• Sand Blaster (we used a Skat Blast system)
• Powder Coater (we used an Eastwood Dual Voltage Powder Coating System)
• Industrial Oven (we used a unit made by Ted’s Fabrication)
• Sink with hot and cold running water
• Safety glasses
• Chemical-resistant gloves
• Small scrub brush or scuff pad
• Oven-safe glove
• Bare wire (we used 16 AWG copper)
• Cleaning agent (we used TSP)
• Powder Coat Paint (we used Cardinal Paint polyester TGIC powder, T241-BK59)
• (Optional) Spray lubricant (we used Tri-FlowTM)
Step 1: Disassemble the Lamp
In order to fully restore the lamp to a pristine state, it must be completely disassembled so that each piece of the lamp can be handled separately and all surfaces are fully exposed. Our lamp was held together with threaded knobs and threaded rods. If your lamp has been weather-aged for a number of years (ours had over 20 years of unprotected outdoor exposure), threaded connections will likely be very hard to loosen due to a build-up of corrosion in the threads. If any threaded connector (ie, screw, nut, rod, etc) cannot be readily removed, spray the connector liberally with a penetrating lubricant and let it sit overnight.
Step 2: Sand Blast the Parts
Step 3: Pre-painting Wash and Bake
• Scrub all surfaces and corners of the part with the cleaning solution using a brush or scuff pad and remember that surface preparation is key, so err on the side of over-scrubbing.
• After scrubbing, rinse the part thoroughly in clean water to remove any traces of the cleaning solution.
• Manually shake off any water pooled along inside edges, then transfer the part onto a clean metal wire fashioned with small fish-hook loops on both ends. Make the wire long enough so you can grasp the wire without any risk of bumping the part with an oven-safe glove.
• Immediately transfer the cleaned part to an oven that has been pre-heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 10-15 minutes to drive off any trapped moisture, oils or other gasses.