Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

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Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Beany_bot » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:21 pm

Hi,

I love my Ace250 but the colour has always bothered me slightly. (makes it look a bit like a "toy" if you know what I mean).

I got myself a control box cover, primarily for the rain but doubles nicely at hidding the yellow of the control box as well.

So that left me with the BRIGHT 8-> arm cuff. I decided that I was going to paint it matt black (to match the rest of the tector). User Jani on here has very kindly offered to make me some new decals to go onto the cuff as well so that it will look like a proper job and genuine part.

So here is what I did...

So here is a Picture of the stock cuff ( all be it a little muddy :P )

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First things first you need to give it a good wash with some warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

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Next I dried them using a hair-dryer and whilst I was drying them i used the heat from the hair-dryer to soften the decals to make them easy to peel off.

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Then I masked up the foam part of the cuff making sure to air on the side of caution (making sure i got all the yellow exposed even if it meant a tiny bit of the wall of the foam got sprayed it wouldnt matter as much because its black anyways.

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next you will need some matt black spray paint (cheap stuff works fine).
I sprayed them over and over with many coats untill i got the effect I wanted.

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Tada, all done, now just waiting for my new decals to arrive (grey and yellow) from Jani and it will look the buisness <:-P (please excuse the dirty tector but at least it shows is used :) )

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New decals added. (thanks a million Jani =D> )

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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Ian » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:28 pm

much better =D>
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by mrix » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:34 pm

I know many rate the ACE 250 machine very highly but unfortunately have the same feelings as you about the colour :(
I am sure many will be giving this idea a go, looks great! B-)
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Post by stephenbeetleman » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:36 pm

Great guide thanks for sharing! Im sure alot of people will find it useful :) You'll have to upload pics of the finished product ...it looks good so far!
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Post by Wansdyke44 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:53 pm

My only concern would be whether or not you invalidate any Garrett warranty by doing that? Does look better though. :-O
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Oldest Swinger » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:01 pm

You could have just bought a new arm cup from most other machines and put it on then you could keep the yellow one for garentee or resale purpose. Great job though well done.

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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by digger360 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:07 pm

I do love my euroace but i must admit i hate the yellow arm cuff
i did think of covering it in black tape then just peel it off if and when i ever resell
Oldest Swinger wrote:You could have just bought a new arm cup from most other machines and put it on then you could keep the yellow one for garentee or resale purpose. Great job though well done.

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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Beany_bot » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:12 pm

Oldest Swinger wrote:You could have just bought a new arm cup from most other machines and put it on then you could keep the yellow one for garentee or resale purpose. Great job though well done.

Paul
I hear you but this only cost me about 40p. Should i need a yellow cuff i can then buy a new one. I seriously. Cant see it affecting the warranty thou, particuarily if its a fault with the control box or coil.
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Post by mrix » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:14 pm

Cant see it affecting the warranty thou, particuarily if its a fault with the control box or coil.
No I agree, I Would be surprised if it did effect the warrenty :-/
I have emailed Garrett and will post back a reply when it arrives :)
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by morning wood » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:34 pm

I guess the only thing it would affect is if you tried to claim for a broken arm cup. They'd question the paint used and if it was suitable for plastic etc But who'd claim for that :-/

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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by galaxion » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:35 pm

nice job there, might just do the same wiv mine :)
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by THE MOLE » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:55 pm

heres a tip for your foam handle instead of keep washing it.
buy a padded seatbelt cover from the pound shop it will cover the handle upto the top of the stem, they are just velcro fastened when its dirty throw it in the wash, keeps you sponge looking new if you resell

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Post by mrix » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:19 pm

Just received this email from Garrett which seems fair :)
If the paint interferes with the operation of the push buttons, LCD, connectors or attacks/damages the plastic housing, then yes the warranty will be void. If it does not interfere with the performance of the detector or any of the components then it won’t void the warranty.

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Post by Gwawrer » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:41 pm

Fabulous idea I am well impressed it looks so much better, classy. I will do something with mine too. I then won't have to wear the matching yellow coat to hide the cuff. lol 8->
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Baglady » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:16 am

That looks really good !! =D> I must admit the colour put me off buying one when i first started looking :( Well done you !

