|This is way overdue....
Fandango was a really great first fan event for me. My heartfelt thanks to Mike and Pam for hosting and for all those that helped to make it such a fun day. It was a pleasure to meet face to face with names that have become somewhat familiar to me over the past year.
I had displayed a few alt color, mid-century fans at Fandango (3 to be exact). There seemed to be a fair amount of interest in a Westinghouse (10-PA ) PowerAire that I had restored in a light blue hammered finish. I committed to sharing the paint colors ID's to some of you and I am hereby (finally) making good on my word.
While testing paint colors for this restoration I kind stumbled across the beautiful color of the raw Micarta blade. Upon seeing the leathery color of the unpainted blades in combination with the already painted base and housing, I immediately thought of the Sunbeam Alpine that was driven in the Alfred Hitchcock Film To Catch a Thief. This observation led me to repaint the already repainted cage in a color that completed the parallel styling in my minds eye. The fan has come to be referred to as the "Hitchcock Fan" in my house.
Restoration Pics (2):
The cage was painted a pale blue-gray until I wound up stripping the blades during the "What color am I going to paint the blades" phase of the project. I wound up using the color on an Emerson 79646-AT that I also displayed at Fandango.
Final paint scheme following the discovery of the complimentary natural color / finish of the Micarta blades.
Paint color pics (2) and Notes:
This remains one of my favorite fans. It was an early restoration for me and had a little extra magic generated by the combination of the drivers and affect mentioned above.
- Hammered Light Blue was applied fairly quickly and heavily (over sanded auto primer)
- Clear top coat was applied ~48 hrs post paint.
- Clear gloss was applied quickly and heavily resulting in a partial quasi-emulsification of the light blue and a transition of the hammered finish to something more akin to a light blue pearl-swirl effect.
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