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#682902 - Mon Mar 20 2017 06:32 PM Sight Glass realism - an experiment
schuh Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 23 2017
Loc: North Florida
I'm restoring my first pump and didn't like the look of an empty sight glass. Filling it with some kind of colored fluid was just too much of a problem.

Amazon sells something they call glass paint, so I bought some and painted the inside of the sight glass.

The pictures below show the original sight glass and after being painted. Looks a lot more real to me!


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#682903 - Mon Mar 20 2017 06:53 PM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
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I think you're onto something there! I like it!
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#682910 - Mon Mar 20 2017 08:25 PM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
big blazer Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 09 2004
Loc: danville,va.
Cool

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#682913 - Mon Mar 20 2017 09:22 PM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
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Registered: Tue Apr 07 2015
Loc: Central Virginia
That definitely looks better than empty. I know gasoline colors varied widely back then. Did you pick red to match your pump's blend?
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#682916 - Mon Mar 20 2017 10:04 PM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
schuh Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 23 2017
Loc: North Florida
Red was the only color I could remember seeing in the old sight glasses. The glass paint is available in many colors though. Green, blue (for the Sunoco fans), orange and others. I guess you could mix them and get whatever you want. ;o)

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#682917 - Mon Mar 20 2017 10:19 PM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
Yellow57 Online   content
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Registered: Sat Apr 14 2012
Loc: Ohio
Are you just painting the spinner ? Glass doesn't look painted

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#682948 - Tue Mar 21 2017 09:22 PM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
schuh Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 23 2017
Loc: North Florida
No, the spinner is the original color - white. The inside of the sight glass was painted with a red transparent glass paint.

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#682954 - Tue Mar 21 2017 11:43 PM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
Goober's Station Online   content
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Registered: Wed Jan 25 2012
Loc: Louisville, Ohio
I've found 2 different Sharmeter pumps with colored stained glass in them, one green and the other red. This was located behind the ventilated window frame on an MA-37 cash computer. Makes me wonder if they would flash at night? Anyway, your idea is pretty cool. Good luck with the rest of the restoration.

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#682960 - Wed Mar 22 2017 07:05 AM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
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Registered: Wed Sep 10 2003
Loc: Carthage, IN USA
Nice touch, I like it.

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#682964 - Wed Mar 22 2017 08:25 AM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: tbuckles]
LOWright Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 19 2010
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Much better!
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#682966 - Wed Mar 22 2017 08:56 AM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
Steven C. Online   content
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
I don't know about realism, but I would certainly do this on any pump I was doing! It looks cool! And maybe also try to get a small light in there.
Thanks for sharing!!!
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#683207 - Sun Mar 26 2017 03:03 AM Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh]
Paul Bell Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 08 2012
Loc: Northern CA
I agree, very cool. I'll try it on the next resto I do too.

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