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Thread: I'm a Newbie

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    Senior Member leggz48's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
    Granbury Texas

    I'm a Newbie

    I just bought this great treadle machine.....don't know if it works yet and will approach that down the road. However,I want to paint the metal frame/treadle. Can anyone tell me the best way to take the cabinet off the frame. The screws appear to be between the drawers and the metal, but up high/deep...more so than I can easily reach. I appreciate any help you can offer.
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    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Mableton, GA
    Refinishing treadle irons and cabinet

    Here's something to get you started til you get more responses. I used stove polish on mine, after cleaning them off. I like the results and I didn't have to take it apart. I can't see if yours have rust on them - that would be a different story. Good luck and post after pictures!!

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    Jul 2013
    South Dakota
    I take off the drawers so I can easily get at the screws.

    I put towels in the bottom of my tub/shower and then scrubbed and scrubbed to get the base cleaned and loose paint removed. Then spray painted it with several coats of Rustoleum "Hammered" spraypaint. The one I fixed up had been stored in a shed for about 15 South Dakota winters, and it was quite rusted and needed serious help. All the gilding was gone and I didn't try to recreate it, just went straight black

    This base was very dirty but in nice shape (top was junk though). This one still showed a lot of gilding, however it was also about 40 years newer than the first one.

    This is the same base - it cleaned up rather nicely!

    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Junior Member Lew Schiller's Avatar
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    Sep 2013
    Denver Colorado
    While traditional, the base doesn't have to be black. I did one in a nice deep red and it looked great. (Can't find a photo just now)

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