Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Refinishing treadle irons and cabinet

  1. #1
    JaneK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    chicago suburbs
    Posts
    103
    Blog Entries
    1
    I am in the midst of a project refinishing a 1909 singer 66 in it's cabinet. I am wondering about the treadle irons. I have removed the rust and WD-40'd the whole thing. Should i paint the stand, black matte? or does painting ruin the "vintage " feel? If not paint, what should I do to "finish" the treadle irons? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

  2. #2
    Super Member virtualbernie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,590
    Blog Entries
    3
    Ask Billy. He's our resident treadle guru! He's finished lots and lots of machines and just loves treadles. He'll know!

  3. #3
    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    chicago, IL
    Posts
    9,470
    I used Rustoleum on mine...but it may ruin some of the value. of course if you had seen it before...the rustoleum was the way to go. :-D

  4. #4
    Senior Member redbugsullivan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Western Washington State
    Posts
    490
    Blog Entries
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom View Post
    I used Rustoleum on mine...but it may ruin some of the value. of course if you had seen it before...the rustoleum was the way to go. :-D
    So, a lot of time has elapsed between now and this thread. How did it turn out? I'm getting ready to repaint a set of 1884 treadle irons and debate doing it myself vs. having it done professionally. Your opinion, please!
    Annette

    There is no fireside like your own fireside.

  5. #5
    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    chicago, IL
    Posts
    9,470
    Mine has held up just fine...the black rustoleum which was in a satin finish, looks great...The legs were so rusty when I got it that it was the only way I could save it. I used navel jelly on it first then the paint....no flaking no problem. The gold area I repainted by hand.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

  6. #6
    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Posts
    6,242
    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom View Post
    Mine has held up just fine...the black rustoleum which was in a satin finish, looks great...The legs were so rusty when I got it that it was the only way I could save it. I used navel jelly on it first then the paint....no flaking no problem. The gold area I repainted by hand.
    Could you please post some pictures? Did you take the treadle mechanism apart?

  7. #7
    Super Member Mitch's mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    1,289
    Paint them. Treadles were made in such numbers the 'value' is about what you paid for it. Aside from that, the paint can be removed if someone, 100 years from now, wants to restore it. The rust stains unpainted irons would leave on your fabrics may not come out.

    If you don't want to spray paint them, a quick way to paint iron work is to use a sponge. Not a sponge brush - a sponge. Dip it in your paint then press, and dab, and smooth, to your hearts content. Wear gloves.

  8. #8
    Senior Member redbugsullivan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Western Washington State
    Posts
    490
    Blog Entries
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom View Post
    Paint them. The rust stains unpainted irons would leave on your fabrics may not come out.

    If you don't want to spray paint them, a quick way to paint iron work is to use a sponge. Not a sponge brush - a sponge. Dip it in your paint then press, and dab, and smooth, to your hearts content. Wear gloves.
    You have just provided me with a great plan! I never thought of sponging. Spray painting is messy and noxious. I even have the perfect paint. Thank you!
    Annette

    There is no fireside like your own fireside.

  9. #9
    Super Member Caroline S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Spanaway, Washington
    Posts
    3,824
    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    So, a lot of time has elapsed between now and this thread. How did it turn out? I'm getting ready to repaint a set of 1884 treadle irons and debate doing it myself vs. having it done professionally. Your opinion, please!

    What are you going to use to clean the irons before painting? An inquiring mind with a very rusty set of irons wants to know!
    Sweet Caroline

  10. #10
    Senior Member redbugsullivan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Western Washington State
    Posts
    490
    Blog Entries
    5
    I am debating between paying for sandblasting or a wire brush on a drill with a dust mask and face shield. It depends on how much the sand blasting costs. My Scotch heritage is showing... :-)
    Annette

    There is no fireside like your own fireside.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.