Post by King Fisher on Nov 20, 2012 16:08:20 GMT 10
Last weekend did a lot but not too much to show for it. The 240v was finished off and now working. There are only 3 power points and no lights on the 240v circuit, one above the bench in the original position, a new one at the end of the bench near the floor where the open space is so that a portable fridge could be plugged in and one inside the cupboard where the battery charger is.
As the 12v battery charger is permanently mounted it is recommended to have as a minimum a fuse and preferably an isolation switch so I got a good idea. I always felt it was a pity to throw away the old fuse board.
So I removed the old backing board and cut a new one out of MDF. I suspect that the old backing board is asbestos so I didn't want to drill new holes into it. I will have to look into disposing of it properly soon.
I reinstalled the ordinal fuse and switch in series with the positive charge wire from the battery charger. The other switch basically switches the side lights through to the tow bar or not so they can be operated with the tail lights or manually as original.
Stole one of wiffie's Tupperware trays for putting under the battery
I have put a 12v socket in the wall near the back window above the drawers so phone's can be charged or a small TV can be placed on the bench near the window. I know it's a mod' but the curtains should hide it OK.
Finished mounting the other switch for the fan above the cooker
Cleaned up the metal around the bench and reinstalled the strip above the splash back. There is still 3 doors (had quality issues and a couple of scratches ) and one drawer (had the light fittings in it and got forgotten )to be painted yet.
I really love the side lights. Although I get a little scared every time I turn them on, don't want them to blow...
Admired the cupboards for a little while . The original blue knobs are growing on me, they are starting to not look too bad...
Post by King Fisher on Nov 23, 2012 15:01:30 GMT 10
Just in case anyone was wondering what goes in the hole above the sink:
There is a lovely chrome hand pump. It will be going off to be re-chromed next week. Unfortunately this is the only picture of it that I have. The actual pump contains a double barrel pump inside so each barrel operates in one direction so that it pumps on both strokes as you move the handle left and right. And yes it does work
Post by King Fisher on Nov 26, 2012 16:57:11 GMT 10
I've had a comment recently about the use of acrylic (also known as latex) paint. It was believed that latex paint was not available in 1959 and that I should have used enamel as that was all that was available back then. When I chose to use latex paint in my restore I had done a huge amount of research at the time and found that there was latex paints available as they were developed in the late 40's, and by the mid 50's were water-based similar to the modern latex paints, except for the mercury content. Some early acrylic paints were also rubber based. I would love to share some of the research with you all:
From wikipedia “ Leonard Bocour and Sam Golden between 1946 and 1949 had invented a solution acrylic paint under the brand Magna paint. These were mineral spirit-based paints. Acrylics were first made commercially available in the 1950s. A waterborne acrylic paint called "Aquatec" would soon follow. Otto Rohm invented acrylic resin, which quickly transformed into acrylic paint. In 1953, the year that Rohm and Haas developed the first acrylic emulsions, Jose L. Gutierrez produced Politec Acrylic Artists Colors in Mexico and Permanent Pigments Co of Cincinnati Ohio produced Liquitex colors. These two product lines were the very first acrylic emulsion artists paints. Water-based acrylic paints were subsequently sold as "latex" house paints, although acrylic dispersion uses no latex derived from a rubber tree. Interior "latex" house paints tend to be a combination of binder (sometimes acrylic, vinyl, pva, and others), filler, pigment, and water. Exterior "latex" house paints may also be a "co-polymer" blend, but the very best exterior water-based paints are 100% acrylic, due to elasticity and others, but 100 percent acrylic resins cost double as much as vinyl and PVA (polyvinyl acetate) is even cheaper, so paint companies make many combinations of them to match the market. “ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylic_paint
“ Sherwin-Williams first released Super Kem-Tone latex paint in the late 1940s. By the early 1950’s, Super Kem-Tone was being promoted with full-page ads in leading consumer publications like “Life” magazine. The selling point of the ads was an emphasis on “latex paint being easy to cleanup.” What was “hidden” in the advertising was that latex paint did contain an unsafe amount of mercury. “ www.howtoremovepaint.com/a-brief-history-of-latex-paint/
“ William and Nancy Young, authors of a book entitled "The 1950s," assert that the do-it-yourself mentality about home improvement became increasingly popular in the middle of the 20th century. Homeowners were drawn to latex paint because any paint that accidentally ended up on a hand or arm could be removed with just soap and water. At the time, latex paint was still a new product. According to the American Chemical Society, Sherwin-Williams released Super Kem-Tone latex paint in the late 1940s. By 1953, Super Kem-Tone was being advertised in popular publications like "Life" magazine. In these full page ads, a great deal of emphasis was placed on easy cleanup.
