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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 05:20 pm
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Mike Schneider
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Hey Guys, 
I know there are all kinds of views and personal beliefs on "original fan" this, "you repainted what?" that on the forum and the posts on this topic abound.  I just wanted to share a quick photo for other newer members like me (and guests) who really like "SHINY!"

While I understand the value of patina and all it represents, my personal tastes do not lean towards it.  Don't get me wrong, I have several fans in my collection that have it and I would never alter but when looking for "projects,"  I want ones that fall into the definite "Fixer - Upper" category so I can go shiny. 

But to my point: Don't write off a paint or finish just because it may have a bit of rust, dings or is not factory fresh. "It's only original once!" has taken its sweet time to sink into my thick head.  :hammer:

Case in point below you newbies with that can of aircraft remover in your hand... A bit of rust is OK, dents and dings are OK. Save that paint if at all possible. Just look what a bit of degreaser, wax and elbow grease will get you. Just try one piece prior to stripping it, what can it hurt?  All projects are different and need to be evaluated...If you can save the original paint AND bring a fan back to life, all the better!




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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 06:56 pm
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Mark Behrend
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Very true, I look back on a couple fans I got when I was new and I should have just cleaned them.

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 08:28 pm
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Ryan Blazei
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Either way, both options can turn out shiny, but only one has lasted a couple decades as it is only original once.

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 08:35 pm
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Kevin R. Braswell
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I have the perfect candidate to try and save. The fan is an early hunter that resembles a loop handle G.E. When I first got it, the first thought was to restore it, After seeing some of the saved fans, that is now my first choice.

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 09:32 pm
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Don Tener
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I agree with trying to save the original paint. But when paint is needed I am really liking the Black Japan I have made. It is in my opinion the closest thing to the original paint and looks great. Here are pics of the front of the 29646 I am painting. You can really see the reflection of the Vintage wire and supply label in the paint in the second pic and the reflections of the windows in the first one. I painted this a few days ago and look at the dust already on it lol.






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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 09:39 pm
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Mike Schneider
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Looks great Don! I agree totally, when you have to do it, it is perfectly acceptable and warranted. :clap:

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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2017 10:32 am
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I'm with Mike's philosophy. When I started, I used to rush to repaint, but now I kinda like that they show a little age. It has to look presentable however or a repaint might be warranted. 

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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2017 10:21 pm
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Lamar Bass
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I understand and agree that "its only original once", but maybe we ought to find another name for it, because rust, missing paint, dirt, cat hair, and nicotine, are not original. Sorry, just my humble opinion.

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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2017 10:34 pm
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I am undecided if I will keep this 1906 Westy DC tank original or add paint to it.  But first I have to have the commutator rebuilt.   I know that it really needs to be restored but I have the option of saving it from that fate. would like to have it working well though.  I spent a fair amount of time just getting all of the screws loose without breaking any.  I'd say that the fan does not need much stripping, it's already lost much of it's Japan.











Cast hub blade.




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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Mark Behrend
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I would paint that one Steve! Probably, blue or red!:D

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Steve Stephens
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I can't argue on it needing paint but red or blue??  In a dark solid tone it might look nice.

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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2017 02:28 am
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Steve,
Knowing your extreme sentiment towards preservation, I'm surprised you haven't tried slapping a coat of Renaissance wax on this fan. I bet if you cleaned it off and coated it with wax it would probably darken the unpainted portions significantly. It might even look presentable then. 

It would also serve to protect the metal from further corrosion until you decide to do something else. 

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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2017 02:48 am
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Steve Stephens
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I do have some Renaissance wax I have used on some of my other fans.   Rusting is not a problem where I live so not a worry there.

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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2017 03:49 am
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Tim Marks
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From this:



To this:



In hindsight I wish I had not polished the brass. Live and learn!

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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2017 01:20 pm
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Dan Robillard
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Tim... is that a repaint?... or did you polish it out? That is a beautiful fan!!!

Last edited on Wed May 24th, 2017 01:35 pm by Dan Robillard

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I know that opinions vary when it comes to shiny or not. Myself... I've learned through posts in this forum that it is completely up to the individual that owns the fan. I personally clean a fan with a good de-greaser first to make that decision. Then... no matter what, I dismantle the fan. I check everything first making sure the fan is sound electrically as well as mechanically. Safety is first with these fans. Doesn't matter that you can loose fingers in the blades, I don't want any electrocutions on my conscious! If the old finish is good, I leave it alone.
The one thing that I have found... if you are restoring a fan for someone else, they want it SHINY!!! I have yet to restore a fan for someone that wanted to keep the original patina. "Make it shine!"

Last edited on Wed May 24th, 2017 01:34 pm by Dan Robillard

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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2017 04:03 pm
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Tim Marks
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Dan Robillard wrote: Tim... is that a repaint?... or did you polish it out? That is a beautiful fan!!!
That's 100% original paint!

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