Coleman 243K dated B/40

Discussion in '243, 243A, 243B, 243K' started by phaedrus42, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. phaedrus42

    phaedrus42 Subscriber

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    Another one found. :D/

    I'm open to suggestions on how to best clean and then preserve the water-slide decal.

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  2. Tive

    Tive Sweden Subscriber

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    Oh what a great find !!
     
  3. ColinG

    ColinG United Kingdom Subscriber

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    That original decal is beautiful but how you clean it... that's a tough one. Cotton wool with a mild detergent and wipe it gently perhaps? If that works it would be nice to seal it underneath a protective coat of something but you'd need to test it on a tiny portion to make sure it doesn't dissolve it!
     
  4. george

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    Nice find! I would be very careful with respect to the decal.
    :thumbup::D/
     
  5. JEFF JOHNSON

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    A fine fettling project!:thumbup:
     
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    JohanOptimus South Africa Subscriber

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    I am very glad that such a rare lantern ended up with someone who will appreciate and take care of it, congrats Phil.
     
  7. AussiePete

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    Wow, that’s a nice find and the decal is a real beauty. What @ColinG has already suggested seems to be the only way that I can see.
    First, if you haven’t already done so, take heaps of detailed close up photos of the decal.
    Enjoy the fettle.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
  8. Randy Field

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    First 243 I have seen with a decal. Great find you have there, congrats!
     
  9. Jean J

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    I’ll just be girlie and say that I love that blue hat! Should look stunning when cleaned up. Nice find.
     
  10. ColinG

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    Ditto what Jean said... maybe it's my feminine side showing!? I missed a couple of AGM Ready Lite277s with pretty blue bonnets on eBay. The pair of them sold for only £25 - I was gutted!

    This was them...

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    Hopefully a member bagged them!
     
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  11. phaedrus42

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    I decided to be rather conservative with the cleaning and after lightly cleaning the paint with Meguiars metal polish, I applied some auto wax for protection.

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  12. Andrew T

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    Nice couple.
    Hopefully they will start breeding soon.
     

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