Olympia Cremina "Restoration"...totally reversible

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JAH

#1: Post by JAH » Jun 03, 2013, 10:29 pm

Hi Everyone,

This is my first post here on home-barista but have been lurking here for almost a year. I'm a somewhat new owner of a 1984 Cremina. I did all my research on which espresso machine to buy, how to use it, and every possible detail form this forum. I never had to ask a question because EVERYTHING had been asked before and was well answered. So, as a THANK YOU for all the help i thought i would share my unique restoration approach.

I had been on the lookout for totally beater of a cremina and was ready to rebuild one from scratch. I read a ton of build threads, watched the orphan espresso videos (love them!) and then lucked out and found a near MINT Cremina for a good price. All it needed was a descaling, a bottomless portafilter, and miscellaneous cleaning. The only thing not to love is that it was brown; the first cremina i ever saw was red and thats what i always imagined having.

From my previous research I found a lot of people powder coating their machines. Looks amazing, but its not exactly DIY and can cost alot (you get what you pay for). So, i went looking for something else. What worked out in the end was a product made as an alternative to painting your car...3m vinyl car wrap

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATH4R2G/

$16 dollars for a sample of 5ft x1ft, enough to wrap two creminas. the stuff is extremely durable. easy to clean. cheap. easy to apply (take your time). comes in a ton of colors (i went with a matte red). looks great. and is 100% reversible.


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BEFORE - Brown

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Removed badge with dental floss and removed residue with nail polish remover

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Wrap slowly and push out the air bubbles with your fingers. If you mess up, pull it back off and reapply.

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The top two corners are the trickiest part as they are the most visible. I used an exacto blade to cut the edges to meet at a 45 degree angle, just like the sheet metal was formed

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I also covered the steam wand "button"

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And here it is all done! 1.5 hours later. Looks great and very professional. and the best part is if i get tired of the red its easy enough to try something else or bring it back to factory original when i bring it to Antiques Roadshow in 100 years ;-)

Part two i will show you what i came up with for a reversible paint job for the brown frame. fingers crossed

Thanks,

JAH

P.S. one of the colors they make is a mirrored chrome. definitely would be good for the backsplash and drip tray. a poor-mans re-chroming. if you apply heat to the decal with a blow dryer it will conform to multidimensional surfaces (they use this for hub caps and sideview mirrors). might work on the group head, lever, etc

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Chert
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#2: Post by Chert » Jun 03, 2013, 11:21 pm

NICE result!

How will that material handle the heat of the machine in operation?

IMAWriter
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#3: Post by IMAWriter » replying to Chert » Jun 04, 2013, 12:02 am

My question exactly. Also, what if you have to adjust the stat, which is something I did with my cremina about every 3 months, slightly.
Also, and this is of just personal, but I Loved my brown Cremina, a dark coffee color. Less threatening than red! :lol:

Josh, please keep us up to speed as you're pulling shots.
Rob
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Beenbag

#4: Post by Beenbag » Jun 04, 2013, 2:19 am

Chert wrote: How will that material handle the heat of the machine in operation?
I cannot speak for the Red vinyl on that nice Cremina, but i have had some "clear" vinyl bookwrap on the top of my Isomac ( to protect the SS cup warmer tray) for nearly a year and there is no sign of it coming off.
On the top it gets hot and a lot of abuse from cups, porta filters, milk jugs, etc.
Best thing is, there is no "glue" left behind when if do remove it !

lesterp

#5: Post by lesterp » Jun 04, 2013, 8:42 am

Excellent idea, looks great.

Grant

#6: Post by Grant » Jun 04, 2013, 10:27 am

Chert wrote:NICE result!

How will that material handle the heat of the machine in operation?
I agree on the result...beautiful. Has me thinking about my Elektra now :idea:

Considering that material is designed to coat a vehicle, I would assume that is can withstand some pretty intense heat (think vehicle sitting in the mid-day sun etc.) I can put my hand on the side of my espresso machine with no problem (I am not sure about how hot the sides of a cremina gets though). In summer, I can't hold my hand on the hood of my car after it's been in the sun.
Grant

JAH

#7: Post by JAH » Jun 04, 2013, 11:41 am

So far so good. According to the spec sheet its good to go from -65 to +225F.

More details here...
http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawebse ... sGCOrrrrQ-

Also, this mod doesn't hinder removing the cover to adjust the PSTAT in anyway.

i'll keep you all posted.

JAH

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#8: Post by Eastsideloco » Jun 06, 2013, 6:13 pm

Dig it. It's just protecting the original finish.