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 Post subject: Storm door - a progress report
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:24 pm 
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While not the door I have to rebuild most of, I have been working on another original door. I finished stripping and repainting the door into the original green paint (matched from behind a spring hook on said door). The window was a bit more of a project. I've done one before, but I made a boo boo while stripping the paint off - I got the heat gun too close to the glass. Now I use a thin piece of masonite as a heat deflector and managed to strip all the paint off without the pain of cracking a pane. The process is tedious and does take a while, though. And yes, I've done both sides. :wink:

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Now it is on to sanding, priming and painting.

Anybody else working on original restoration projects?

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 Post subject: Re: Storm door - a progress report
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:39 pm 
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More progress has been made. I've stripped/cleaned the 70 plus years of paint and oxidation off of the brass door handles. As my ultrasonic cleaner isn't working, I did it by hand. First I used aircraft cleaner to remove the paint, and then soaked them in vinegar to remove some of the tarnish. After that it was a lot of rubbing with Brasso, and then Flitz (a little at a time over a few weeks). The exterior handle was a lot harder to clean than the interior one. Not quite like new, but close.

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 Post subject: Re: Storm door - a progress report
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:55 pm 
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Here are pics of the finished door, which is how it would've looked when new back in 1938 when my mom and grandparents moved in (minus the black hinges - they are just metal and as I couldn't tell what color they were painted I stripped them and went with black to prevent rust). The cream color of the house is a close match to the original color as well. And yes, the door still has its original screen, which I unfortunately painted brown a few years ago and will soon be painted in this original green.

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A Dremel motor tool helped with the hard-to-scrub areas of the door handle. Don't ask how long this polishing process took. :wink: I really need to get my ultrasonic cleaner fixed, or maybe a new one. And yes, the handles do say Stanley on them.

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Original paint colors were found behind the hook mounts for the springs (which are metal, not brass, so discoloration should've been minimal if at all). I did not touch the color behind either mount so it is original to compare the paint match. However, you will notice that the color on the door frame is a more blueish green. This color also appears on the outside of the main interior doors. So it appears two different greens were used on the house. Guess I will work on the front storm door next while I figure out what the other green is. The rear door will need to have parts of it rebuilt (not a project I am looking forward to) but does have some neat art-deco detail on the door handles.

With this I have probably done more restoration work than the members of the Greendale Historical Society have done themselves on any of their projects. :D

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