Fettled Tilley X246

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  1. Pauly

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    Gday all

    I've just finished off an X246 out of a number of Tilleys I picked up around Christmas time (noted in one of my other threads). Tilley X246.jpg I flushed and polished the tank, disassembled and cleaned everything, renewed all seals and then acid soaked the rust off the frame and redid the frame using VHT Flameproof paint - primer, then the grey topcoat, then satin clear.

    The tank polished up beautifully from the dull greyish starting point. The hood is just one of my better hoods. Based on the protruding lips it is a later hood than came with the x246, so I admit it looks a little out of place. I'm currently playing with derusting some of the older and poorer condition hoods and will experiment with a few finishes as I can see from other forum threads that there appears to be no perfect solution aside from re-enameling, which I'd have no idea how or where I could get that done in Brisbane or Australia and imagine it would be costly.

    One thing I noticed with the frame was that during the curing process (three step oven curing), in the second step (30 mins at approx 200 degrees C), I got a little bit of paint bubbling. You can see it on one side around where the handle hooks into the frame. There's also some on the handle. The bubbles seem to have gone rock hard after cooling. Not sure what caused this bubbling - might be that there were some areas where there was still some original paint on the frame. It cannot have been grease etc as this frame went through acid soaking, steel wool, sanding etc before a final soapy wash, rinse and dry prior to painting. This is the first time I've repainted one of these frames. Compared to what I started with I'm happy enough with where this has got to.

    I've done a burner only test run and all seems ok, so I've thrown in a mantle and will give her a run tonight! Pretty exciting as I have had ALL of my lanterns apart and in varying states of repair and restoration for the last couple of months and this is the only complete one at this moment!
     
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    Scrubbed up nice. Well fettled. Happy addition to any collection. Enjoy
     
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    Has beautiful shine.
     
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    Well saved!:thumbup:
     
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    Nice work Pauly and congratulations getting your first one going. :clap:

    I've had the paint bubble during curing and put it down to moisture or some contamination still on the surface at time of painting.
     
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    And here it is lit. Worked like a charm! Guessing it would have been a lot of years since this one was last lit up. After realising I was losing pressure I worked out it was leaking from the seal around the filler cap (pump seal I think?) - I had already replaced that seal and I had it tightened firmly but obviously not tight enough. Tightened it some more by hand, all good, and ran the lantern for a couple of hours last night. The heat proof paint on the frame held up to it no problems, including the top ring.

    x246 lit.jpg
     
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    Just read your comment @ROBBO55
    Could have been moisture - there was a short time from rinsing to painting - I used a heat gun to dry it out and it looked all dry but maybe I should have given it a little while to air. I was trying to minimise exposure time to avoid surface rust, but maybe went too far.
     
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    Nice work!

    Cheers

    Tony
     

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