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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2020 06:32 pm
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William Dunlap
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I've been waiting for someone here to oven cure these spray can paints. I lost my oven a while back and can't do it anymore. I never got a chance to do it.
(except small parts in my toaster oven)
I sprayed many fans with my airbrush and One Shot lettering enamel, then oven cured them.
The results were very good and I think the most authentic on the post japan fans.
The main advantage is that you can cut back the paint, apply a thinned coat and get the glossiest and hardest finish short of Japan.
Sometimes you get a haze on the finish right out of the oven. That can easily be polished off to reveal a near 100% gloss.
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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2020 06:42 pm
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Carlos Alvarado wrote: I tried to sneak in to a Chicago pd set one time and got kicked out.. lol it's hard for an out of work actor like myself with no acting talent to get an acting job. Hahaha I don't even watch TV anymore. Youtube has some quality people putting out great content. This old Tony, aVe, The Apocaliptic Inventor, a cool guy with a fan channel who put a bunch of fans in his bedroom and turned them all on. That was awsome! My kids loved that...
Im SO glad you went with the better paint. You put in too much hard work to just end it with that AE. 

Thanks Carlos! :)

Too bad you couldn't sneak on! I've probably watches every episode twice by now. I have no idea why I like certain shows. Was angry when they killed off Al, but that show is good, because you never know who they're gonna write out next.   :violin:

Interesting you're an out of work actor! Because, you've been acting the crap out of those fans! :D

Youtube is definitely a wonderful distraction from network TV. Clickspring, CoolWorlds, MelodySheep, MrElectricity, and a bunch of other space & restoration related channels.
I need to get youtube premium soon though, as the reason I have slowed down watching network TV has been filling ad slots on YT. Anything controversial drives me nuts. LOL

So, the rushed paint job is good enough I'm not sweating in. There is a place near the grommet hole that I touched when it was wet, since I wanted to make sure the grommet shade of black didn't look purplish on the deep black paint. Darkened it with a furniture touch up marker after cleaning, then clear coated it. In six weeks, I'll sand it up to 3K wet and polish. And there is one other spot the paint isn't thick enough. But, once the cage/blades are on, it'll be nearly impossible to see.

Here is how the 1500W radiator dried paint came out. Can't complain, as I spent a whopping 10 minutes cleaning and painting. :imao


Tonight will be the fun part! Assembly day! Woohoo!
Aside from one missing grease cup, seems like it should come together great. Knowing my luck though, the blade will somehow have gotten out of balance. Haha
Hopefully not.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2020 06:50 pm
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Alex Rushing
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William Dunlap wrote: I've been waiting for someone here to oven cure these spray can paints. I lost my oven a while back and can't do it anymore. I never got a chance to do it.
(except small parts in my toaster oven)
I sprayed many fans with my airbrush and One Shot lettering enamel, then oven cured them.
The results were very good and I think the most authentic on the post japan fans.
The main advantage is that you can cut back the paint, apply a thinned coat and get the glossiest and hardest finish short of Japan.
Sometimes you get a haze on the finish right out of the oven. That can easily be polished off to reveal a near 100% gloss.
Cheers,
Bill

You're quite right! The results were outstanding considering the use of rattle cans.
I had always wondered why my winter painted fans were 10% or so glassier than the summer painted fans. Now I realize the difference the heat made. When I picked the case halves up this morning, they were about 150F. In the winter, I always set the parts over a heater after spraying.
May try setting up a space heater oven soon!
The paint was also touchable, where as my normal air dry for heavy coating is a week with the Advanced formula.

The last one I had on the heater, when it was very cold in my shop, was the Westy Tank.
Closest I've ever gotten to polished Japan. Paint still looks like that too, but is rock hard now.

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Had a very successful evening doing an assembly! Fan runs like a brand new Clamshell, which I'm surprised as the bearings aren't great. Guess weighing the wings paid off!Brushes need break-in time, but are pretty quiet considering.


Photos from the evening:





Preliminary final polish. I missed a spot here and there, but will get them when I get the plate to mount.






Tha guts.



Ready to roll.


















Went with classic twisted pair with. Line switch will go on when I finish it after data plate arrives.


















And first fully assembled test run!




The data plate was supposed to have been delivered today, but package is arriving late. :(


Please keep checking back, as hopefully a second grease cup can be found soon too! :)

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 02:48 pm
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:clap:Drop dead gorgeous Alex. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 03:09 pm
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Alex, your craftsmanship is really showing on this one! It's turning out beautiful!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 03:25 pm
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Wow, just wow!! That cage came out niiiice. 

