• Assessment - first step to any restoration is assessing the condition of the fan. This includes noting any issues such as non-function parts, missing parts, damage, etc. 0.25hrs

  • Disassembly - The fan is disassembled completely. 0.5hrs

  • Separation of Parts - After the fan is disassembled, all of the parts are organized into categories which determines the nature of the restoration needs for each individual part. For example, brass fasteners are separated from steel fasteners. Brass blades are removed from the blade hub. Cast iron parts are lumped together, etc. 0.5hrs

  • Stripping - Once all of the parts are separated, any part which needs a chemical stripping is then soaked in a chemical bath for 24 hours. 0.5hrs

  • Degreasing - After stripping the parts must be rinsed and then thoroughly degreased by brushing in mineral spirits. 0.5hrs

  • Washing - After degreasing the harmful chemicals and residual grease and dirt must be manually removed using good old fashioned techniques such as soap, water and a sponge. This step is meticulously performed until every part is free of any residue of its past use. 1.0hrs

  • Blasting - Any painted part must be stripped of remaining paint and oxidation must be removed through media blasting. White glove fans uses glass bead media to ensure a smooth finish ready for paint preparation. 2.0hrs

  • Tumbling - Brass hardware including cage struts as well as steel hardware is then separately tumbled using professional equipment and proprietary media strategies. This effectively removes any remaining dirt, oxidation and grease from the part. 1.0hrs

  • Grinding - Cast iron parts are ground to ensure any casting imperfections are removed prior to painting. 2.0hrs

  • Filling - Cast iron parts are next filled with automotive grade polyester filler using multiple coats until the raw cast iron is as smooth as possible. 2.0hrs

  • Priming - after thorough grinding and filling the parts are finally ready for priming. Priming is a three stage process including two coats of primer and a coat of sealer with hours spent sanding in between. 4.0hrs

  • Painting - Only once the parts are primered and sanded completely smooth is it time to paint. Painting consists of two coats of base coat and three coats of clear coat. Sanding is performed in between to accommodate any imperfections that one may notice along the way. - 4.0hrs

  • Striping - if the customer requests it, pin stripes are applied. If the result is not perfect then it is repeated until the results are. 1.0hrs

  • Paint Cutting - After the final coat of clear coat, the paint is cut down using 2000grit wet sanding paper in order to remove any semblance of orange peel that exists. This produces a glass-smooth paint surface that is ready for final buffing/polishing. 2.0hrs

  • Paint Buffing - After cutting the paint with sandpaper we polish this surface using a three stage process to remove any sanding marks and produce a final result that is absolutely mirror-perfect.  2.0hrs

  • Brass Polishing - Achieving a mirror finish in brass is no easy task. It is only achieved after years of experience and experimentation. A professional brass polishing job means a lot of work. 8.0hrs

  • Cage Repair and Replacement - Cages are treated on their own. Not all cages can be repaired and many must be completely replaced by specialized fabricators. In the event that cage repairs are possible the steps required include straightening, fabricating and brazing. 3.0hrs

  • Brass Lacquering - clear coating polished brass is the only way to ensure that your restored fan continues to look beautiful for another century to come. However, doing it right is no simple task. The proper steps must be taken and the proper products used in order to ensure that the results are orange-peel free and durable. Lacquer over brass cannot be cut and buffed so the job must be done correctly the first time. This is a three stage process. 2.0hrs

  • Fabrication/machining - Often, but not always, a fan will require parts that must be machined or custom fabricated from scratch. This includes bearings, gears and other missing parts. Some fans are notorious for hard to find components which are nearly always missing. Others require the replacement of an easy to find part. 1.0-10hrs or more

  • Parts Acquisition - Finding missing parts can be simple for common fans or downright impossible for hard to find fans. The rarity of the parts will determine the cost of this critical step. If your fan is missing a lot of parts, the costs will be higher than the restoration for a fan with all of its parts. However, a rare fan with all of its parts will always be less expensive to restore than a common fan missing many parts. Bottom line: missing parts add up! 1.0-6.0hrs

  • Motor/Choke Winding - in the event that a motor or choke needs to be rewound we are capable of performing the job. However the task is not simple. 4.0 to 12.0hrs

  • Wiring - once the individual parts have been cleaned up and restored the wiring can be added on. Vintage reproduction wiring is UL approved wire that looks as if it was manufactured hundreds of years ago. Very beautiful and expensive, this is a critical step to any reproduction. This cost is at least $2/ft and is considered in all restorations. 1.0hrs

  • Reassembly - this is when the white gloves come out. Reassembly is a joyful process but rarely a simple one. Nothing goes together perfect and often small and unforeseen adjustments must be made during this crucial step. A single scratch here could mean an entire paint job must be redone. 4.0hrs

  • Packaging - There's little point in completing all of the prior steps if we don't package the fan in such a way that it reaches you without any damage! This process takes about one hour and uses a variety of materials. 1.0hrs

  • Shipping - We only ship via Fedex Ground within the US. there is simply no other way to ensure that the job is done right. 0.25hrs

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