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 Posted: Thu May 9th, 2019 10:09 pm
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Giancarlo Eiras
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Hey there everyone! My name is Giancarlo Eiras, located in Lodi/Stockton, CA, and I’m in my mid 20’s. I’m Definitely brand brand new to this forum and to the fantastic world of vintage and antique fans! I was just amazed when I was browsing EBay and came across a circa 1900’s GE fan that was a glossy black with polished brass everything! My life has been completely different ever since... lol no just kidding but I did buy two McGraw Electric Vintage Zero fans. One was definitely nicer then the other but that’s ok. I’m going to clean up and preserve the nicer fan then do a few resto on the not to nice fan. So I’m new to fans but I do have a knowledge about restoring, fixing, and painting stuff. But I would like to ask a few questions just to be clear about what I’m doing and to get it done right the first time. This restored fan is going to be a gift to my mother for her birthday, early June. 
I’ve already dissembled the fan. It came in working order.

My first question is what kind of metal is the fan blade made out of? And could it be machine turned like aluminum?

What’s the best way to remove what looks like a bit of surface rust and gunk on the fan guard. I don’t want to sand or sand blast because I would like to try Nd preserve the original shine. 

The logo on the fan guard is in ok condition but what would be recommended to get it back to original condition?


When I tested the fan it wasn’t as quiet as I would like. I then noticed the blade has a lot of back and fourth play. Is that what’s causing the excessive noise? And could it be shimmed? 

So my plan for the fan is to paint it a nice burgundy/ merlot color with a high gloss finish. Rewire it with the fancy fancy braided or twisted gold wire. Paint all the hardware and fan blade guard a nice looking glossy gold (trying to mimic the beauty of brass). I have yet to decide what I want to do with the fan blade itself. Any suggestions? 

Thanks for reading my Welcome message! I’m super glad to be on this forum and even more stoked to have found this wonderful hobby! I normally work with wood so this is a good change up! I’ll be buying more and more fans because their are so many cool looking fans begging for a restoration on eBay! Thanks again! 
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Sorry for the double pic post. I was having a hard time doing this thread on a iPhone. Never again will I attempt that!

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Has anyone worked on this type of fan? I took it apart and the wiring inside was wrapped in paper but it was completely brittle. What is the right way to reassemble the wiring? I’ll post pics tomorrow.

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 Posted: Thu May 16th, 2019 11:15 am
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Use friction tape to replace the paper tape. 

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Thanks for the reply! I have two Zero fans and I took a look at the other fans stator and it looks like the paper is to prevent the wires from touching ANYTHING metal. Is that what I’m supposed to do?

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