pm
by Theoderic
You'll probably need to email them to yourself (or post them to social media like Facebook or Instagram if you have them), download them to a desktop computer/laptop, then upload them to an image host like Imgur.

Hi again,
Well they can't be uploaded to this forum directly, just what Kingpin said: they need to be hosted by an image-hosting provider (there are several out there with different pro's and con's probably) and then you can include a link within you post here.

Re: Removing resin parts and replacing with metal parts.

PostPosted:March 21st, 2019, 10:22 am
by iam8114
IMGUR iphone app is your friend. Create an account there, upload the pictures to a post (I make mine private to keep the riff raff away) and then you can get BBCODE links from the IMGUR website to copy and paste here to post them. Its not the simplest thing ever but it works.