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Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Postby pauljt71 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:36 am

badpenny wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:49 pm
That's looking really good Paul, compared especially to when I saw it a few weeks back.
Why do you need to match the blue up? Just find one you like.

BP :cool:
Thanks my friend :D
I want to try and keep it looking as original as possible without it looking like a brand new machine. I am pleased with the way the paint allows the original crinkle finish to show though. It has taken almost 2 days to dry though!

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Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Postby badpenny » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:11 pm

If retaining that surface is your goal and you haven't access to a decent paint stripper (don't buy brands like Nitromors since EU made them change the ingredients). Try searching YouTube for home made paint strippers. You'll find some involving brake fluid and Maynards Wine Gums or some such. You don't have to remove it all just enough so you can retain the surface after you've added your new coat.

Don't forget during their 60-80+ year life they will have been regularly repainted, if only to try to make them look modern.

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Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Postby pauljt71 » Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:45 am

The finishing touch to my Hi top case arrived today from the US. It’s a reproduction water applied decal to replace the original.
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Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Postby deano67 » Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:22 pm

Hi,
just renovated 2 Mill's Hi Tops during lockdown and like you I wanted to keep the crackle finish. I found thinned down Hammerite dabbed on with a short bristled brush gave a great finish. Trick is do it quick and don't brush the paint on. Two coats worked best I found.
Pics attached.
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Re: Mills Hi Top Projects

Postby pauljt71 » Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:21 pm

deano67 wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:22 pm
Hi,
just renovated 2 Mill's Hi Tops during lockdown and like you I wanted to keep the crackle finish. I found thinned down Hammerite dabbed on with a short bristled brush gave a great finish. Trick is do it quick and don't brush the paint on. Two coats worked best I found.
Pics attached.
These look great 😀


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