200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.
Gunhippie
Our Woodswatchman recently posted about using mineral spirits--paint thinner--to clean paint and decals. I've now used it twice, and have been very impressed with the results.

The main thing with his technique is patience and repetition. Using a soft cloth (I'm using disposable shop towels) wetted with the spirits, you change the cloth (or turn it to a clean are) as soon as it gets dirty and keep rubbing until the cloth comes out clean. My next step is to use a good wax--Mother's California Gold is my favorite--and do the same, as the wax is also a cleaner. When the waxing cloth comes off clean, it's time to buff with a micro-fiber cloth.

I'll be taking a few pics as I go.

My subject today is a 9/'81 200A700, with what looks to be pretty nice paint under all the barn dirt:

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I've pulled the valve and fuel cap, and I'm almost ready to get dirty.

Stay tuned!
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Gunhippie
Here's a surprise:

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A C written on the fount top with what appears to be a Sharpie. I hope it survives the clean-up! IIRC, some others have found the same mark on these late US 200As.

It seems I've forgotten the first step: Clean with warm soap water. The mineral spirits just ain't cutting the ol' barn crud. I think it'll then get a soak in some oxalic acid solution to get rid of the rust spots. I've used this trick on a few painted founts, and the paint and decal survive just fine.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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dbosch
I use turtle wax bug and tar remover.  Spray, soak, wipe, repeat as necessary.
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bowenstudios
That's my birthday lantern!! I think it's the only thing coleman made in September of 81. Saw one other on Ebay once

Look forward to seeing how this goes
Mike
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thewoodswatchman
Everyone has their own way Timm. I cant really justify commenting on their approach. This method works without any blunders. Ask me how I know. Many tricks in my world...if you stick to this you cant mess it up. That's big to me. As I'm done learning on this.
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Gunhippie
Well David, if I'm not going to trust you when it comes to paint, who will I trust?
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Gunhippie
Well, this didn't turn out to be a very good test. In typical Coleman style, the paint was in pretty good shape where it wasn't missing altogether.

It was a pretty good test of oxalic acid for removing rust without damaging paint or decals, and the heavily cracked decal on this one was a good test. One small bit fell off as I was rinsing it before a soapy water scrub, but that was all.

Here's the fount after a gentle scrub with dishsoap, a one-hour soak in a solution of 50g oxalic acid in 1 gal warm water, a good rub-down with mineral spirits and a wax and buff:

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Rust is gone, paint intact and looking good where it isn't missing.

The finished product:

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The frame, too, got a good long soak in the oxalic acid, which again didi a fine job of removing rust but leaving the plating (cadmium?) and paint intact.

The collar just got the soapy water treatment and a good waxing. It had experienced a valve/packing fire at some point. Not much I can do about that.

Everything seems to work fine, so maybe I'll fire it up when it cools off a bit.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Sonnyd
Nice recovery...  
Sonny Dryer
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thewoodswatchman
Timm that cleaned up nicely bro.
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Gunhippie
First fire, post-fettle:

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Note the cream interior of the vent. IIRC, the only model to have this.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Gunhippie
I've found a good home for it:

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It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Chucker
THAT, is a very good home. 
Chuck
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Gunhippie
And it really has found a new home. I think I might miss this one, and the 200A clamshell....
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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