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#548627 - 18/12/18 09:18 AM Brushed aluminum ?
osten Offline
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Top of morning gentlemen - I have spent the last few days bleeding my brain dry in "designing" my dream 3 wheeler. And I was wondering can you have the body in brushed silver / brushed aluminum ?
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#548629 - 18/12/18 09:23 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Yes - see this price list under Polished Body - but it is almost £8000 and keeping it clean could be a full time job.

M3W price list

Some owners have them. They certainly stand out.

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#548632 - 18/12/18 09:38 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: M3W55]
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I would have thought brushed to be the opposite of polished, though!

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#548637 - 18/12/18 09:44 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: PaulV]
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Quite right. Silly me.

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#548638 - 18/12/18 09:53 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Strikes me that you would need to first prepare finish on bare aluminium then laquer it in. Not sure how that would look with enough coats to give same protection as trad paint.

The cynical side of me suggests that you would have early warning to paint lifting though innocent
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#548639 - 18/12/18 09:54 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Yes that was my exact thought - I looked around on the forum but no one seems to have gone for the brushed "look". Its not on their 2018-2019 price list of option as well.

This is the finish i'm looking for

This is the combo i'm thinking of

Front Look idea


Edited by osten (18/12/18 10:04 AM)
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#548641 - 18/12/18 09:57 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Not sure if brushed is an option. Brands Hatch Morgan did a polished M3W with pink wheels about three years ago. If I remember correctly they took the car from the factory to get the polishing done, and sent it back for finishing. That's how I remember it.


This is a different one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWuCJo0IffM
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#548646 - 18/12/18 10:20 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Brushed isn’t an option. I have seen a Plus 4 in France with a brushed alloy body and it looked very retro. It wasn’t lacquered and the owner just rubbed it with WD40 or Duck oil I seem to remember. He had rather nice aged leather to go with it too 🤪

It’s quite a coincidence......I dreamt last night of having a Three Wheeler and rubbing down the paint with wire wool to age and patinate it 😳
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#548650 - 18/12/18 10:25 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Krazy Horse a UK dealer have recently finished their stage 4 tuned M3W demonstrator to achieve a brushed metal effect. They have used heat shrink plastic covering though.
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#548655 - 18/12/18 10:52 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Interesting - I didn't think this would be such a rare idea. Well i'm sure that "option" would probably require me to sell my 2 kidneys and my sole.

Polished is just like a linen suit - the more you look at it the dirtier and more wrinkled it becomes.

If you guys have pictures of that Krazy Horse "edition" i'd quite enjoy seeing what the result is.
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#548657 - 18/12/18 11:23 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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AVUS do brushed aluminium M3Ws

http://www.avus-auto.ch/Html/AV08_pg_Fahrzeuge.htm

One they did earlier:

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#548659 - 18/12/18 11:27 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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that looks like aged brushed aluminum
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#548661 - 18/12/18 11:42 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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The photo is of what was originally a SuperDry M3W which they stripped and refinished to look like aged ally.
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#548677 - 18/12/18 12:57 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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The trouble with the brushed finish is keeping it looking good. You will see any blemishes/ marks and need to rebrush to remove. The distressed brushed look would reduce this but only if you like the look.
I seem to remember the DeLorean having a brushed finish and watching a specialist “touching it up” with a mule type sander.
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#548684 - 18/12/18 01:27 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Why not have it professionally wrapped with film? Product and image quality is excellent, virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, fraction of the cost, fraction of the maintenance, lasts 7 years or indefinitely if you take care of it and preserves the original paint color and condition. This way too, it won't matter which color (or age of M3W) you start with.
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#548694 - 18/12/18 02:19 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: DaveW]
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Originally Posted By DaveW
Brands Hatch Morgan did a polished M3W with pink wheels about three years ago.

"Lady Penelope" is up for sale at BHM - complete with the FAB (FA13) MOG number plate.
FAB MOG
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#548701 - 18/12/18 02:41 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Just a guess, but has this been on the market for a while?

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#548713 - 18/12/18 03:55 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: M3W55]
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Can't for the life of me wonder why a polished M3W with pink wheels and interior would take a while to sell!!
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#548838 - 19/12/18 01:11 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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It's unique and I bet there's an alpha female driver out there just waiting to pounce. Just takes the right buyer.
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#548853 - 19/12/18 08:30 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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I've wrapped the bonnet & boot of my Aero - which cost around £1500 - a sane option in comparison to the factory cost of polishing.

Wraps give a consistent finish, so would more likely look like a polished metal rather than aged bare metal, where the patina gives variety.

Will
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#548857 - 19/12/18 08:36 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Somethings cannot be unseen - The wrap is definitely a solution but at this point i'm gonna photoshop something and see how it looks like.

I really like that silver and tour de france mix. Don't think i've ever seen it on a morgan 3 wheeler
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#548939 - 19/12/18 04:22 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: sospan]
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Originally Posted By sospan

I seem to remember the DeLorean having a brushed finish and watching a specialist “touching it up” with a mule type sander.

DeLorean featured brushed stainless steel panels & has to be cleaned with cooker polish 🤔😥

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#549053 - 20/12/18 08:24 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Yes, I think the brushed aluminium would certainly give a retro look, just like the Kirkuk Cobras.. Excellent choice.

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#549782 - 23/12/18 11:07 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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I need to find someone who is proficient at Photoshop to have a look at what it would look like.
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#550342 - 27/12/18 11:32 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Osten, a couple of weeks ago I say a car going through build with a brush aluminium bonnet/ hood. As we don’t touch car going through build I had to ask about the finish as I could not tell whether it was a paint finish or what. Anyway I was told it was brushed aluminium. So I guess best to ask your dealer.
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#551362 - 02/01/19 01:38 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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Marcassus, the French dealer Morgan of Toulouse offers the mirror polished body option at 9746 euros

http://www.marcassus-sport.com/files/PDF/morgan-3wheeler.pdf

It's very nice for a museum, but for regular use on the road, the interview looks difficult ...
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#552951 - 10/01/19 09:52 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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brushed is what I wanted as well. At that time not available.
what you can have now (since a few months) is "untreated", resp. bare aluminium, on request!

You just don't get a clean look: the front and rear bonnet are both "blown" (air-pressure over a negative) and look very virgin.

The sidewalls are pressed/rolled and you know by the look its been pressen/rolled.

So either you get it untreated and you brush it by yourself or - since you can get any colour from MMC, I bet you can also get it brushed.

You just need to talk to the right person. (and THIS IS actually where the problem starts) ;-)
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#553006 - 10/01/19 02:06 PM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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probably far easier and cheaper to simply get a brushed aluminum vinyl applied.

However I agree with comet, either learn to DIY, or be ready to pay high dollar for a professional to do it.

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#553172 - 11/01/19 10:37 AM Re: Brushed aluminum ? [Re: osten]
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at the time, I was offered the polished version with the proposal to leave it to "weathering" it

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