Ensoniq Mirage rust

...and how to do so...
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KVRian
975 posts since 7 Jan, 2011 from UK

Post Tue May 18, 2021 6:34 am

Hi,
Does anyone have any experience of removing rust and treating rust and also respraying the casing on a synth/sampler?
I recently bought a broken Ensoniq Mirage and have managed to bring it to life (except keyboard causes it to go crazy if I connect the Mirage keyboard ribbon cable,it works fine via MIDI).

There are rust speckles and in places the rust has eaten the paint. I'd love to restore it so it looks nice again. It is the MK1 version with the big black buttons.
Thanks.
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KVRian
565 posts since 9 Jan, 2018

Post Tue May 18, 2021 6:38 am

I imagine it's like removing/treating rust on nearly anything else.

1. Take out all the parts and pieces
2. On the inside of the panel, where it won't show, experiment with different spray paints to see which one blends in the best (taking note of matte finishes or semi-glosses)
3. With sandpaper, sand the rusty spots. Use a rough sandpaper to start in very small patches and then apply a very soft sandpaper to finish.
4. Apply one or more coats of paint to the entire surface. Let each coat dry in between to ensure you're hiding the treated spots and not making them worse.
5. Don't forget to use plenty of masking tape to protect the silkscreened logo, port labels, etc..

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KVRian

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975 posts since 7 Jan, 2011 from UK

Post Tue May 18, 2021 8:47 am

Thanks for the reply. yeah, that makes sense. I just need to find something that will neutralise the rust to stop it coming back.
Cheers.
Synth Magic synths for Konatkt - ARP Quadra, Polymoog and many more. www.synthmagic.co.uk

KVRian
565 posts since 9 Jan, 2018

Post Tue May 18, 2021 9:42 am

Generally, it's just eliminating it once it starts by sanding it. Be careful with a lot of common rust treatments, as they can wind up pitting the metal...and painting over that will look even worse in some cases. Good luck!

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KVRian

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975 posts since 7 Jan, 2011 from UK

Post Tue May 18, 2021 10:46 am

Thanks. I'm going to start the sanding tomorrow when I get some sand paper.
Cheers
Synth Magic synths for Konatkt - ARP Quadra, Polymoog and many more. www.synthmagic.co.uk

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KVRAF
9393 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Tue May 18, 2021 10:54 am

don't forget primer

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KVRian

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975 posts since 7 Jan, 2011 from UK

Post Tue May 18, 2021 11:00 am

Thanks. Yeah, I ordered some.
Cheers.
Synth Magic synths for Konatkt - ARP Quadra, Polymoog and many more. www.synthmagic.co.uk

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