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    Noob ceramic insert with platinum plating

    As a sub rookie, I bought my first V6 sub no date last year. At that time, I was satisfied with the quality and wore it often. With a great opportunity, I’ve compared with gen hulk, I’ve found out most parts of this rep are good, but there are still many defects which can get some better works. The most obvious one I noticed is the color of numbers on the ceramic insert. The index digital color on gen is metal luster, but rep is too dark, moreover, the rep’s index digital’s surface is very rough compared to gen. Another tell is that the sharp edge on rep index, the edge on gen is chamfered and it looks very stereoscopic. So I was thinking about the way to get these better, after researching, I’ve found some experts who is able to mod index by liquid painting, but the edge is still too sharp not round. Last December, a bright idea occurred in my mind, why not try to do a REAL WORK which is plating platinum on the insert? Then here is my result.....

    I collect some noob v7 inserts to test my idea. The plating material is 99.99% platinum and it would be coated on top of my inserts. After a few experiments, I got the best result. Some photos are taken to present as followings. As you can see, here are gen, my work and without modded insert (stock) under different light condition for comparison.

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    Comparison between gen, modded and V7 insert under sunlight

    Modded insert on the top.


    Gen / my modded insert / V7 stock insert.


    Comparing to these 3 inserts, the index color on stock V7 insert is more grayish and it is a known issue that it is getting darker after several weeks usage. My work - platinum plated one is closed to gen (see the mark "50" and "20").

    Since I don't have rep hulk, I put this green insert onto my sub no date, this index works for me except the dark green color lol......



    Comparison under different light condition

    These photos were taken under different light condition, the color is closed to gen after my platinum modification.

    Under fluorescent light:


    Under yellow light:

    Both of color on the insert scale are closed to each other whichever different light was applied.

    Marco view after mod

    Before plating, the surface inside the groove is rough (more grain can be observed, please see the V7 stock). The platinum coated index looks much more smoothly and might even more better than gen? Will double confirm that.

    Edge smoothing mod

    During the mod process, I realized that the Noob ceramic is able to be machined, so some abrasive was applied to chamfer the edge. The smoothing test was tested on my rep GMT master II inserts and the result is brilliant. (the index color on this smoothed insert is incorrect, please ignore it.)

    #2
    Wow this is awesome!

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      #3
      This looks amazing
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        #4
        Very nice work.
        This could be the way to go, then no one would have to spend 1000s on gen inserts.
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          #5
          The difference in hue or the texture is a non issue for me.
          The disappearing of the bezel markers in poorly lighted conditions is what disappoints me.

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            #6
            This is the best thing I've ever seen But how much does this service cost.because if you do that plat plating to the v7 hulk insert and the ln inserts that will pretty much no need to go gen on inserts

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              #7
              Wow; good work!!

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                #8
                Originally posted by kdo2milger, post: 3325339, member: 0
                Very nice work.
                This could be the way to go, then no one would have to spend 1000s on gen inserts.
                This will never replace gen insert, the color is still a tell if you put gen and rep together for comparison.

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                  #9
                  Dude that are some amazing results!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by smoke, post: 3325371, member: 0
                    This is the best thing I've ever seen. Shame your v7 hulk insert is the dark v6s version. But how much does this service cost.because if you do that plat plating to the correct v7 hulk insert amd the ln inserts that will pretty much no need to go gen on inserts
                    Yea, the color of my insert is not as good as V7 one, is it possible to source the v7 light green insert?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by happy2017, post: 3325367, member: 0
                      The difference in hue or the texture is a non issue for me.
                      The disappearing of the bezel markers in poorly lighted conditions is what disappoints me.
                      Hey bro, what do you mean "The disappearing of the bezel markers in poorly lighted conditions is what disappoints me."

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by d09624008, post: 3325401, member: 0
                        This will never replace gen insert, the color is still a tell if you put gen and rep together for comparison.
                        Where are you based and how much do you charge? I'm sure if you offer this mod you will be busy


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                          #13
                          Originally posted by d09624008, post: 3325417, member: 0
                          Hey bro, what do you mean "The disappearing of the bezel markers in poorly lighted conditions is what disappoints me."
                          I think he means that the stock noob v7 bezel looks the worst in low light conditions
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by ryantunna, post: 3325427, member: 0
                            Where are you based and how much do you charge? I'm sure if you offer this mod you will be busy
                            Yeah - do you have the time and inclination to do this at scale? The result looks incredible.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by elfuque, post: 3325442, member: 0
                              I think he means that the stock noob v7 bezel looks the worst in low light conditions
                              Oh~~~
                              Yea, V7 stock insert sucks!!! the grayish color bothers me a lot.....

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