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Refinishing an old safe

Post by hawcer on Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:11 am


I picked up an old safe that works great but needs refinished. It was probably made back in the 30's and is all steel with a 4 number combination lock. This sucker must way around 400lbs and is only about 2'x2'x2'. What would be a good paint to refinish it in? It will need to be something durable and long wearing(rustolium?)....it was originally a grayish color, but I think black will look good.

I haven't decided what I'll use it for yet(handguns,ammo,???)....I just like the old school look and coolness factor of it.

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Post by Reload3006 on Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:14 am

Back years ago when I worked in a Locksmith shop we used to use that Crinkle paint in various colors .. it had a good look and it hid the holes we had to drill to open the safes that people forgot the combination to or screwed up trying to change the combo
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Post by hawcer on Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:52 pm

Thanks Reload...crinkle paint would be a good choice and finish. Do you recommend any certain brand?

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Post by Reload3006 on Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:54 pm

lol I was lucky to remember that ... Thinking Rustoleum is a good one.
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Re: Refinishing an old safe

Post by fletch_medic on Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:38 pm

You should herculine it!
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Post by RichBirdHunter on Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:44 pm

fletch_medic wrote:You should herculine it!


Do it!!
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Post by sdsviper on Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:49 pm

Pic's we must have pic's. Laughing before and after!!!!
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Post by hawcer on Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:13 am

ok guys...Some before pics:



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Post by Reload3006 on Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:16 am

WOW if you dont refinish it man that would make a great heat treating oven LMAO neet project.
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Post by sdsviper on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:50 am

Now that's a safe. I'm sure I will look great when your done.
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Post by Nicnac on Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:22 pm

Thats a beauty, Man she'll make a great peice of art/safe in the home.
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Post by eagle60 on Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:10 am

Looks like a good one! Just don't forget the combination Smile
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Re: Refinishing an old safe

Post by hawcer on Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:45 am

I took the door and hinges off last night....now I have to start stripping.

Well...I went with black/gray splatter paint. it was available locally and is supposed to be a heavy duty finish.

After I get the old paint stripped off and do some light sanding, I'm going to coat it with rust killer spray, then self etching primer...then a few coats of the splatter paint. I might even trim the interior with a light carpet.

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Re: Refinishing an old safe

Post by kcatto on Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:14 pm

nice!!
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Re: Refinishing an old safe

Post by Nicnac on Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:29 pm

Pics man we gotta have pics along the way........ Cool

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