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Picked this up about an hour ago from a gentleman in my area, it was listed on the FB Marketplace for $50.  Overall it seems like it's in good shape, although it will need a new pull chain for the switch.  The speed indicator numbers appear to be present.  One of the blades also has a very small chip, but otherwise I don't see any damage.












I'm happy with it, and it's also my first Fresh'nd Aire.  What's the best way to go about cleaning the finish up on these particular fans?  I just want to make sure I'm not going to harm anything.

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Some use 0000 steel wool which works well, lately I’ve had good luck with blue magic buffing compound and a buffer.

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If it were mine at the price you paid for it, I would have it chrome powder coated or chrome plated. I had my model 26 chrome plated and it came out great. It all depends on if you want to spend the money to do it.

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Very nice find! Is yours a 3 speed or a 5 speed?

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This one is a three speed:



Part of the original chain is still there, so that will be a really easy fix!  The switch advances properly too.

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Vic Valencheck wrote: If it were mine at the price you paid for it, I would have it chrome powder coated or chrome plated. I had my model 26 chrome plated and it came out great. It all depends on if you want to spend the money to do it.


That's a good idea, Vic.  I know rates can vary from place to place, but what's a good ballpark figure on having those parts powder coated?

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Simulation chrome powder coat has a nice luster.  You DO NOT want to take even a light grit buffing compound to it for a blemish. The area you rub with buffing compound will turn dull gray.

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Look what Kim Frank did with a rust bucket.

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Google PRISMATIC POWDER COATING, and then hit images. The sky is the limit for powder coat finishes.

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The only potential 5 speed freshy tin can fan under the model 26 is a model...…………...23.

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Dan Foley wrote: Vic Valencheck wrote: If it were mine at the price you paid for it, I would have it chrome powder coated or chrome plated. I had my model 26 chrome plated and it came out great. It all depends on if you want to spend the money to do it.


That's a good idea, Vic.  I know rates can vary from place to place, but what's a good ballpark figure on having those parts powder coated?

I had everything replated except the base section for $400.



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Vic, what did you do for all the rivots and name tag? Replace them with new rivots or screws?

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Joey Katona wrote: Vic, what did you do for all the rivots and name tag? Replace them with new rivots or screws?

Screws were in good shape, just cleaned them up. Rivots were left on for the replating.

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Russ and Vic - thanks for sharing those pictures. Both of those fans look gorgeous.

I'll have to contact a nearby powder coating shop to see if they can provide a quote for me. I also hooked the motor up to a temporary test cord last night and it ran beautifully.

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Dan Foley wrote:  it ran beautifully.As opposed to running ugly?  :P  :D 

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Levi Mevis wrote:
As opposed to running ugly?  :P  :D 

Good thing it has a healthy motor, or that would have been pretty ugly.

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Indeed!  I once experienced a freshn'd aire fan that almost caught fire because the speed coil apparently had a short in it so I had to scrap it. 

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Made some progress with cleaning it up:




Although I don't think I'll be able to do too much with the base and bullet housing, some of the corrosion is just extremely stubborn.  But the cage and front portion of the motor housing are cleaning up nicely.  

Here's the blade:

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Hey Dan, are you using #0000 Steel Wool and WD40 to clean that fan up? If not that might be the key to cleaning up the base and the bullet on your fan!  :D

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-FRESHND-AIRE-Model-20-Electric-Fan-motor-cover-part-parts-repair-chrome/202337082018?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

 He might have a base also

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Levi - That's actually what I was using, and overall the fan looks better than before.  Unfortunately some of the finish is just worn away, but that's honestly fine.  I mostly wanted to clean this thing up so it wasn't covered in greasy residue.  

Craig - Thanks for the link, I'll keep an eye on that!

Here is the fan as of right now, I still have some cleaning to do on the cage and the clips.  I also had some rubber mounts that fit perfectly into the motor housing, so I replaced the originals.  They were of course completely hardened and only amplified the motor's magnetic resonance.  Now it's extremely quiet and doesn't hum; only other problem is the speed indicator wheel likes to skip ahead, so I may need to try gluing it onto that little shaft from the switch.







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Dan, I actually think that the base and motor housing are painted. It doesn't look like pitted chrome plate.

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Great progress on that one. I know what you mean about wanting to remove sticky residue.

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Tom -

You're right, it's definitely a painted surface. Although it's too bad the finish on the base and bullet was already so corroded. The front portion of the motor housing is still in great shape.


Duane -

Thank you! It just had a lot of dry and crusty junk on the blade, and the rest of the fan was kind of greasy. The motor was really bad before I cleaned it up, I'm guessing it must have been some kind of a shop fan.


I can't find my before picture, but here's the motor after I cleaned it up:




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This a 2000 that I did last year. It took a lot of 0000 steel wool, simichrome and elbow grease. The blade was pretty easy to find. The pitting is something that I decided to just let it be a part of the overall aesthetic. It is now an everyday runner during the hot months. They clean up very nice if you are willing to spend some time. 








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Very nice, John! I wish this one had the same finish on the base and motor housing, it probably would have cleaned up similar to your fan.


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