Tips for Restoring Vintage Fan?

Tips for Restoring Vintage Fan?

Q: Looking to spruce up our office desk with some dual purpose antiques, I recently scored a deal on a lovely Bersted Mfg. "Eskimo" fan on Ebay for a song. It's cute and fully functional but is clearly in dire need of some spit shining. Although I'd love the color elsewhere in my otherwise bright house, this turquoise blue just won't work in the light sage green room its destined for. I'm probably looking to give it a crisp and glossy white coat of paint to match the bright trim and molding that accompanies our walls. With the proper care and right touch ups, I think this baby could really shine...

So now the question is-- how easy is it to refinish one of these? More specifically, how easy is it to refinish when you have never done a project like this before? What type of paint should I use? What's the best product for polishing the blades? Research on the internet has been futile. An Antique Fan Restoration club wants to charge $50 to join the fan club and gain access to their files. It's way more than I invested in the fan and, since I'm not planning on starting up a collection (yet), I'm hoping some thoughtful AT readers can help me find the answers I need.

The other major consideration is if it would be easier to find a restorer and simply have them fix it. Has anyone gotten a professional restoration done? I'm in New England now, but travel often so information on quality restorers across the Mid-Atlantic is also helpful. What's the typical cost? Thanks!

Sent by Karen

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