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#211679 - Sun Nov 07 2010 01:04 PM Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign
Craig Osbeck Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 06 2009
Loc: Portland Oregon
Picked up a couple old dealership neons that were painted from the thirtys or 40's. My problem is that you can't hardly read one side that was facing up or to the sun, and the other is just plain worn. DO I just repaint as I did to one of them on one side and leave the other or do nothing and then looks like nothing there for the neon. The other alternative is paint both sides in which I believe is a tough call because why not just get two pieces of new metal. Prices have really dropped for recoated porcelin signs or touched up, where as painted tin is a tough call now. Do not want to reduce the value of these. Any thoughts ?


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#211682 - Sun Nov 07 2010 01:26 PM Re: Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign [Re: Craig Osbeck]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Craig, tin signs were repainted as needed "during their working lives". They were a proprietor's largest advertising outlet. They were repainted, re-lamped and a source of real pride for the owner.

I have no real knowledge of signs but, I find it hard to believe that a large dealer sign like yours wouldn't increase in price/value if repainted and "re-lamped". But that is just my opinion.

I think if it were mine, I would repaint one side, the worse of the two. That way people could still see the weathered "original" (no telling how many times it had been repainted while in use) side and also the way it would have looked when new.

Nice looking sign(s)!


Edited by Bob Richards (Sun Nov 07 2010 01:27 PM)
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#211690 - Sun Nov 07 2010 03:24 PM Re: Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign [Re: Bob Richards]
Blackout Offline
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Registered: Mon Mar 01 2004
Loc: MI, USA
[The other alternative is paint both sides in which I believe is a tough call because why not just get two pieces of new metal]

Think you just answered your own question there I would buy a sign in that condition before I would a restored one won't go there jm2c.
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#211714 - Sun Nov 07 2010 05:30 PM Re: Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign [Re: Blackout]
r49th Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 18 2003
Loc: clio, michigan usa
It kind of depends on what you plan to do with it. If you are keeping it and displaying it, you may want both sides re-painted. Especially after you hang it somewhere then wished you had done both sides. Take a bunch of before pictures to show the as found condition.
New metal? Nope. You'd be making a reproduction.
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#211730 - Sun Nov 07 2010 06:23 PM Re: Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign [Re: r49th]
philmccauley Offline
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Registered: Thu Jul 26 2001
Loc: Bardstown, KY USA
I think I would paint the worst side.
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#211804 - Sun Nov 07 2010 08:56 PM Re: Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign [Re: philmccauley]
oldgoaly Offline
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Registered: Sun Jul 26 2009
Loc: So. Illinois
I agree with Phil, repaint the worst side, good side doesn't look bad. tt

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#211851 - Mon Nov 08 2010 12:52 AM Re: Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign [Re: oldgoaly]
archer2 Offline
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Registered: Sat Nov 25 2006
Loc: Marshall Va USA
I'm with Bob, Phil, and oldgoaly. Repaint the worst side.
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#211896 - Mon Nov 08 2010 09:03 AM Re: Your thoughts on repainting an old tin sign [Re: archer2]
Craig Osbeck Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 06 2009
Loc: Portland Oregon
Thanks, now I do not feel so bad.
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