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 Posted: Sat Mar 9th, 2019 06:54 pm
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Cole Day
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I found Emerson 79646-AN with black wrinkle finish paint. It appears to be in decent shape, just dirty. Has anyone cleaned this paint and can offer any suggestions? I'm used to gloss finish fans that I just wipe clean and polish with wax compound. I wiped it with some degreaser and a lot of black came off, which I'm not sure if it's grime or part of the paint. Some areas like the thumb screw on the tilt adjustment I noticed look glossy instead of wrinkled.
I plan to use the Mothers Mag Wheel Polish on the aluminum blades, which is unpainted.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 9th, 2019 07:10 pm
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Andrew Block
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That paint is not the best. I believe they didn't prime before the wrinkle. 
Honestly, the best thing I have found is FW1 cleaning wax. It's some gas station aerosol "waterless" car washbullshit my mother bought at a gas station for me (which, incidentally, will NEVER touch my cars). 

But you spray that on and lightly agitate it with a toothbrush then wipe with a microfiber towel or shop towel. It doesn't leave a white residue, which paste cleaner waxes will and you will NEVER get it out of the wrinkles. 

That's the best method I have found on multiple wrinkle finish fans.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2019 03:01 am
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Luke Skelnik
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I use 409 and a toothbrush dipped in warm water, followed by wiping the finish with a warm rag to remove any residue. Repeat until it is generally clean when you wipe it down.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2019 01:46 pm
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The funny thing is I had gotten my first wrinkle finish fan which was a 12" 3 speed oscillating Spartan Fan from the 1940s (which after I did some research on here I realized it was a rebadged F. A. Smith Co.  (FASCO) fan but unfortunately the pot metal gearbox was snapped off the back of the motor housing so there was no way of saving it) and when I first got that it was so dirty that I thought the wrinkle finish was rust but then when I cleaned it up using some degreaser, that was when I realized that the fan had a chocolate brown colored wrinkle finish on the cast iron base. 
Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the degreaser I used to clean up the wrinkle finish on the fan but I know that it worked wonders on that old Spartan fan's wrinkle finish and it didn't damage it either.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 12th, 2019 02:38 am
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Thanks guys for the tips. I was thinking a microfiber cloth will help, the toothbrush idea is good too.

Yeah, I thought the wrinkles were rust too when I started looking up close. But I've never looked at a wrinkle finish up close, all of my fans have been smooth or hammertone finish.

I think Emerson had some issues too with the french gray or the cream colored paint, because I rarely see them in as good condition as the black or bronze colored fans.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 14th, 2019 12:05 am
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Jim Kovar
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Cole Day wrote: Cleaning Emerson wrinkle finish paint
Hey, Cole.


Being a radio collector long before being

a collector of fans, I have cleaned many


wrinkle finished radios such as Atwater


Kents and Crosleys.







What I used was Goop Hand Cleaner.



Applied with your fingers, gently rubbed

in and then dabbed off with a soft rag



(terry cloth). The Goop will "float" the dust

and crud to the surface to then be wiped off.







Regular Goop, not the Goop with Pumice


or the Orange Goop.  :thumbup  No abrasives.




Last edited on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 12:12 am by Jim Kovar

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 Posted: Thu Mar 14th, 2019 12:30 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Thanks - - I will try that!

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