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A couple of Feuerhands in new colours

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Mesquite, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Mesquite

    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    I'm working my way through my lamps that need cleaning up and the next ones to get the zap bath treatment were a couple Feuerhand 275 Baby lanterns that were made when there were two Germanys...

    The obligatory before picture
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    My electrolysis setup. The charger is about 30 years old but performs admirably in its new role
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    Something's happening...
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    After 4 hours
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    Waiting for a rub down
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    In their new colours
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    As dusk falls they throw a nice warm glow :)
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    They've come up nice Steve. :)
     
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    Excellent job.
    Classic, functional but also beautiful, lamps!
     
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    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    Nicely done Steve.
     
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    What's the electrolyte? Sodium bicarbonate?
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Cheers guys, I'm quite pleased with the end results as well :)

    Nope, I used sodium carbonate aka laundry soda crystals
     
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    Impressive results there :D
    I have a couple of fancy bird feeders and garden lanterns that are in dire need of something done....either to the recycle bin or maybe I'll pester HWMBLT to have a play with your kind of set up.
    Thank you for the inspiration :D
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Thanks Mary

    It seems simple but there was actually a lot of work rubbing down getting them prepped for paint as well as the initial treatment.

    My dremel clone was a great help with a scotch bright mop attachment in cleaning them up. I must have gone through more than a dozen because the irregular shapes and surfaces just ate them up but it was a lot better than hand rubbing :rolleyes:

    This is the video I used for my setup if you need more info
     
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    Nice job!

    Could it be done with a naturally aspirated battery charger? :D
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Oh yes but that's boring when you've got a turbo :p
     
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    Thank you :)
    I don't mind the rubbing down so much these days, and Astonish paste is surprisingly effective.
    M
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    I was using 400 grit W&D at the start then thought sod this and switched over to the scotch bright buffing wheels :)
     
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    goodjob, that's quite the difference, how long did the whole process take you?
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Hmmm... well the lamps were in the electrolysis tub for about for about 6 or 7 hours.

    After that there was was about 4 or 5 hours prep work getting them ready to be sprayed what with rubbing down, masking etc. I then probably spent a couple hours or so in total on the spraying, 2 coats of primer followed by two coats of top coat finishing with one coat of HT paint on the chimneys.

    So roughly about 12 - 14 hours in total spread over about 10 - 12 days. I lost about a week due to rain stopping play otherwise it would have been spread over about 4 days in total
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Here's the same lamp in three different stages, before, after wet rubbing down then drying in the oven and finished, unfortuately I didn't take a picture of it ready for spraying

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    Superb job! The trouble is they look new now :)
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    They won't for long :)

    I'll post pics of them after they've had 2 weeks in the woods during the Moot so you've got that comparison as well ;)
     
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    I'll see them there :)
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Make sure you come visit Dingly Dell one night then :)
     
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    They look realy smart. I like the silver and black colour combination.
     

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