Refinishing old Lincoln lamp?

Refinishing old Lincoln lamp?

Post by Cloy D. Tobo » Sun, 26 Apr 1998 04:00:00



[Apologies for the cross-post on this. I'm not sure who to ask!]

I'm refurbishing the Lincoln art deco lamp that hung in
the country home where my mom grew up (circa 1920).

The lamp is very cool -- all five "scoop" globes are intact and
and the lamp is structurally sound. Unfortunately, the finish
is pretty much shot.

The underlying metal is silver in color (nickle?) and it's covered
with a gold/brass finish (probably paint) that's about half worn
away -- and it's really dirty. I tried to clean a small area,
but the paint seems to come off quite easily.

Any suggestions on cleaning, preserving and (if necessary)
refinishing the lamp would be appreciated.

Thanks!!  -Cloy Tobola

 
 
 

Refinishing old Lincoln lamp?

Post by Don Forema » Mon, 27 Apr 1998 04:00:00


I assume from your note that you want to restore a gold finish.

This is pretty cheesy, but I'll share it anyway:

A  co-worker  had some fairly expensive kitchen chairs with frames made of
steel tubing.  The cost must have been in the style, because it sure as
hell wasn't in the structure.  Three of her chairs broke   in the same
place.  The welds were OK, but the stress concentration tore patches out of
the thinwall tubing.

On chair 1, I built up plenty of reinforcement at the weldsite -- and
overheated the tubing and burned off the finish! Oh, shit!  But I sprayed
it with nybco 18kt. Gold Plate  (spraycan paint, from Wal-Mart) and she was
delighted with the result.   You could gamble a couple of bucks  on a can
of it  and see what you think.  

On chairs 2 and 3 I used a wet rag to localize the heat and didn't burn the
finish past 3/8" from the weld zone. Stomped heavy on the TIG, was in and
out of there like a surgeon with a golf date.

Other alternatives are to have it plated, or get a Titanium Nitride finish.
 Titanium Nitride is gold in color, and I believe it  is the gold finish
used on some expensive plumbing fixtures.  It's nearly indestructable.
That's a vacuum deposition process, so it would probably be prohibitively
expensive as a one-off job on something the size of a lamp.  



Quote:
> [Apologies for the cross-post on this. I'm not sure who to ask!]

> I'm refurbishing the Lincoln art deco lamp that hung in
> the country home where my mom grew up (circa 1920).

> The lamp is very cool -- all five "scoop" globes are intact and
> and the lamp is structurally sound. Unfortunately, the finish
> is pretty much shot.

> The underlying metal is silver in color (nickle?) and it's covered
> with a gold/brass finish (probably paint) that's about half worn
> away -- and it's really dirty. I tried to clean a small area,
> but the paint seems to come off quite easily.

> Any suggestions on cleaning, preserving and (if necessary)
> refinishing the lamp would be appreciated.

> Thanks!!  -Cloy Tobola