View Full Version : My first restorations....
07-01-2010, 02:39 PM
After perusing these forums for a while, I decided that I wanted to embark on my own restoration journey. Picked up three brushes at the antique mall for less than 10 bucks. I think they should turn out pretty well.
Here's the three right after purchase, and some further work done on them. I have a good idea on which knots I want to put in them, but that stage will have to wait for a minute due to a disagreement between the funds I think I should have and the funds the universe tells me I have!
07-01-2010, 02:41 PM
I have a couple questions for veteran restorers out there though. On the black rubber brush, It has such a huge crack at the top. Any ideas on how to fix that? Would I just use some black epoxy, or is there something else?
Same piece, different question: when I drilled through the floor, I discovered a white substance on the bottom. It appears to be about an inch thick, and has a sort of chalky consistency. I have no idea what it is. Anyone ever run into this before?
07-01-2010, 02:43 PM
Can't wait to see what you do with them.
07-01-2010, 03:26 PM
First off....good start on some nice old handles.
The chalk is very likely plaster of paris. You can either just leave it alone (which is what I would likely do) just drilling into it enough to set a proper base for whatever knot you choose, or try and completely remove it.
The black one with the crack....I have a similar problem ahead of me and I intend on using some black epoxy to fill the crack, then sandiing that out to match reasonably well. I have not yet done this so....others may have some better ideas.
My very first restore was that same EverReady Red/white...turned out great. I would recommend you look to the Finest knots for these...so far those knots have been my favorites.
I cannot wait to see what you do with the all wood one...repaint to match the old or something else.
Good luck and have fun...once the fund disagreement issue resolves.
07-01-2010, 03:53 PM
In terms of the crack, i know that with plastic interiors of cars, you can "weld the plastic" using a soldering iron and black zip ties as filler. Maybe you could do something similar, using sand paper to smooth it out
07-01-2010, 09:58 PM
Wow, thanks guys!
I didn't think of plaster of paris. I think I will leave it. It adds some decent heft. I'll probably try black epoxy. Seems like it would work best given the situation.
07-02-2010, 05:03 AM
Congrats on the first restores! :thumbup1:
It probably will work... but it looks like you have several more cracks starting. Make sure you really like it and want to save it before spending $$ on hair for that one. At the very least it is good to practice on. :001_smile
I would also try to relieve the stress on those cracks. Drill a hole at the bottom of the crack(s) with a tiny drill bit. That should prevent further spreading crack after it is epoxied.
| <-- crack
o <-- drill at the bottom
07-02-2010, 05:17 AM
Good luck on your restoration. I have a white plastic molded brush that I want to drill out this weekend. I hope my handle will look as good as your do.
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