Monday, February 22, 2010

Trick out your flanger - we suggest flames!

Porter Internatinal has the fastest, most powerful flanger in the world: the PFM-4000 flange machine.

The awesome flanging capabilities are usually enough to make it stand out in a crowd, but we felt a machine like this deserved a paint job more fitting of it's hot rod performance. It is the muscle car of flange machines and you can see it run LIVE at Booth 2625 at ISPA EXPO!

If you feel the same way about your own Porter PFM-4000, you may want to try it yourself. Here's how to create your own custom paint job...
  1. Strip all critical parts off the machine and start with the core housing parts.
  2. Mask off areas that expose moving parts and internal mechanisms (those are the best parts of the PFM-4000)
  3. Clean off any excess grime and give the parts a clean coat of primer. (It helps to mist on several light coats in every direction for an even layer.)
  4. We gave ours a metallic chrome undercoat, so highlight edges would really shine.
  5. A carefully sprayed layer of bright blue was sprayed in such a way that the final appearance would appear to fade from chrome to bluish-black to total black. Leave a fair amount of chrome layer exposed to make this gradation effect work. (It does not look like much right now, but it will be a much appreciated step in the end.)
  6. Finally a solid black layer was applied, careful not to spray too far into the areas reserved for the black-blue-chrome fade.
  7. That completes the painting on the main housing areas! Now for tricky flames...
  8. First, paint undercoat layers of yellows, reds and oranges. Keep in mind where you intend your flame patterns to end up.
  9. Apply a precut vinyl stencil and then cover the surface with black paint. This protects your flame colored oranges and reds from the black paint.
  10. Once you have adequate layers of black paint, peel off the flame stencils after the black paint dries.
  11. Finally give all parts a protective clear coat and assemble your extreme machine!

OK, that was fun, but there is a more productive way to improve a flanger: couple it with a motorized belt table. Porter has already thought of that - it's called the EST-4000. See it here, and see other great mattress machines at GSG booth 2625 at ISPA EXPO.

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