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Post by Cynergy » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:53 am

Looks 100 times better than stock but I fear the yellow plastic will start showing through the paint soon but there are plenty cheap plastic primers on the market for next time.
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Wansdyke44 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:51 am

Might have to get the black paint out then :)

I was thinking that the yellow arm cup was a useful way of potential rescue party finding me if I fell into a large hole! =))
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Beany_bot » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:03 am

Wansdyke44 wrote:Might have to get the black paint out then :)

I was thinking that the yellow arm cup was a useful way of potential rescue party finding me if I fell into a large hole! =))
God damn it man, you need to learn how to pinpoint better! =))
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Wansdyke44 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:31 am

I'm workin' on it Beany, I'm workin' on it! =))
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Oldest Swinger » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:58 am

Wansdyke44 wrote:Might have to get the black paint out then :)

I was thinking that the yellow arm cup was a useful way of potential rescue party finding me if I fell into a large hole! =))
My avitar is a pic of me just being lowered to retreve a button my Ace found.

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Post by Wansdyke44 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:10 am

Oldest Swinger wrote:My avitar is a pic of me just being lowered to retreve a button my Ace found. Paul
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by deanothehunter » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:03 pm

Looks good mate, the only reason I never did the same with mine is that dont matter how expensive the can of paint it will get muddy and will get knocked and scratched then you'll be left with a black ace with yellow scuffs and patches coming through =))

The only sure way of keeping it looking nice and black is to get it sprayed proffessionally at a car repairers as the paint designed for cars will not rub off in a hurry or when you go to wash it and also its pretty much baked on in a spray booth.....that way it could be given a quick rinse and job done, I have sprayed many things with cans but no matter how many coats or whether you primed first also with many coats it will always come off and leave the lovely yellow showing at some point or another :(

I am no expert on spraying but did once help out in an accident and repair firm and the surface does need to be keyed first with wet and dry paper, as I found out on many occasions as the paint will just not last on any unprepared surface and the correct amount of layers of primer applied before the paint and then painted and left in the bake booth to cure......still looks very nice at mo but let me know how long it stays looking nice :-/
as I feel a I told ya so moment coming on... =)) =))
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Post by deanothehunter » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:36 pm

Also I am lead to believe that the new Garrett AT pro uses same main shaft as the ace 250 and the cuff section identical other than its already black/grey, so I was going to buy a seperate cuff part for mine from AT pro accsessories if they are not too overly expensive :-/
I wonder if Garrett can do a black or grey control box for the 250??
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Post by Beany_bot » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:56 pm

new pics added :)
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by cornish rattler » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:33 pm

mrix wrote:Just received this email from Garrett which seems fair :)
If the paint interferes with the operation of the push buttons, LCD, connectors or attacks/damages the plastic housing, then yes the warranty will be void. If it does not interfere with the performance of the detector or any of the components then it won’t void the warranty.

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nice one some manufactures do listern and take on board what you have ask and done to there product maybe when the next new model comes out they will make them in black in the end it helps them to sell the product so in some cases the more feed back the better, its a shame most other companies don't do this, i am looking at buying a garret ace 250 i wonder if i will get one in black.
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Post by Wansdyke44 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:15 pm

Beany_bot wrote:new pics added :)
Just need to get out amongst it now to dirty up that nice black cup! :)

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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by Detector Gadget » Tue May 31, 2011 10:47 pm

Looks alot better well done, will defo consider doing my euroace when i get one :D

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Post by Gwawrer » Tue May 31, 2011 10:50 pm

Get a yellow coat like me and then it's not so noticeable. :))
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by bb4038 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:17 pm

Good job, but at the end of the day..its just a colour. The machine is very good at its job.
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Re: Making the Ace250 a little more subtle.

Post by jase » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:52 pm

Hello mate,

Really like what you have done there!

Where did you get the control box cover from?, also is jani a mate who did the decals for ya or would he do them for others?

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