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#590710 - Tue Jan 06 2015 10:02 AM Re: Metal faced Gasoline globe [Re: BryceG]
Highway66 Offline
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Registered: Mon Oct 14 2013
I've always wanted to see a smalts sign. Have never come across one yet.

#590716 - Tue Jan 06 2015 10:37 AM Re: Metal faced Gasoline globe [Re: Highway66]
r49th Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 18 2003
Loc: clio, michigan usa
Bryce, the faces that were being sold awhile back were a round metal face that was punched and meant to go on a glass body. I think they were unpainted so the buyer could paint them the color they wanted.
I wonder what the purpose of the smaltz (sic) would be on a face that was meant to be lit. Smaltz was meant to act as a reflective material with an external light like headlights from a car.
Maybe they were supposed to be non lit globes under an island light?
ROD [Mich.]

#590718 - Tue Jan 06 2015 10:42 AM Re: Metal faced Gasoline globe [Re: r49th]
BryceG Online   content
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Registered: Mon Jan 28 2013
Loc: Peoria, IL
could be that they aren't actually smaltz, but rather the sand paint type. I probably used the term smaltz a little too loosely... as I havent actually held a light to it to see if its reflective or contains glass.

but what I was trying to say, is that they have either a smaltz paint or sand type of paint, both of which are seen on early signs and usually not found on any repos that I have seen.
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#590799 - Tue Jan 06 2015 09:36 PM Re: Metal faced Gasoline globe [Re: BryceG]
JimT Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
They are/were for a 15 inch metal body. I bought these, unpainted, off ebay quite a few years ago and never did anything with them.


Edited by JimT (Tue Jan 06 2015 09:39 PM)

#590804 - Tue Jan 06 2015 10:01 PM Re: Metal faced Gasoline globe [Re: JimT]
Catauladave Online   content
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Registered: Sat Aug 27 2011
Loc: Cataula, Georgia, USA
I have a set also. They are as you say for a metal body. If the fabricator had angled the punch and left the piece attached, he could have made them closer to the originals. They are nicely done though and could be painted Matt Alvarez("rustoration")style to be quite attractive. Dave

Edited by Catauladave (Tue Jan 06 2015 10:02 PM)
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