Making a Platinum Converter Silver Color

Platinum converters are gold (not real gold, just gold colored). That’s never really bothered me at all, except when I went to check out the new Platinum Motosu 3776 pen, because it’s clear with rhodium trim.

Platinum 3776 Motosu

One of the first things that went through my head was “I wonder if that’s just a gold plating on that converter, and if there’s a silver color underneath”. Sure enough, there is. All it takes is a little sanding with an 800-1,000 grit sandpaper (or micromesh, as I have), and you can polish the gold right off in about 5 minutes. Then you have a nice matching pen!

Platinum Motosu with my modified silver converter
2017-10-11T03:12:44+00:00 September 10th, 2011|Tips & Tricks|4 Comments
  • Sven Opitz

    "It just makes me happy to see that"
    I know exactly what you mean. Nice info, just a shame it's needed.

  • Yeah, it's kind of a shame but I totally understand why they don't go making and distributing a whole new color of converter just for one limited edition pen.

  • Nice job Brian. I thought the exact same thing when I first saw the pen. Silver! Yes!

    Gold? *gag*…Another guy on FPN used a dremel and some simichrome to take of the plating. Which, in my experiences with restoring vintage pens, simichrome takes of plating WELL. But in that context, it's not such a good thing… :PI like this pen a lot, but the c/c makes it a bit… I dunno, it just doesn't do it… For me, a demonstrator pen should really hold the ink directly in the body of the pen. Piston fillers, vacumatic (parker), or plunger fillers all seem ¬†to be great for demos. But c/c, just doesn't have the same "wow" factor to it.Maybe that's just me…

    Anyway, cool post, and thanks for sharing this tip! It looks 110% better with the silver converter. ūüôā

  • I hear ya. Keep in mind, the 3776 pen is only a C/C pen…doing anything different would have been a complete redesign from the bottom up, and surely would have driven the cost through the roof. I do agree with you though, demos look best when piston-filled or something like it. At least now with the silver-colored converter there's nothing that 'sticks out' with this pen! It's still a beautiful pen.