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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 03:38 pm
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Joshua Fitzgerald
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I have not yet been able to find an oscillator gear for my Diehl, but it is time to start wrapping this project up. I already have my cord and head wires that I got from Sundial and have tested the switch, speed control coil, and stator and all seems well. I have started sanding the parts to get them ready for paint. I am going to use Rustoleum gloss black and was wondering if I should apply any type of primer after wiping everything clean. This fan will be regularly used so I am shooting for a durable finish. Any advice, tips, tricks etc... is welcome. Thanks in advance.





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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 05:20 pm
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Personally, if I was going gloss black, I'd use appliance epoxy. You don't have to prime it (although I will use a self-etching primer sometimes if the surface is uneven).

The best way to apply the appliance epoxy is sand the surface well, then I usually will wash it with Dawn and hot water, then wipe down with lacquer thinner or brake cleaner. Then spray a very light coat, like almost nothing. You're just giving the next coat some "bite." Wait 10 minutes then coat it again, then repeat the process until the surface is smooth and even. The epoxy takes forever to harden, so I generally will let it cure for at least a week.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 06:23 pm
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I've already got the the bullet cover shown in the pictures washed with dawn and rinsed thoroughly with very hot water and then wiped down with a cloth diaper. I've left both the part, self etching primer and paint sitting in the sun to warm them. I have also found that I have some Rustoleum black laquer in my paint stash - have you ever tried it before?

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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 08:48 pm
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Joshua Fitzgerald wrote: I have also found that I have some Rustoleum black laquer in my paint stash - have you ever tried it before?

I have. I have found it doesn't harden to my liking. We do have exceptionally high humidity here so that might be why. You can always bake the finish to harden it.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 09:28 pm
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I have only used the laquer on an old Stromberg Carlson telephone but that housing was zinc if I remember correctly. That one I baked in the oven on about 220 degrees F for about 3 hours and let it cool. It still took a few days to fully harden :shock:. +1 on the humidity, although we are having a rare cool front and the humidity is fairly low, which is why I'm trying to get all of my parts painted. That and my right wrist is broken and I'll soon be getting a screw put into it and won't be able to do much of anything for a while  :cry:.   

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 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2017 05:12 pm
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Larry White
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Rustoleum gloss black 7770 is what to use if you are going to use rattle can paint...

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 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2017 06:52 pm
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I like using the Rust-Oleum automotive primers then I got myself a cheapy paint gun from Harbor Freight to shoot the Rust-Oleum tractor/implement paint. I find it levels out very nicely and gives a beautiful finish that's a bit more durable than conventional automotive paints.

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