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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 12:40 am
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William Dunlap
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I've added a new fan to the collection and a new painting technique, too.Not a very expensive fan. I was intrigued by the possibility of finding a gooseneck missing the cage, badge and blade at first.
But, this is nice, too. Maybe I'll find a  complete wild goose somewhere...








It's another lacquer job. This time I used a powder I found online that you mix with clear lacquer. I got a 5 gram bag that is enough for a gallon of translucent lacquer for just a couple of bucks. That really satisfies the miser in me.


Anyway, a few coats over a highly polished surface and this is what you get. The a couple of clear coats, hand polish and you're done.














This has one of those single shaded pole 3k rpm motors in it. You can usually see that because the rotor axis is off center from the fan itself. It rips right along making a distinctive white noise sound while pushing some wind. Not a lot, but OK. Very similar to Barcols and Chromevers in design and operation.


This fan fits nicely in my art deco collection along with the GE, Gilbert, and Emmy aluminum blade designs from the 30's.


Next will be a little R&M from that era. It's in great running condition, just needs cosmetics.
And a new camera for more detailed pics.


Cheers,
Bill

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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 01:33 am
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Russ Huber
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Cool beans!  Those fans are basic, and wide open for creativity. :D



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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 02:16 am
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Russ Huber wrote: Cool beans!  Those fans are basic, and wide open for creativity. :D
Anyone ever anodize aluminum motor
housings, bases and/or blades?   :wondering:


Last edited on Wed May 17th, 2017 02:17 am by Jim Kovar

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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 02:26 am
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Jim Kovar
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Lotsa colors to chose from.


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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 03:32 am
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William Dunlap
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I know it looks like anodizing, but it's just plain old lacquer.
If you want to do it yourself, Caswell has kits, but hold on to your hats; it's pretty expensive. I did my fan for about 4$ worth of materials. You'll need at least 500$ for the basic anodizing kit.
I lacquered the cage and the blade is bare polished aluminum.
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Bill

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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 05:21 am
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Marce Clark
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That looks great

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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Dang Bill!

I like that! Could be some fans in my future like that... 


Geo...

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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 01:11 pm
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Michael Mirin
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Those are great fans to trick out!:up:

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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 06:30 pm
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William Dunlap
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There are also translucent powder coating powders that give the same type of look. They look fantastic over chrome. Cast aluminum can be a challenge because of out-gassing of porous castings.
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Bill

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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2017 10:00 am
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Rick Huckabee
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It Shimmers. Great, I love it!

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2017 02:54 am
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Is baking required?

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2017 05:52 am
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William Dunlap
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No baking for lacquer. I have no clue for anodizing.
Powder coat yes.
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Bill

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2017 05:35 pm
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Sorry I should have been clearer...I meant for the process you did for this fan...mixing the power w/ lacquer. Since you mentioned powder wasn't sure if it was similar to powder coating or just that the color pigments were in powder form to be mixed w/ the lacquer.

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