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Semi-repainted 113

Semi-repainted 113

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I decided to get creative and paint one of my 113's a nice deep red color. I think it looks pretty nice, but as usual the paint job turned out like crap and it will need a few more coats.

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Manufacturer:American Electric
Model Reference:113
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Lamp Type:Mercury vapor

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May 15, 2017 at 02:26 PM Author: merc
Ferrari style.

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May 15, 2017 at 02:33 PM Author: Beta 5
never seen a cobrahead in red before

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May 15, 2017 at 02:59 PM Author: Flurofan96
To me the paint job looks superb regardless of your paintwork job you've done a marvellous job there

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May 15, 2017 at 04:06 PM Author: streetlight98
Doesn't look bad. Just needs another coat. Don't forget to paint around the bottom of the top housing and the hinge area. With that, this light will be looking sharp!

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May 15, 2017 at 04:31 PM Author: Lumex120
Yep, the hinge area still needs to be painted too lol. At first I was considering painting the bottom silver and the top red but then I decided that would look a bit too tacky. I also need to get a new NEMA label as well as spec label for the inside since the wasps ate the old one. I am going to have a custom-made bumper sticker and then cut it up and use it for the labels.

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May 15, 2017 at 05:11 PM Author: streetlight98
Sounds cool! Hmm yeah having the door and top housing different colors would make the fixture look like it's got a replacement door. Having a silver reveal stripe on the top housing would look cool though, but it would take some patience to set up. (reveal stripe being a silver stripe around the top housing about an inch or two from the bottom of the casting that goes from the hinge end around to the front of the housing and back to the other side of the hinge end of the fixture).

Do you need a NEMA tag proof to use or are you making your own?

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May 15, 2017 at 05:15 PM Author: sol
Never seen coloured street lights in North America. Very nice !

If the paint job is not 100%, no one will notice when it's 25 feet up in the air.
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May 15, 2017 at 05:17 PM Author: Lumex120

Never seen coloured street lights in North America. Very nice !

If the paint job is not 100%, no one will notice when it's 25 feet up in the air.

This isn't going to be 25' in the air though. It might go on a new structure I am building in the backyard where it will be mounted at only 8'.

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May 15, 2017 at 05:19 PM Author: Lumex120

Sounds cool! Hmm yeah having the door and top housing different colors would make the fixture look like it's got a replacement door. Having a silver reveal stripe on the top housing would look cool though, but it would take some patience to set up. (reveal stripe being a silver stripe around the top housing about an inch or two from the bottom of the casting that goes from the hinge end around to the front of the housing and back to the other side of the hinge end of the fixture).

Do you need a NEMA tag proof to use or are you making your own?

A Nema tag proof would be nice. Do you have a design for one I could use? (also, while you are at it, have you got any red "17" labels? I need to make one for my OV 15).

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May 15, 2017 at 05:47 PM Author: sol
Oh, I see. Then a good paint job is necessary. Unfortunately, red is one of those colours that are hard to get a proper good looking coat. I have about four coats of red paint on my kitchen walls (between the counter top and cupboards) and I could use more.
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May 15, 2017 at 07:09 PM Author: streetlight98
@ Sol: Yeah I agree. Red is a very tricky color to paint anything with because it requires a lot of coats to come out right. My aunt and uncle painted their kitchen a wine-red color and it looks nice but they had to apply several coats. Seems like lighter colors go on much easier (unless you're painting over a dark color lol. In that case it's better to whitewash the walls first). I hate painting lol. The actual painting isn't so bad but I hate the prep work. The more you skimp on the prep work the shoddier the paint job will be.

I used to repaint lights by just spraying right over the old paint and not use a clear enamel top coat. Now I disassemble the entire fixture, scrub it clean, lightly sand the housings, wash the housings again (this time just with water, so you could say "rinse" lol), let it fully air dry, give it some primer (one coat on the inside and two misty coats on the outside, applied a few minutes apart). Then when that's all good I apply one coat of color paint to the inside and two to the outside. Then I apply two coats of a gloss enamel clear spraypaint to the outside of the fixture to protect the colored paint from fading or becoming powdery from UV from the sun. The enamel coating also helps the paint job resist scratches. The silver and gray paints I use on cobrahead restorations is not enamel, so you can scratch it right off with your fingernail if you press really hard. With enamel paint, it will scratch if you strike it with a sharp object like the tip of a screwdriver or a nail but it won't get all flaky and continue to chip off. Plus the extra shine it adds to the paint alone is worth the extra few bucks.

With lights I've installed in my backyard, I noticed without the clearcoat, the gray paint I use (Krylon Pewter Gray) will get chalky and make your fingers all white from handling after just a few months. It also looses its shine fast. The rust-oleum Hammered Silver paint, which I use on Westinghouse lights, seems to hold up well in the elements after a few months (haven't tested beyond that). It doesn't loose its shine nor did it become chalky. For some reason that color says not to apply a clear coat over it (or any of the "stops rust" Rust-Oleum products). Not sure why that is. I haven't tried it. Maybe it's because the clearcoat would fill in the textured finish of the silver paint... The hammered silver paint scratches fairly easy but not as bad as the Krylon Pewter Gray. I used to use Rust-Oleum "Aluminum" on silver lights without the hammered texture (60s GEs, Line Material lights, 80s Westy lights, etc.) but it also restricts the use of a clear coat so I tried Rust-Oleum "Titanium Silver 2-in-1 paint and primer" with the clearcoat and it blew my socks off. Came out really well. Not sure how the Titanium silver would hold up outdoors without the clearcoat but the Aluminum finish seems to do alright. I think it's just the Krylon that does it since it's cheap quality paint. Rust-Oleum is a better quality aerosol paint IMO.

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May 20, 2017 at 07:24 AM Author: Lumex120
Well, even more of the already-broken hinge snapped off. I had opened it because I was planning a way to make a new reflector bracket, and when I shut the door it shut smoothly but I was greeted with a loud snapping sound. I looked and the rest of one of the hinges had snapped clean off. So now the door isn't going to hang on when opened, and it might have issues with falling off even when closed. I really wish they would make these with replaceable hinges...

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May 20, 2017 at 08:15 AM Author: wattMaster
I wonder what's causing these hinge problems.

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May 20, 2017 at 01:12 PM Author: streetlight98
You really gotta be careful with cobraheads when opening/closing them out of operating position, as they're designed to have gravity hold the hinge pins downward. It's too bad it snapped but does it at least stay closed with one hinge broken? Hinge breakage is more prone with the GE M-250r1s and cooper OVZs but I have seen 113s with taped back sides around here before.

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