2nd Lock Down Fettle

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  1. Gary Waller

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    I have started my 2nd Lock Down Fettle a Vapalux 300 with brass tank.
    Tank currently being stripped, top and other brass components treated to an immersion in citric acid solution then buffed. Paint as recommended by @ColinG on order. Should get an undercoat on later today.
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  2. ColinG

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    If you can persuade your better half to do some gardening, pop the tank in the oven after the first coat and it'll dry enough to apply another coat in about 20 mins! I set mine to about 90deg... it bloomin stinks though so have an air freshener handy!
     
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    DO NOT DO THIS! It will lead to eviction, loss of any respect, and loneliness...

    Colin happens to have his own oven in the shed.

    Tony
     
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    *Evil chuckling*
     
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    @ColinG Ah huh!! You got caught!! He, he, he...
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  7. Gary Waller

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    She is done, this is the brass tank version I think the colour is spot on so cheers @ColinG
    Hopefully a steel tank version to follow in the next day or so.
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  8. ColinG

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    Well @Gary Waller this was an unreal coincidence... I just came in from spraying the fount and frame of an almost identical lantern - the same colour and the moment I look at CPL I see your post!!! The only difference is that my 'collar' is slotted and the air buttons are not hex.

    Nice job - the spraying is awesome BTW!
     
  9. Gary Waller

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    @ColinG Look forward to seeing your lamp finished, I’m assuming an earlier 300 steel tank version?
     
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    (Blush) Gee, it looks great... I should be so lucky. I just love that paint job! Very professional!
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    It should be but I used a collection of 'matching' parts I had lying around so it's not completely kosher but apparently W&B used to do the same thing to save wasting old parts so it's not a complete forgery! I have a straight sided steel tank 300 complete with its original frame but both are very very rusty... so bad I'm not sure it's salvageable.
     
  12. Gary Waller

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    @ColinG The steel tanks are quite robust if it has integrity then I would say it is salvageable. Naturalise the rust then use a good primer usually works. I have so far held back on restoring this one, I’m assuming the same(ish) variation.
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  13. ColinG

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    More or less... the collar doesn't have slots and I'm using the hood on the one I'm putting together now, but... the rust is much much worse than yours. Although I think the steel is structurally intact, the surface has been badly pock-marked and the frame is equally as bad, including the rods.
     
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    @ColinG
    In the case of pockmarked surfaces on the fount, do you fill the blemishes and if so what do you use?
    Cheers mate
    Peter
     
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    On the other steel tank I restored, I left the blemishes and painted over them but this tank is so rough I might use a filler of some kind.
     
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    @ColinG I’ve had a lot of success with a Selleys product called “Pastibond”. It’s a fibreglass resin, without the fibre glass, product we can get in Aussie.

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    It works very well and adheres very well. You may be able to get it in Britain. google will know.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    Aha... I'm sure there's an equivalent here in dear old Blighty - just so long as it's available on Amazon or eBay!
     
  18. ColinG

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    Snap!

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