Friday, April 12, 2013

Painting a C&P Old Style Press

Many Chandler & Price Old Style presses had very elaborate decorations such as pinstripes and flowers on various parts. The Old Styles were made from 1884 up to 1914. After Chandler & Price Company shifted over to the New Style, all the beautiful decoration went away. I assume they thought it looked more business-like and professional. By 1914-1915, they were selling more than a thousand a year, a thriving business. Chandler & Price went on to be one of the largest manufactures of platen presses, the last presses being made in 1964.

As an example of the decoration, I included five photos from my circa 1901 press. I originally chose this one because of the stripes and flowers.
Flower pattern on each side of bed.
Close up of flower pattern.

When I begin restoration my intent was to redo all the striping with Sign Painters Gold. I did the throw off lever and linkage, rocker arms and back plate. I started to do the flywheel but decided against it when it proved too difficult to duplicate in terms of line quality and matching the gold. The new paint, Sign Painters Gold has flecks in it but the original does not.

More decoration on side arm
Another decision was to try for the look of the original black. The press was originally first painted with an ultramarine blue primer then an overall coat of black over the primer. You can see part of the blue on the side arm where I have cleaned off most of the dirt. I ended up only painting the parts without pen striping and touching up black around the striping. The entire painted area was finally coated with a Satin Gloss to protect the paint and restore the original look.

Below you can see the double stripes on the flywheel. Another C&P OS made in 1905 can be seen at this link. It is beautifully preserved. On the flywheel, the original painter put a single stroke on each spoke. Bungalow 36 did a wonderful job of restoration. They even redid much of the striping using the traditional fine pinstripe brush that gives a consistent, even, thin line in the hand of the right artist.

Double stripes on each wheel spoke.

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