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Old 02-22-2021, 06:48 AM
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I might have bitten off more then I can chew but got this from my girlfriends belated grandfather. I want to do it right. I have started wiping the grime and brushing off the rust. I found a match for the red paint; but struggling with the drawers. I come to THT. Yall seem well versed in these kind of things. Anyone know what spray paint would match? any other opinions/thoughts? I am thinking of wax instead of oil on the drawers themselves. Should I take off the wheels before I paint? I started on the top to match the paint. It shouldnt matter much because it will be covered in felt or plywood and the other toolbox put on top (which is next). Anyone know best estimate how old it is? and before you post saying ask google I did. the color I sampled for the drawers was wrong (Charcoal Gray).











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Great tool box. You want to strip it down completely and roll it back to serviceable as it was 40 years ago, right?
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One of those things that might be better off left "relic'd".

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Old 02-22-2021, 07:12 AM
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Just use it like it is. You might get your hands dirty if you try to paint it.
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
Great tool box. You want to strip it down completely and roll it back to serviceable as it was 40 years ago, right?
not 100%; but at least lipstick on a pig kind of thing.

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In that case, Fish Haid has your solution.
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I have on exactly like that , It is in much better shape. I will have to check it for a date. but late 70's sounds about right


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I would use a really good degreaser and make sure you let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off. Definitely prime it first. I would use a dry lube on those drawers.
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When they were still in business, we used to manufacture the paint for the old red Diston tool boxes. Long ago.
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What's the purpose of restoring it to 100% original? It's not like you are going to add value to it. Strip it and get it powder coated in some funky colour, like orange or lime green.
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I have the exact same small box. The drawer arrangement on my base is a little difference. I've had these since early 80's.
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I have the same top section and can say they don't make like that anymore. I'd say it was built 12/77.
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Why bother?

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Wipe it down with a light oil to stop the rust, and fill it with tools. Looks like mist from rain may have blown in and wet it occasionally from an open garage door. Keep it dry in the back of the garage and it will last you another lifetime as is.
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Personally if I had it, and was doing anything to it I'd just clean it up. Maybe throw a coat of clear on it.
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That toolbox is a strong candidate for colored POR-15.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
What's the purpose of restoring it to 100% original? It's not like you are going to add value to it. Strip it and get it powder coated in some funky colour, like orange or lime green.
That's what I was thinking. Bright green with grey drawers and a black racing stripe.
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Unless you are trying to bring it back to 100% original I would not worry about the color match as long as you paint all the drawers the same color.
. rust oleum dark machine gray looks pretty close.
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You can do a good sanding to remove rust and then spray paint. I have two, my set I brought in 1978 and my dads he got in 1975. His was rusty like yours so I sanded and painted it with rust oleum. Came out pretty good.








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Old 02-22-2021, 03:49 PM
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Use red lead paint (Red Oxide)

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