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That is beeeaaauuutiful!! Are you going to get a badge for it too, or just the data plate?

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 09:21 pm
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Stephen Chew wrote: :clap:Drop dead gorgeous Alex. :clap: :clap: :clap:Thank you much, Steven! :)

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 09:23 pm
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Patrick Ray wrote: Alex, your craftsmanship is really showing on this one! It's turning out beautiful!
Thank you so much, Patrick! :)
Must have to say thank you for all the members who have been encouraging and supportive! Don't think I would have stuck around otherwise. You guys are awesome, and make this hobby more and more enjoyable every year!

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Carlos Alvarado wrote: Wow, just wow!! That cage came out niiiice. Thanks man! :)Hopefully I can get that weirdo to include the Clam in a room fulls of fans video. :D

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Noah Britt wrote: That is beeeaaauuutiful!! Are you going to get a badge for it too, or just the data plate?The badge would be a small issue, as it was never meant to jive with a 12-wire drop rong cage..lolI like the old world open ring look, and I'd hate to disguise the hard work to get the center ring 95% even. 

I am going to weld the original cage together to have on hand, and might buy a badge for it. In the very unlikely event I need to sell it or get tired of 3lbs of brass on the little fan. Who knows, might find another clam at some point that I'll do a factory appearance resto on. :)

I'm thinking the fan will stay like it is forever. Will take one last video at full speed and rare line switch going full speed, then am installing the rectifier diode to make it useable. Though, even at full bore, there is NOT even a slight vibration. :)

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 Posted: Mon Oct 19th, 2020 10:11 pm
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Very cool Alex! That cage is stunning! Yours is every bit as neat as my “Glam Clam”. :imao:tumbs

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Alex Rushing wrote: Carlos Alvarado wrote: Wow, just wow!! That cage came out niiiice. Thanks man! :)Hopefully I can get that weirdo to include the Clam in a room fulls of fans video. :D

:D Make it happen! 
I have to admit, I've seen how fast those little buggers go and I was worried about the weight of the screws on the blades becoming a factor. But that thing is running smooth like butter! Going to have to steal that idea... :D

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Sean Campbell wrote: Very cool Alex! That cage is stunning! Yours is every bit as neat as my “Glam Clam”. :imao:tumbsMany thanks Sean! Will be posting the final photos in a bit. The data plate came in, and it got a full bling out too. :imao

I may have taken this one a bit to far, but honestly it looks "right" to me. Funky fan needs funky brass cage. Brass cage needs brass wings. Brass wings needs brass tag. LOL

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Carlos Alvarado wrote: Alex Rushing wrote: Carlos Alvarado wrote: Wow, just wow!! That cage came out niiiice. Thanks man! :)Hopefully I can get that weirdo to include the Clam in a room fulls of fans video. :D

:D Make it happen! 
I have to admit, I've seen how fast those little buggers go and I was worried about the weight of the screws on the blades becoming a factor. But that thing is running smooth like butter! Going to have to steal that idea... :D
To be honest, since I didn't have to peen(mushroom) pins in, the screws with ground down heads are probably a bit lighter, or the same weight. :)
Even though it run perfectly on normal "turbine" speed. The diode I installed today did a nice job taming it a bit! New video in thread being posted will show it on diode. :D

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Just watched the video. You did a beautiful job on that lil Clam! It sure is the Glam Clam now! The blades, cage, paint, all beautiful. Tag really sets it off. Just need the greaser now. But that runs really nice with that diode. Think I'll have to install one in mine to tame it down. Another fan saved by the artistry of Alex!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 20th, 2020 01:54 am
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Patrick Ray wrote: Just watched the video. You did a beautiful job on that lil Clam! It sure is the Glam Clam now! The blades, cage, paint, all beautiful. Tag really sets it off. Just need the greaser now. But that runs really nice with that diode. Think I'll have to install one in mine to tame it down. Another fan saved by the artistry of Alex!
Thank you so much, Patrick! This was a super fun project! :)
Last thing after the diode was the switch. Early Snap-It red rocker I've been saving for a special fan! NOS!





Guess that sums up this thread, since the only thing left is a second greaser. I'll find one eventually and install it, but will he hard to see with all the brass...LOL

The fan will get use on my desk once the second greaser is found! Right now, I drop some oil in the front to run it a bit.

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