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 Posted: Fri Oct 5th, 2018 04:18 pm
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Zackri Higgins
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Is there a rattle can color that looks close to the GE “Mist Gray” color? I’m assuming not, but I thought I’d ask. If not, I’ll probably do a custom color.
I’ve got this awesome 1950 16” Vortalex that I picked up a month or so ago which has the original paint, but it’s far too rusty for my liking. It’s also chipping off of the blades, which bothers me even worst than the rust. I like my fans pretty, not scruffy. 

I thought about doing this fan in black with polished aluminum blades, but after thinking about it, that would just make it look like an older Vortalex with the wrong cage which is kind of silly to me.

Any ideas on a custom color? 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 11:01 am
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Big thanks to Ron Morini for recommending a Rutoleum color called “Sea Mist” which looks pretty good, so I’m going to give that a shot.

This Mopar color called “Winter chill pearl” is VERY close in my opinion, but it’s like $15 dollars for a little 5oz can of it! So that’s definitely not a very cost effective option, as I’d probably need three cans of it. The R&M fan I just finished almost took up the whole can, and that was a 15oz can of paint. I like to do at least three coats. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 05:29 pm
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I don't know Zach, that "rust" you're seeing on your fan might be just cosmetic and might clean off pretty easily.I know sometimes with these old fans if they are stored somewhere where there may have been old leaky cast iron pipes overhead could cause the kind of "rust stains" your fan has on it. 
I would try cleaning the original paint on your fan with some CLR or some other kind of rust remover cleaner and see if that rust comes off or not, because like I said that rust on your fan looks like rust stains more than actual surface rust.



By the way I have the 12" version of your fan, and its a really nice fan, although the cage on mine broke in one spot so I brought it to the Fandango meet last year and had George give the cage his special treatment but unfortunately Fandango this year fell on the same weekend as my Cousin's wedding up in Michigan so I wasn't able to get my cage from George so my fan is going to have to be cageless for another year.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 05:34 pm
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Levi Mevis wrote: I don't know Zach, that "rust" you're seeing on your fan might be just cosmetic and might clean off pretty easily. I know sometimes with these old fans if they are stored somewhere where there may have been old leaky cast iron pipes overhead could cause the kind of "rust stains" your fan has on it, I would try cleaning the original paint on your fan with some CLR or some other kind of rust remover cleaner and see if that rust comes off or not, because like I said that rust on your fan looks like rust stains more than actual surface rust.Apologies for not mentioning this already, but I already tried cleaning it and it will not clean off. There is actually a spot on the side of the motor where the paint is starting to flake off from the rust underneath. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 05:40 pm
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Oh, ok, well I wasn't sure because pictures can be kind of decieving in that regard. Then by all means repaint away. 

I had actually found a late 1920s GE AOU at a local antique mall near me and the fan was pretty rusty to the point that it was quite pitted in some spots but I thought that maybe I could work a little bodywork magic on it and fix it up and repaint it and get it going again, but unfortunately speed coil was shorted and I couldn't remove the speed coil because the bolts holding it into place where seized tight with rust to the point that not even liquid wrench would budge them so unfortunately the fan was used parts to resurrect someone else's AOU on here. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 06:59 pm
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I had the same issue with some of the bolts on my 1922 AOU’s switch. Thankfully I didn’t *have* to remove any of those components and just cleaned it up the best I could without full disassembly. 

Was there not some way to cut them off or drill them out?

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 07:08 pm
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Zackri Higgins wrote: I had the same issue with some of the bolts on my 1922 AOU’s switch. Thankfully I didn’t *have* to remove any of those components and just cleaned it up the best I could without full disassembly. 

Was there not some way to cut them off or drill them out?

Not without breaking the switchplate, no there wasn't anyway to drill out the bolts or cut them out.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 07:16 pm
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Levi Mevis wrote: Zackri Higgins wrote: I had the same issue with some of the bolts on my 1922 AOU’s switch. Thankfully I didn’t *have* to remove any of those components and just cleaned it up the best I could without full disassembly. 

Was there not some way to cut them off or drill them out?

Not without breaking the switchplate, no there wasn't anyway to drill out the bolts or cut them out.
Ah, I see. That sucks.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 6th, 2018 07:30 pm
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Yeah, it did suck because it was (at the time) the oldest fan I owned, (that was before I got my hands on the Menominee Staghorn Oscillator from 1914, which was a first year run flare base unit, which was the model that took the place of the tab-foot base model that was made between 1900 and 1913 if I remember right).


Anyways I still have most of the fan yet, but the gearbox is broken because I tried removing it from the back of the fan and it ended up breaking because of the brittle potmetal it was made out of. 

I gave the brass blade to another member here who needed a new blade assembly for their AOU they were fixing up, and I also sent them the cover from the oscillator gearbox because they needed a new one, other than that I still have most of the brass hardware from my AOU yet including the thumbscrew from the neck adjuster, and the brass screws from the motor housing and the information tag and the base and the switch.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2018 02:42 am
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Zackri here is a 16” I did a while back. Didn’t care for the original color so decided to liven it up a bit. 







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 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2018 10:00 am
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Looks great Dustin!

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