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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 02:21 am
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Chris Wimberly
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Ok guys, I searched the forums and I couldn't find the answer I was looking for...

I have a GE Vortalex F11V163 Fan that I am restoring, and I have done a decent job (in my opinion) of bringing this thing back from the dead.

However, I am down to the blades. The paint was pretty chipped and I was wondering if I can remove the paint with a bench grinder wire brush wheel. Is this a dumb question? Ultimately, I'd like to polish the blades (which from doing my research on this site is some sort of aluminum).

I already tried spray painting the blades after I sanded them down.. and it looks downright terrible. I am actually embarrassed by how bad it looks.

So I am looking at using the bench grinder wire brush to strip it down the bare metal and polish to a shiny finish. Is this a bad idea???

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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 06:56 am
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Lawrence Smith
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Use carb cleaner it will just wipe the paint away, doesn’t scratch the aluminum blade.  

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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 10:57 am
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Lane Shirey
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If you’ve already sanded the blades to repaint them, you’ll need to use progressively finer sandpaper until there are no scratches from sanding. Sand multiple times, eventually finishing with 1000 grit wet sanded or finer. Even a buffer can’t remove deep sanding scratches. 

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 Posted: Mon Feb 18th, 2019 06:55 pm
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Hey, thanks for the feedback guys! What I ended up doing is sand blasting the old paint off and it worked great!

See the link for the pictures of the blades.

https://imgur.com/a/NzGAL5L

Here's what I did:
1. Sand blast the blades
2. Spray 2 coats of Self-Etching Primer.
3. Spray 2 coats of metalic silver paint.

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