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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 04:17 am
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Ron May
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Here is a before pic of a 40's Handybreeze. NO, I dont seek these out! But I bought 2 of them for $17 so I couldnt pass them up.  This one ran good, but had the baby poop brown paint with a textured finish on the base and motor housing. 

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 04:27 am
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Here are some after pics. I disassembled everything, the motor just needed cleaned up and a new cord.  I blasted the rest, except the aluminum blades and the mounting ring, I wanted to polish both so I used paint stripper. The cast base was rough, I think that was one reason they used the textured finish, it saved labor costs making a smooth mold and smoothing the casting.  I spent several hours smoothing this one out before giving everything a few coats of Urethane primer.  Wet sanded all the parts to be painted with 800 grit, and wet sanded the blades prior to polishing with 1200, 2000 and 2500.  Since this isnt a real valuable or collectable fan, I wanted to change the color and make it stand out a bit. I ended up spraying it in a Pewter metalic urethane.  Now I can finally start on the Wesinghouse you see in my Avatar!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 04:29 am
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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 04:30 am
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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 11:40 am
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I gotta tell ya Ron, you made me want it. :thumbup

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 01:31 pm
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Hi Ron-

Could you tell me a little more about what you mean by you "made a mold" to smooth the base?

I have a westy vader and it has the same rough-molded diecast type of base. I want to smooth it out just like you did and was planning on a lot of skim coats of filler plus a lot of time.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 01:38 pm
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That is a cute little fan!! Great restro!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 08:02 pm
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What I meant was, the textured paint helped the company save the labor time of making a nice smooth mold, plus the time of cleaning and smoothing the base once it was poured.  I have a Handybreeze from the 30's that came with a smooth black enamel finish, when I sandblasted the base, it was nearly perfect. The base on this fan was just the opposite, very rough with lots of flaws that were hidded by the thick textured paint.  I took my 2" angle grinder with a 120 grit pad and smoothed it out, the kept steping down all the way to a scotchbrite pad. I even had to use a die grinder with a cutoff wheel to straighten and define the 3 lines on the front and back of the base.  After all of that, I still needed a little filler, and 3 heavy coats of high fill urethane primer to get it where I wanted it. The stamped steel motor housing blasted clean and didn't require any smoothing, just the base.

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Hey Ron, I just posted a photo of a fan like yours, I had passed on it for $5, but when it was still there for $3 I grabbed it - if I can make it look like yours I won't pass them by again!

Mine looks like the cage is riveted, I didn't see a screw head - let me know how tyhe cage comes off.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 3rd, 2013 03:39 am
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Steven, mine was riveted as well.  I drilled them out and used brass machine screws with nuts on the back side to put the cage back on.

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Ron,

Nice  paint job and save. 
 Tin can fans have never looked better.:up:

Don C.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 11:14 pm
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I wish Ron would come back, he can make even dime-store fans look great!

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