Craigslist Flat File Refinishing Project

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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:22 pm

Picked up 2 large 54" wide flat files on Craigslist for $75ea. Minor rust and scratches but the inside of the drawers were perfect.

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The supplies....

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Step 1.) Sand w/150grit sandpaper

Step 2.) Vacuum debris and wipe down with soap & water
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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:25 pm

Step 3.) Prime cabinets...

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Step 4.) Sand w/220 grit

Step 5.) Spray 1st coat of color - I choose a metallic sparkle charcoal grey color. Your first coat should be light and will look like ass.

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Postby HappaHaoli on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:27 pm

sixstringer wrote:Your first coat should be light and will look like ass.


Check.

Nice score. That's a great price for files that can handle any size print.
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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:28 pm

Step 6.) Sand w/220 grit between coats of color. It took about 4 coats until I was happy. Don't forget to sand in between coats!

Step 7.) Tape off drawers. I used clamps so I could lean them on each other without touching the painted parts.

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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:32 pm

Now - you all will probably make fun of my color choice but I'm really diggin the sparkle grey w/orange drawers... I wanted a huge blast of color and I got it! :)

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Same process...paint , sand w/220, etc...


Let everything dry for about a week. It says it "drys in 2-4 hours" but in the summer this stays tacky for quite a while.
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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:36 pm

Finished product. The pics are crappy because of the low light so the file looks black but it's actually charcoal grey and looks killer in person!

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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:40 pm

HappaHaoli wrote:
sixstringer wrote:Your first coat should be light and will look like ass.


Check.

Nice score. That's a great price for files that can handle any size print.


Yup! I totally happy with them. I feel like I can buy anything now and don't have to worry about safe storage!
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Postby fnord on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:44 pm

Looks great six.
I really dig the Orange doors as well, nicely done
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Postby mazdog on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:48 pm

awesome man.....this is my basic plan for when i finally find a couple files for a great price!!
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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:52 pm

that's my kids kung fu panda poster...I suppose he can have his own drawer. :P
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Postby HappaHaoli on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:52 pm

sixstringer wrote:it's actually charcoal grey and looks killer in person!


It looks killer even in your pictures. Nice work!
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Postby mistersmith on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:58 pm

Right on. Bitchin' job.
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Postby OtisMcfluster on Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:02 pm

Solid work there. Right on.
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Postby sixstringer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:11 pm

Thanks!

For those of you that have the smaller 46"x32" units check out this pic for comparison. I didn't realize how much bigger the 54" units were until I got them next to my smaller file. This thing is a drymounting behemoth!!!

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Postby OtisMcfluster on Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:15 pm

Also, you still need to change your avatar. I had mine first :wink:
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