Though latex paint seemed like a godsend, it did expose many people to an unsafe amount of mercury. As of 1990, when "The New York Times" reported that the EPA was banning the use of mercury in interior latex paint, approximately 30 percent of the interior latex paint on the market contained mercury. “ www.ehow.com/facts_6904912_history-latex-paint.html
“ After much trial and error in cooperation with paint manufacturers like Glidden, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore, they succeeded with, Rhoplex AC-33, an acrylic-emulsion paint binder. Rhoplex AC-33 was introduced to the paint industry in 1953 for use in making the first commercial acrylic water-based paints. “ www.rohmhaas.com/history/ourstory/innovation_revolutionizingpaints.htm
“ In 1948 Glidden revolutionized the consumer paint industry with the introduction of its first water-borne latex paint, Spred Satin. The invention of latex paint reduced the use of petroleum-based solvent in paints by about 90 percent, and Spred Satin would remain a leading brand for over 40 years. “ www.answers.com/topic/the-glidden-company
“ During World War II, however, many experiments had been conducted with latex and the creations that could be made from rubber. In 1948, Glidden's Spread Stain was the first ever commercially marketed latex paint. It was based off of the styrene-butadiene compound that had been discovered during the government's latex research program. Demonstrations at hardware department and specialty stores were common, and the public was so impressed with this revolution that millions of gallons of the first latex paint were sold that year. “ www.ehow.com/how-does_5147869_latex-paint-invented.html
Post by Don Ricardo on Nov 26, 2012 20:54:36 GMT 10
That's a very informative post about acrylic paint, which demonstrates that some of our previous understanding may not have been correct. Thanks for sharing the results of your research with us.
A couple of questions:
1. Most of the adverts you've posted seem to imply that in the early years you've written about, acrylic paint was mainly intended for internal use rather than external. Is that correct, or does that just reflect the images used in the marketing?
2. Most of the info you've given seems to relate to the American (and European?) markets. Have you found any info about when people started using acrylic paint in Australia?
I posted some Australian paint advertisements in Reply #14 in the following thread from 2010: Paint choice. Latex exterior paints were available as early as 1957, and possibly earlier because my research at the time only went back as far as 1955.
Post by King Fisher on Nov 27, 2012 5:41:15 GMT 10
The acrylic paints were first developed in America, and hence they were first marketed in America. The early marketing aimed at the interior market first. This is what took off spuring the development of the exterior versions.
The Australian testing authorities I keep referring to are Austral plywoods (who know a bit about plywood) and the ewpaa (Engineered wood products association of Australia, who know a bit about doing the tests )
The paint to use on the inside of a van could be a different kettle of fish although acrylic paints are improving all the time regarding resistance to scuffing..... They are the future
Post by King Fisher on Nov 28, 2012 11:29:09 GMT 10
I installed the 12v accessory plug near the back side window, above the drawers. But I was never happy with the look of the modern plug. After a few days it really annoyed me enough to do something about it, so I made my own plug surround.
I think that looks much better. This is one of those mods done for modern convenience as we intend to use Bessie a lot. Need somewhere to charge the phone or run a small TV.
And before you comment yes they are Phillips screws and yes they will be well disguised so soon you will never know.
Post by King Fisher on Dec 3, 2012 12:02:47 GMT 10
Went out and the front window which had just been painted last week, and was still laid out on table after drying had a big crack in the glass! “Oh >:(X!@#@$@!!!”. Out with the chisel and off with the quads and whipped out the glass. I think a possum may have jumped on it during the night. All of the windows are ready to put back but the front one will have to wait now...
Refitted the rear bunk/couches. I replaced the old rusty hinges with slightly larger new chrome hinges. So I had to chisel out the hinge cut-outs a bit. The interior is really starting to come together now.
Dug out all the fly-wire screens out of storage and started to work on them. Most of them had already been sanded back to bare wood, but some had to be sanded a bit more and required a few touch-ups with some wood filler. Then gave them a coat of undercoat.
The main issue was that the front fly-wire screen originally had two ply board panels inserted into it. I really don't know why this was done that way. The only thing that I can think is that they wanted the long front window to look smaller for some reason . Maybe the front window was originally smaller and had been rebuilt when it rotted out a long time ago , still only guessing.
So a vote was taken and 100% said to get rid of the panels, this unfortunately left a cut in in the fly screens that had to be filled.
So I jig sawed some ply into thin strips and nailed them in place to fill the hole. Once painted and the trim quad is placed on top you will never see the additional ply.
Got a double bed foam mattress and cut it down into the 4 blocks needed for the table end. The second mattress is on order as they only had one left in the store. Also have purchased the material, zips, etc... to cover the seats.
Post by King Fisher on Dec 3, 2012 16:56:37 GMT 10
unfortunately for some, checkers were very popular in the 50s especially in kitchens. Personally I like them even though they are not everyone's cup of tea. To keep with some form of tradition as per the original lyno tiles, I went with the vinyl tiled version, and not the long lengths of vinyl. Conveniently available at ;D . Should be durable enough for many years and they look great... ;D and match the period.
Post by King Fisher on Dec 18, 2012 16:52:22 GMT 10
My New (Old) hand pump is back from the chrome platers. They did a great job for $90 for all three pieces. That's the body, handle and spout. There was some character marks in the metal that could not be polished out as the were too deep, however I'm not worried too much about this as it still looks great. The original name plate has been placed back on (With the original rivets ) and a new hose fitting has been fitted where the old fitting had snapped off the body of the pump. Just need to find the big bolt for the spout and the screws so I can put it back on the wall, now which box was that in again .