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How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 30, 2020 05:23PM
We have two of these in front of our house. Sure, I could allow them to deteriorate in place as they have for decades but I'd prefer to provide some protection for the metal.

I suspect that rust removal and powder coating is in order but I've never tackled a project like this. Anyone have some advice?









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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: Carm
Date: August 30, 2020 05:42PM
If you have the equipment. Sand blast and powder coat. If not, sand and wire brush, clean, fill with Bondo, sand again, then primer paint/clear coat.

If you want to keep the old worn look, just wire brush, maybe sand some areas, primer/paint/clearcoat



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 30, 2020 06:22PM
You could try this.

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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: davester
Date: August 30, 2020 07:08PM
Start with least destructive means and progress to more destructive (i.e. abrasives) only when necessary. A really great, relatively benign, product available from hardware stores is Evaporust.



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 30, 2020 07:22PM
....in your likeness.....???



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 30, 2020 07:46PM
Looks like a good job for one of those high-powered laser lights. [www.drivespark.com]

Too bad they cost five figures. I wonder if they are rentable yet...
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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: August 30, 2020 07:48PM
I like it just as it is. It looks like something out of a Dickens novel and has terrific ambience. I can see Scrooge carrying it around to light his way on a dark night while being accompanied by a ghost.
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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 30, 2020 08:47PM
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davester
Start with least destructive means and progress to more destructive (i.e. abrasives) only when necessary. A really great, relatively benign, product available from hardware stores is Evaporust.

ooo, Evaporust looks perfect.



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 30, 2020 09:30PM
My first suggestion would have been DIY electrolysis with washing soda, but the guy that does Project Farm did like Evapo-Rust. The big problem is trying to cover large open object like the lights with Evapo-Rust and preventing it from evaporating.

Project Farm did a test of Electrolysis versus Evapo-Rust.
[www.youtube.com]

Rust Remover Showdown (CLR, Krud Kutter, Evap-Rust, Loctite Naval Jelly). Will Evapo-Rust prevail?
[youtu.be]



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 30, 2020 09:32PM
I like it just like that...if you could just arrest the process of any more deterioration.



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 30, 2020 09:47PM
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Markintosh
if you could just arrest the process of any more deterioration.

Thats the goal!



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 30, 2020 10:00PM
Disassemble. Naval Jelly to get the rust. Paint with a proper rust Prevention paint. Go over it to present a weathered look. Multiple layers of clear to protect it. Reassemble and enjoy.
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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: August 31, 2020 07:07AM
If you're going to do anything to it, take a look at the wiring and sockets. They may need to be replaced.
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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: August 31, 2020 07:18AM
How To Deal With Rust, The Easy Way - QTT w/ Salvage Dawgs







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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: August 31, 2020 08:03AM
Take the glass out, if you can, then take them to your favorite auto-body shop for sand blasting and repainting. I think a black, high gloss enamel would be appropriate.


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mattkime
We have two of these in front of our house. Sure, I could allow them to deteriorate in place as they have for decades but I'd prefer to provide some protection for the metal.

I suspect that rust removal and powder coating is in order but I've never tackled a project like this. Anyone have some advice?



Ed (modelamac)

I think I will just put an OUT OF ORDER
sticker on my head and call it a day.
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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 31, 2020 08:25AM
.....everything is better when you refinish it off.....with a dollop of whip cream......



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Re: How should I refinish this old light?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 02, 2020 08:01AM
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modelamac
Take the glass out, if you can,

Yes that in itself will be a challenge I think.
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