Optimus 11 - Painted Case

Discussion in 'Optimus No:11' started by snwcmpr, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. snwcmpr

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    My wife gave me this stove earlier in the year for my birthday. It came with a can of Rustoleum Charleston Green.
    I should have painted it the day I got it, but, I 'got to thinking' and that spoiled everything. I thought I would need to take the case apart, but I shouldn't have. So, a few months later, I had to figure out how to get it back together.... Link
    The day I glass bead blasted, I painted it with white metal primer. I think it was 2 or 4 light coats. After a few days, I baked it in the oven at 250°F for an hour. After at least a few days, I put 3-4 light coats of this green on it. Twice I baked it. 300°F for an hour and 500°F for an hour. It has set for a few days. I will be gentle with it for the next month while the paint finishes it's curing.
    I had the heat shield plated nickle-chrome after I bead blasted it. It does show the pits, but to fix that, copper plating base layer, is way too much expense for me. 10.00 USD was a good price for plating.

    Here it is next to an original painted Optimus 8. Actually they look more similar than the photo suggests. I believe the texture of the cases belie the color.
    The valve key came later and is not period correct.
    Flame shots later. It does burn well.

    Ken in NC

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    Very nice work Ken.

    I picked up a can of that color but have not tried it yet.
     
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    Wow, mad skils. I wish i had a fraction of your skills. I can just about barely season a cast iron skillet.
     
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    :thumbup: That turned out well Ken! Nice pair of stoves you've got there. :D
     
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    Nicely done Ken! Looks great. Your paint match works!

    No. 11 is on my list.

    sam
     
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    Thanks Sam.
    Next up .... Flame Shot!!

    Ken in NC
     
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    Nice work in deed!

    Question; Was Optimus 11 delivered orginally in other colors than medium dark red and medium dark green?
     
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    I did not get a notice of your reply. Add a "@" in front of a name and a tag will be created.

    I am not sure what colors were available.
    BD shared with me that his research showed this color to be as close as he knew to the original.
     
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    Thanks! After a while I will learn to use this. I will continue looking for original color for Optimus 11 as well.