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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2018 01:12 am
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Dave McManaman
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I’m seeking input on what, if anything, to do about the paint loss on this 16” BMY.  The blades and cage had been painted so leaving the brass as is was not an option.  Once the paint on all the brass was removed I felt I was left with no choice but to polish those.  I’d already cleaned and polished the Japan finish but now am torn between leaving as is or painting. The loss is, per the norm, on the bottom of the base, the top of the motor, and tips of the yoke. I’m on the fence!  Suggestions?

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2018 01:28 am
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Charlie Forster
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Your choice !!
I would try to match the original paint and touch it up..

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2018 01:28 am
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Levi Mevis
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I would just touch up the paint loss areas and just leave it be, seeing as the painted on speed numbers and off script are still intact after all these years, since usually that gets worn off.
Just my 2¢ worth.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2018 01:36 am
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George Durbin
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What Levi says!

Geo...

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2018 03:56 am
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Alec Burns
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Touch it up and conserve, don't repaint!!!

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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 12:16 am
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Chris Benbow
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Agree with all above.
Just be sure to derust as much as possible beforehand. I really like Metal Rescue but you can also use good old Naval Jelly

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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 01:44 am
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Russ Huber
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GE BMYs are well constructed hardy fan motors. You have to your advantage they were mass produced and abundant in survivors. The look great with new skin and speed selection decals.  :clap: :D











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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 03:51 am
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Richard Daugird
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Likewise a bit of skill will be required but if you can do it it will look great. Hard to strip an repaint one and look original. Sometimes you have to. This is probably not one of those times. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 01:00 am
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Dave McManaman
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Thanks all. Any particular advice on what works best for touch up process, paint, tools for applying?  I’ve searched, some use testers. Some even use nail polish. Small brush?  I’ve shot whole fans before but never just areas so I’ve never had to worry about blending, matching, etc!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 01:01 am
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Dave McManaman
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By the way Russ, that is a beautiful finish!

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Chris Benbow
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Here are some excellent touch up tools. 
Micro brushes on the right and a “fine line paint pen” on the left. Both are used routinely for car touch ups. 

I would use gloss black enamel for the paint. 


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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 01:52 pm
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Dave McManaman
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Chris Benbow wrote: Here are some excellent touch up tools. 
Micro brushes on the right and a “fine line paint pen” on the left. Both are used routinely for car touch ups. 

I would use gloss black enamel for the paint. 


Thanks Chris. I appreciate it!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 02:43 pm
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Dave McManaman wrote: By the way Russ, that is a beautiful finish!
Dave,  FWI....the motor on that one has its original enamel.  The trunnion and base were done in gloss black powder coat. In past I found a powder coater that charged peanuts as long as I did the prep work. He would shoot the parts along with a larger order he was doing.  Powder coaters shoot gloss black with a fair amount of frequency. The trick is finding one that does quality work and is not a gold digger.


The gloss black powder coat blended perfectly into the original enamel.

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