iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

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Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:05 pm

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Also, aside from the oak, here are a few teasers of others.

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Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:42 pm

That last color looks awesome! I'm thinking of doing something similar with mine since I've got a lot of browns in my living room where I'll keep it. Keep up the good work! :clap:
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Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:51 pm

Billy, you're a machine!

Might have to put in an ask for one down the line.. 8)
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Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:22 pm

Are you using an airless sprayer in the metal files?
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Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:39 am

summoner wrote:Are you using an airless sprayer in the metal files?
ya? are you in a pro shop painting these? :shock:
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Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:04 pm

Man these flat files look great. Keep up the good work
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Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:44 pm

Man, this is inspiring. Would you recommend sanding down paint on a metal flat file even if the current paint is still in good condition?
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Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:48 pm

Appreciate the kind words.
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summoner wrote:Are you using an airless sprayer in the metal files?
ya? are you in a pro shop painting these? :shock:
They're being painted with a spray rig. Rather than doing these with spray paint, I wanted them to look better and not spotty. Due to this, I ordered automotive paint. Luckily, I'm fortunate to know great people that are willing to lend a helping hand. I'm not performing the actual painting, a crew is.
jdhq1185 wrote:Man, this is inspiring. Would you recommend sanding down paint on a metal flat file even if the current paint is still in good condition?
I've done it both ways.

I had a slate grey Mayline file and I just spray painted it black without sanding it down. I didn't even prime it. The paint looks great.

For these current files, though, they were sanded and primed before painting. The main reason for this was to remove rust.
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Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Cool, man. Thanks.
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Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:09 am

Went out last night to put another coat on the file to try to deepen the stain a bit.

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Still need to stain the inside of the shell, seal it, add the hardware and then lay the glass. Aiming to have this one done by Sunday.
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Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:55 am

Progress looks great as usual, Billy. Looking forward to seeing the final product! :pint:
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Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:19 am

Pop can spacers...brilliant.
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jdhq1185 wrote:Man, this is inspiring. Would you recommend sanding down paint on a metal flat file even if the current paint is still in good condition?
For the best results, always sand the finish at least a little. If the paint is all good and no dents, just hit it with 600 grit lightly, it's not a much about removing paint as it is prepping a good surface for adhesion. Your paint will last much longer and lay more even if you do this.

(I've painted all kinda of things and have a few body shop friends and they know their stuff.)

EDIT: awesome work billy and keep the pictures coming, you have some great ideas.
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Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:44 pm

A few updates.

Dark Cherry Metallic:
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Arctic White, with a window:
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And finally, stained the inside of the oak:
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Two sheets of glass ordered (one for the oak, one for the white).
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