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 Posted: Wed Sep 20th, 2017 07:53 pm
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Joe DeVoe
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Being new this year and having fun with the fans I find I found after reading some of this posts I'd ask a few simple questions and take any tips so here goes.
1) For clear coat what is usually used?  Brand, Poly/Lac, etc.2) Best degreaser that won't harm paint.  Have had a problem here.3) What is this etching primer and what brand etc. is that?4) Stators - do most spray with an insulating varnish?  I've noticed on ones I have that the cloth wrapped around the coils is pretty much disintegrating so I've used the clear or orange varnish meant for that.  Does this make them run hotter?  5) Other tips on how to do things right.  A few things you learned along the way.  I might have some questions about a GE 1940 fan I'll be working on.  Has to do with the gear box and being able to remove the thumb screw on top of the box top.  Or other gears inside if no obvious how to get them out.  That'll be a while before I get to it. 

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 Posted: Wed Sep 20th, 2017 09:30 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Your best friend will be the search function on this forum. Everything you're asking has been replied to many times in the past and most, including me, won't reply to things we know have been posted many times. You'll find the answers to all your questions by searching. Actually the search is better than a single reply, because there are many ways and opinions on restoring. Looking at all the options was the most helpful to me early in the hobby.

If you have specific problems then by all means post them with lots of pics and you'll get plenty of help. 


Welcome ! And best of success with your restoration!


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 Posted: Wed Oct 4th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Joe DeVoe wrote: Being new this year and having fun with the fans I find I found after reading some of this posts I'd ask a few simple questions and take any tips so here goes.

1) For clear coat what is usually used?  Brand, Poly/Lac, etc.2) Best degreaser that won't harm paint.  Have had a problem here.3) What is this etching primer and what brand etc. is that?4) Stators - do most spray with an insulating varnish?  I've noticed on ones I have that the cloth wrapped around the coils is pretty much disintegrating so I've used the clear or orange varnish meant for that.  Does this make them run hotter?  5) Other tips on how to do things right.  A few things you learned along the way.  I might have some questions about a GE 1940 fan I'll be working on.  Has to do with the gear box and being able to remove the thumb screw on top of the box top.  Or other gears inside if no obvious how to get them out.  That'll be a while before I get to it. 


To not harm paint, I've had good success with Go-Jo-type hand cleaner/degreaser.  As for etching primer, it's mostly used for heavy rust, or for outside application...a fan in a residence will likely get by with regular primer.  Although it's tempting to get all of those gears out of a fan's gearbox, I don't recommend doing it....some are pressed it and won't come out...others have very precise alignment which you may not be able to achieve upon re-installation.  I dig out the old grease, then flush out the gears and gear box with a solvent (mineral spirits, kerosene)...I picked up a junky gun-cleaning kid at a yard sale for $1.00 with some flexible, cone-shaped brass bristle brushes which work great for getting the funk outta the gearbox...specially if you blow it out with the trusty old air compressor

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 Posted: Wed Oct 4th, 2017 06:48 pm
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Joe DeVoe
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Thank you for getting back to me. All useful info for sure.

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