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Old 10-26-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Restore or Not ~ Antique Emerson Desk Fan

Picked up this awesome antique fan from a church, which still works, believe it or not.

Pre-1925, found it with the cord cut and covered in dust.

Not sure what direction to go with it, I'd love to restore it to the original new condition with polished brass blades. Leaving it in it's current position may also have unseen benefits(?).

What do you guys think, any experience is this area?
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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Send a pic to that guy with the restoration reality show in Las Vegas and see how much he'll charge for it.

I like old stuff and you should save it when you can.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:12 AM   #3
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That is not gonna happen. Rofl. I don't have $1500 to pour into something like that.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:17 PM   #4
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It looks like a pretty straightforward DIY job. Just clean it up with some steel wool and paint it flat black (or polish the blades if you think they're up for it) and you're good to go. Of course, if the motor is shot then that's a different story.
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It looks like a pretty straightforward DIY job. Just clean it up with some steel wool and paint it flat black (or polish the blades if you think they're up for it) and you're good to go. Of course, if the motor is shot then that's a different story.
^ He said it works...but just has a cut cord.

My opinion, if you want to actually do this, is to get it media blasted with something that only removes paint and then paint it. Steel wool also works but you'll have to work pretty hard to get all the stuff off. You can polish the blades fairly easily with some good brass polish and a dremel. Attach a new cord to it and call it a day.
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^ He said it works...but just has a cut cord.

My opinion, if you want to actually do this, is to get it media blasted with something that only removes paint and then paint it. Steel wool also works but you'll have to work pretty hard to get all the stuff off. You can polish the blades fairly easily with some good brass polish and a dremel. Attach a new cord to it and call it a day.
Yep. Facepalm for me.

Media blasting would be a much better option. I was thinking more along the lines of what the average person could do in his garage.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:00 AM   #8
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my step-bro has a media blaster in his garage, lol. I don't know brand or cost but he buys and sells old car parts and other old **** that he sometimes cleans up to flip. Not a restorer by any means but a hobby that he does when he's not teaching. He usually gets his stuff from swap meets, junk yards, garage sales.
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If it's brass and actually that old, don't paint it. Have it cleaned and polished to look like new. Maybe service the motor to make sure it keeps on running.
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I wiped it down and my best guess is that it was bought, and then immediately mounted to the wall.

I need to do the blades and re-felt the bottom basically.

The finish is remarkably intact thanks partly to the manual lubrication ports, years of dust adhering to the oil that was had seeped out or was spilled, created a protective coating of sorts.

I'm going to send the blades out to be polished back to their original luster, and then powder coated clear(?) instead of being lacquered.

Next up will be badges & labels.. Yay!! Pics to follow soon as well.
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:54 AM   #11
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Brass is good at not corroding so no need to coat it with anything(unlike steel). It will darken slightly from the protective oxide it makes on itself but that's part of the cool factor. Just polish it and oil it and it'll probably last another century.

EDIT: more pics!
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