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Pancholoco1911

Got a 12/51 Christmas yesterday from an app sale and drove 50 minutes one way to get it. Lantern was barely used, fount was full of gunk, generator is nickel, cardboard is clean, looks like this lantern was stored for long long time and fallen on the side because vent is damaged and fount paint is bad. I would like to paint it and get a proper vent for her but if I paint the fount or get someone to do the job needs to be a heck of a good job because I would like matching paint and if someone knows where to get a water slide decal please let me know. 


I also need to get period correct globes for them. Second picture is from for sale ad

~Pancho~
Looking for B-Day lantern 9/83, 7/85

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Hot Diggity
Just my preference, I leave paint as found.  I'll clean it up, and sometimes get a surprise, like some gunk that wipes off and reveals perfect unblemished paint.  I think "Not restored, not mint" is plenty good enough to light a card game or provide light to read a book.

A perfect one will come along, and you probably won't be able to enjoy it as much, because you'll be worried about the vent, or scratching the paint.
Perfection takes all the fun out of it for me.

But that's just me.         
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Tgarner01
Yours looks to have a lot more paint than mine. I'd probably leave that one. Mine was missing 80% of it's paint so I repainted it. Didn't figure it could hurt it any. Cool score ðŸ‘
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Banjoman
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GoCamping
My vote is to let the lantern keep it's original paint on fount  as well.  Clean her up, maybe use some polishing compound and a nice coat of protective wax.  Many times, I have been pleasantly surprised how well the paint comes back  ðŸ˜…
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gwillmot
Hot Diggity wrote:
Just my preference, I leave paint as found.
Perfection takes all the fun out of it for me.
But that's just me.         

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JimL
You can paint it and it may look better, but you'll seriously devalue it if you do.   Painting it will remove any special value it has from being an uncommon lantern, even if you only clear coat it.

Someone had a $10 burgundy for sale at a gathering a couple of years ago.  Several people, myself included, checked it out but put it back down and walked away when we were told it was a repaint.

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Chucker
I stop the rust and look to see if it has at least 75% of the original paint. If not, I repaint, usually. 
Chuck
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Pancholoco1911
I am not a big fan of repainted lanterns, I prefer them like the way they are and enjoy them. 

@Hot Diggity I lit all my lanterns thats why I don't like to bring NOS/Never fired at home 

Black band is from forum member @typ4 found was damaged because this lantern fall on the vent nut and bent the fount, all I did was ice method and came out pretty good 
~Pancho~
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zoomkat
If a lantern has "character", then its history can be more interesting than the new paint job.
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tonywebber45
A Canadian collector once told me "its only original once" that has stuck with me.
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Clean it up, burn it
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Clean it up, shine it up, light it up; done.
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Dmacp
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A Canadian collector once told me "its only original once" that has stuck with me.


he's right. that "once" is when it leaves the store in the original box. The rest is "history". The original owner is part of that history. So are all subsequent owners, including you.
Original lanterns don't have someone's initials carved into the fount with a pocket knife. That's part of the history. Not original. Setting the lantern on fire, backing over it with the car, tightening the vent before lighting it-those are all part of the lantern's history. Sometimes part of the lantern's history includes a repaint. I would argue that in some cases a repaint will not destroy the value. In fact it might add to it. Depends on the history. That's why unfired original lanterns cost so much.
Dan
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Pancholoco1911
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@zoomkat true that

@tonywebber45 virgin just once lol 
~Pancho~
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Chucker
Dmacp wrote:


he's right. that "once" is when it leaves the store in the original box. The rest is "history". The original owner is part of that history. So are all subsequent owners, including you.
Original lanterns don't have someone's initials carved into the fount with a pocket knife. That's part of the history. Not original. Setting the lantern on fire, backing over it with the car, tightening the vent before lighting it-those are all part of the lantern's history. Sometimes part of the lantern's history includes a repaint. I would argue that in some cases a repaint will not destroy the value. In fact it might add to it. Depends on the history. That's why unfired original lanterns cost so much.



This. 
Chuck
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Dmacp
of course you've got to do good job and pay close attention to detail. This year used steel hardware. It's there. Also the directions disc used the words  "Mantles Burn", not "mantle burns". This lantern came with a ceramic burner cap. It's there.  If there was an ink stamp on the bottom, I mask that off. Also this is real paint, not a spray bomb. This lantern received a new fount. The new one is dated 8-52, just like the old one. This is a good fount, but the inside has been thoroughly de-rusted and epoxy coated. It's good for the long haul. The old one rusted through the "Coleman" engraving on the fount. 
the lantern has a vinyl sticker though-that's how you know it's a repaint.
It also has an exceptional vent, done by Mr. Steve Palmer. It is now part of the history, as is Steve himself.
There will be no more. Still indebted to the "three amigos" for that. (Murff, Brent and "Quest the turd doctor")
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Perfection, true perfection is NOT easily achieved . Thats about all im gong to say other than. Original can "sometimes" be better. If you do anything super nice other than use your lips youll get it.... 
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Vintageish
It's your call Pancho.

Work cloths are often honest enough for me.  But if you want an item to be more formal , go with paint.

Patina appeals to some. Others can't stand it. Then there are ugly scars that stand out.

I tell myself it's history and character in all the bruises and damage. That saves me painting....More so , setting up for painting.
I do imagine unblemished vents and founts though at times.
Then work a rusty frame instead , leaving just some rust before oiling it. L.o.l..

Spotted a 228 someone had partially restored for sale the other day hanging in a store.
While whoever worked it deserves credit , the price point had me wondering what they started with.
Not an unreasonable price for a good lantern , but more than I was interested in. I've worked one that was partially repainted and the two colors both lacked integrity in staying on. Not a crime. It probably looked good quite a while after repainting bad areas.

I 'd probably drop a mint lantern on concrete before drooping a poor scarred up workhorse. Just my kind of luck.  But if I painted lanterns well enough it would just get added to the queue again. (Course I probably wouldn't  have dropped it if either if I had painting set up ...)



Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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Pancholoco1911

I’ve already painted the burner frame but fount will stay as-is for now and will be one of my users for sure until I find a pristine tall vent and then maybe send it to someone get it painted professionally and I have sourced a guy who replicate water slide decals. 


i like patina too but this one may get the paint job in a future,  I already  own a nice Christmas lantern. 

~Pancho~
Looking for B-Day lantern 9/83, 7/85

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gwillmot
Perfection, true perfection is NOT easily achieved . Thats about all im gong to say other than. Original can "sometimes" be better. If you do anything super nice other than use your lips youll get it.... 

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