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 Posted: Wed Apr 29th, 2015 11:44 pm
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Vladimir Djuric
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My first "Vintage Fan project restoration" !
1954 WESTINGHOUSE "Lively Aire" model 12LA3 was in really bad shape when got it for 20 bucks ...
Thanks to this forum, i pickup few ideas for my project !































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 Posted: Thu Apr 30th, 2015 01:23 am
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Christopher Harding
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That looks awesome! Great job, and the paint color really works well. I have a couple of these and love them. Good runners.

Last edited on Thu Apr 30th, 2015 01:23 am by Christopher Harding

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 Posted: Thu Apr 30th, 2015 01:33 am
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Tony Clayton
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Welcome to the Club  for starters. That looks Amazing Vladimir! Well done Awesome job!

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Vladimir Djuric
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Christopher Harding, Tony Clayton - Thanks !

Sorry for my bad English i lived all my life in Europe, moved in USA couple years ago ...

I pick this copper-ish hammered finish to give kinda industrial look. I don't have shop or tools for this kind of job - and most of sending was done by hand ...

My problem was right color of cloth covered power cord, and i have kinda unique solution! I got me Paracord from Home Depot [ $3.78 for 50 ft.] slide out inner nylon cord and got me perfect sleeve for power cord ... Just the color i like ...
50 Ft. Light Desert Camo Paracord



And for bottom cover i use gray leather - make it wet in the sink, stretch and make a mold for cover shape ... Leather is awesome, wont slide on any surface, and gray match the natural aluminum color ...

While i was painting the whole thing i was concern about even paint layer in center blade piece, and what i did - i put blade on drill bit, put in drill and spray while spinning blades on low speed, and paint spread nicely all around both pieces - front and back, some masking was done before ...

And, IMHO - best thing for polishing aluminum is:
Mothers BILLET Metal Polish



kinda pricey - but last for long time ....


Thnx again guys ...

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 Posted: Thu Apr 30th, 2015 03:23 am
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John Hilliard
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Beautiful Fan.
Creative use of materials.
Great Pictures.
Well Done.
That is a stunningly beautiful fan!:up:

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 Posted: Thu Apr 30th, 2015 12:33 pm
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well it looks lovely now, enjoy it! summer is coming!

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I am inspired by your work, and problem solving! Great job OLd Sport!the color and cord is perfect!

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John McComas
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Great Job!
Perfect color match on the cord.
Looks super!

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Hi Vladimir!
Another great idea to cover a power cord and get a super match for your fan!! 
 Very Nice!!
Geo...

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2015 09:32 pm
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Absolutely stunning, Vlad!

That copper hammer tone paint
really accentuates the polished
aluminum and chrome.


Thanks for the "Paracord outer
sleeve" tip!  I'm going to try it.  :up:

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2015 09:53 pm
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Vladimir Djuric
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Thnx guys for compliments, and glad i can help a bit with some ideas ... :-) Just contacted my friend , who owns Goldstone Antiquery & Oddities store in Westover, West Virginia, he may have some fans for me ! I think there will be more projects on my desk soon ... Right now making leather case for my iPhone, tired of all Chinese stuff in stores ...

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Great job on that fan. The cord realy works that color. After your first fan you will want to do more and more and more!

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How did you get all the chrome to look so good? And the other shiny bits? Looks great my friend.

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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 05:57 am
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Vladimir Djuric
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Cory Baughn wrote: How did you get all the chrome to look so good? And the other shiny bits? Looks great my friend.
Thnx ! :D
A lot of sending and polishing - by hand ... :-)

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What kind of wire did you use underneath the paracord?

For the record, your paracord idea borders upon absolute genius!

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Love the cord idea, and I am going to try the leather on the bottom; such great ideas!

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Wow, very nice. I'm new here and you've really inspired me. I love the cord idea too, and the color - gorgeous!

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What type of paint did you use? How many coats? Did you use a varnish on top?

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Vald,
 nice job on the fan
 Working with the leather  get it as hot as you can stand and  you can work it around  and form it a lot.
The Paracord from Home Depot Im going to get some also and being a Vet. I can get a 10% discount.

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Wow that is awesome. I love the paracord idea too...would be a heck of a lot cheaper than vintage look wire in the long run. Can just buy cheap lamp cord and cover it :)

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Rick Powell
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Beautiful job to say the least, I like your innovative approach you have made a very respectable fan stunning.

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Juan Varleta
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I have to say, you really made that fan pop. You brought out a very stylish look that I think is very respectful to its vintage. And they are wonderful little fans. You should really enjoy using that one.

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Kyle Shelstad
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Vladimir, How did you do the paint?  I'd like to know how you got the hammered finish, it's the most beautiful thing i've seen

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Lane Shirey
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Kyle, Rustoleum has a nice variety of rattle can hammered paints. Follow the instructions closely on the can and they come out great. They can be a little finicky with temperature and humidity. 

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Kyle Shelstad
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thats what i was looking at, but i wasn't sure.  I like rustoleum's dark blue, i want to do one of my first gen LA's

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Apologies for reviving an old thread...

...but I MUST know how you did the cage badge!

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Okay, I know, this thread is approaching 3 years old now, but still, WOW!!
I come back to this fan over & over again.  Not sure why.  Maybe just because it's SO DARN BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sure, not too antique, but did I mention, 'WOW'?

Vladimir, this is such a thing of beauty, that I never imagined could occur with this model.  No less than awesome, in the true sense of the word.

Only four posts for you here on the forum within numerous years...  :-|  I hope you're doing okay, our Worldly brother...

Your Worldly friend,


Tom

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P.S. - Your photography skills are top-notch too!   :D

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Jenn Selchow
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Vladimir - fantastic end result! Great paint selection, cord cover, and photography! Beautiful! A work of art!

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It looks like Vlad is long gone.

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