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Projects Repaint it, or leave it "as is"?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flynbrian48, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,146


    My wife and I bought this very cool art deco piece of diagonstic equipment from the mid 30's last weekend. I want to refinish it in the original colors, Sunoco blue and yellow (it's got a really cool wrinkle finish, intact but faded and rust stained), while Kim thinks it should be left as is. I have to rewire it, in order to get the reading light to work, and to illuminate the dials. We're going to use it as an art stand, it may come into the house.

    I say it's not on the same level as a wooden chair from the revolutionary war period, and should be refurbished to be "pretty" and I'm not really concerned about what it's "worth". Kim thinks it ought to be left alone in order to keep the "garage find" look. Which way to go?

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  2. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    cool piece. well, if your gonna start pulling stuff apart, you might as well clean it up, just don't make it shiny with clearcoat to give it that total restoration look. if it's staying in the house, i would just spray all the parts with basecoat so it still has that old vibe. to it.
  3. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    I'll bet that looked even kooler when it was new,or to put it another way,if you found one 'as new',would you try and age it?
  4. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

  5. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,595

    from Garner, NC

    repainted/restored would be bad ass...
  6. never make the wife angry, leave it alone
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,210


    Too kool to leave it ugly. Hey, you asked...
  8. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,531

    Francisco Plumbero
    from il.

    What was it supposed to look like out of the box 80 years ago? It might look cooler now.
  9. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,078

    Lone Star Mopar

    I think I would leave it. It has character either way though.
  10. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    I like the "old" look but I think that piece would be really cool semi-restored.
    Nice find btw.
  11. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    Looks like you had a close call with it. Some nut nearly ran over it in one of the photos:D
  12. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,445

    Okie Pete

    I agree with your Miss's leave it as is. But then i am a lazy slob that needs another tetanus shot.
  13. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

  14. Dave K
    Joined: Jan 31, 2006
    Posts: 344

    Dave K

  15. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    The very best advice anyone can get. Just the fact she is OK with it in the first place makes her opinon carry the day.

  16. Steves32
    Joined: Aug 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,280

    from So Cal

    Since it's coming in the house- I'd restore it to what it would have looked like new. Don't over-restore it though, then it will look like a reproduction.
  17. MercMan1951
    Joined: Feb 24, 2003
    Posts: 2,654


    It can only be original once.
  18. jasonp
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 706

    from Aurora,IL

    I'd totally leave it the way it is
  19. There was a thread on a guy using CLR on a 59 Elcamino fender. Wow, it really looked good. Maybe worth a try before you get too deep into a repaint
  20. Merlin
    Joined: Apr 9, 2005
    Posts: 2,546

    from Inman, SC

    Looks cool I'd leave it as it is.

  21. Tough question. Probably worth more to a collector unmolested but functional. On the other hand restored it would look real good if it is a good restoration.

    I would be tempted to restore it. Especially if it was moving into the house.

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