Thursday, August 13, 2015

Repainting season

While the weather is mild, or even hot out, it's time to work in the garage and get the repainting projects done. I have three planned before it's too cold to paint, mainly 50 degrees, and have one well underway and paint for all three. Here's the progress on Mr. Green Machine:

Starting life as a humble Singer 99, this baby was worn, scarred, and in need to something. I took a vote earlier for a repaint of a Singer 15-91 and it seems people like a classic look. Not one to follow the crowd, I decided instead this little gal was going green, a lively green apple:
Singer 99 painted green apple green
I have found this older Singers are easy to strip with a chemical stripper, much work to mask off the parts that don't get painted, and after painting two black machines this green one was so much easier. No, I don't think I've gotten much better but it might be the actual color goes on smoother, fewer flaws. How to trim a sewing machine that is a color was a real dilemma: gold or silver decals? I don't think there would be enough contrast. Other colors? Pretty much just black but there wasn't a huge selection of styles. I finally decided a Singer 301 decal set in black would give the look I'm going for.
Singer 301 water slide decal set
I like the clean rectangular lines of the prism decal set and think it's not too pretentious. I could have used a Singer 221 set that are also fairly sleek but those are for the Featherweight and I didn't want anyone to think I was trying to pass off the repainted 99 as a Featherweight. The decals came today and were applied tonight:

Singer 99 in green with black 301 decals
I've been struggling with paint removal on the Phoenix 283: that paint is on there to stay! I'll give it another try but I might have to settle for a good sanding and then primer. This is really ugly looking:
Phoenix 283
I'm still going to paint it the original metallic green but, so far, this is way more work than it is worth.

A final repaint is going to be PINK! I love pink, I'm a pink kind of gal and just have to paint one pink. It will most likely be another Singer 99 but I do have a Singer 15-91 that is in need of a repaint but . . . pink? Even I can't picture that!

10 comments:

  1. I originally voted black. Now I am changing my vote to how you finished this machine. It looks beautiful.

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  2. I love the colors. I understand if you have a pristine finish you'd want the original color, but if it's going to be repainted anyway- go for it. If I could go long enough without it AND confident enough of my talent I'd love to repaint my chipped and crazed 201 with florals and free motion quilting designs.

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  3. What kind of paint are you using? I have a Singer 99 I am itching to repaint!!

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    1. I've used Rustoleum but having trouble with the clear coat so thinking about using Krylon next time. It's worth a try!

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  4. Do you use a spray paint? I'm going to repaint a really junky, chipped old Featherweight and I've had a hammered-finish paint recommended to me, a liquid (not a spray). I'm wondering what you would recommend. Thanks!

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    1. I've only used spray paint but as long as you prep well I think another kind of paint might work just be careful of brush strokes.

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    2. Just reporting back... the brush-on hammered paint looks lovely. Not a brush spot on it. It's oil-based, and I think that dries more slowly than water-based, so I didn't have any issues with that. I used a Rust-Oleum clear coat, though, and had some issues with it. Did you try Krylon?

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    3. I've been thinking about Krylon but now I'm going to try your suggestion. Thanks for the update!

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  5. Where didn't you get your decals from?
    Beautiful work!

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    1. Try Keeler Sales at http://www.keelersales.com/
      They also are on eBay if that is a route you like to take.

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