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 Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 06:18 pm
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Todd Morgan
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So I am considering painting my Lively Aire gloss black. Any advice on surface Preparation, type of paint, and painting equipment to use? I'm thinking that using
Spray cans from Home Depot is not the best idea.

Also, the fan blade is plastic and I would be painting it gloss black as well. Would 
the added weight of the paint put too much stress on the rotor bearings?

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 Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 07:27 pm
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Korey Kreitman
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I'm a perfectionist, so I blast all metal parts to be painted with garnet media, prime with PPG DP90LF (black) or DP50LF (grey) epoxy primer, them use PPG basecoat/clearcoat or single stage urethane.  If there is roughness that needs sanded out then I use K36 sandable epoxy primer after the DP90/50LF.  I use a DeVilbiss HVLP gun.  This to some may be overkill, but the final results are unmatched and very durable to stand the test of time.  The only drawback, PPG is expensive but worth it to me.  There is nothing wrong with painting with a good enamel rattle can, it's all about prep work and clean dust free environment.  It can be buffed for better shine, just not as durable or deep of shine as high quality automotive paint.  Hope this helps.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 08:34 pm
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Thanks Korey, that's very helpful. Is blasting the parts something you do at home?If yes, What all is involved in the process?

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 Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 09:21 pm
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Yes, I have a bead blasting cabinet at home.  They make benchtop models for smaller parts, mine is a floor model that is 24" x 36".  There is also a verity of blasting media choices as well.  Just search google on the topic, or YouTube.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2019 09:23 pm
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Those are not the easiest fans to dissasemble for paint. :X

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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2019 09:25 pm
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I see you have already dissasembled it, may as well paint it now! My buddy loves those, has a couple. Maybe something more interesting than black?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2019 01:05 am
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It actually was not that bad. The hardest part I ran into was getting the cage off.

For the color, I have always liked the older antique black fans
with brass parts. That's why I am most likely going to paint it black.
The one thing I do not like about the fan is that it had
a plastic blade. I'm hoping to find an older metal fan blade 
for it



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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2019 04:13 am
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In my opinion I would leave it be because it is in nice condition and once you change it you can't get the original finish back. If the fan was rough then I would say go ahead but that is just me. Do what you want but I will agree these are hard to take apart and put back together. 

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 Posted: Wed Feb 27th, 2019 03:15 pm
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Zachary, that's a good point about the finish. This is my first fan projectand since the finish is in really good shape, I'm now considering leaving
it as is and just rebuild the motor to get it running. Then find an older Lively Aire
from the 1940's (one with a metal fan blade) to completely repaint and 
restore it as my next project.

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