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Primus 96 Pocket tin restoration

Discussion in 'Stove Forum' started by Metropolitantrout, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Metropolitantrout

    Metropolitantrout United States Subscriber

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    This tin was painted some time ago. It's stove (I'll cover that in a later post) was 100 years old and I assume the tin was as old. Although it took some time and effort to remove the ugly paint it did preserve the metal. Here it is as I received it.
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    A few coats of stripper helped remove the silver paint but not the red primer.
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    So into my homemade electrolysis tank....
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    Very nice results after an hour....
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    and a few more hours and some toothbrush work
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    The tin was also missing a brass knob for the latch so I fashioned one
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    I sprayed it with a few coats of clear coat so it can last another 100 years. Jerry
     
  2. Ed Winskill

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    Very impressive.
     
  3. Tony Press

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    Great job, Jerry.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  4. hikerduane

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    Nice job. Mine appears to be unpainted.
    Duane
     
  5. Doug L

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    Were these unpainted when sold? Interesting that this one had primer.
     
  6. kerophile

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    I believe that these "Pocket Primus" stoves were "cased" in the UK by Condrup, the Distributor of Primus stoves for the UK and Colonial markets.
    They were not commonly available on the Continent of Europe, or in the Americas.

    The case was tin plated steel, and un-painted when sold.

    Internal clips (to hold accessories, such as the legs, in place during transit) were riveted to the inside of the case in earlier models, up to the mid-1920s, but were omitted from later cases.

    In the Reference Gallery, Pocket Primus outfits from 1911, 1917, 1922 (x2) and 1923 show these riveted top-clips but a 1926 model I have doesn't and Bryan Miller states they were gone by the mid 1930s, presumably the legs were just stuffed in the tin with the rest of the stove parts.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Much better! Good conservation job.
     

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