A little fun
Found this tape dispenser at work in a dusty box. It’s old, made of metal and weighs a ton. It doesn’t slide all over the table like the stuff we have today. It comes from an era when taping stuff was far more of a daily task, and consumers demanded a more satisfying taping experience! A more elegant adhesive device for a more civilized age.
Something about it endeared itself to me. There’s a warehouse in the back of my office space so I decided to make this a little lunchtime project.
First, I cleaned it up. This tape dispenser has obviously seen some action. Oh if it could speak. What stories could it tell!
Next, I sanded off the original paint. First with 80 grit, then 120, then 320. With such a small thing, it made for quick work.
I looked up this particular model. It was made by 3M back in the 1950s! 3M was originally known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.
Then I hit it with the buffing wheel and some jeweler’s rouge. The metal was surprisingly soft and workable. It was so shiny after buffing, my cell phone had trouble focusing.
Next I hit it with a coat of primer. I went to the local Michael’s and picked up some model paint. Probably a dumb move – model paint is ridiculously over-priced. But anyway, then I shot it with a coat of gold.
Next I masked off some of the gold with scrap-booking tape. Then I shot it with many coats of metallic red. The glitter doesn’t really show in the photos, and looks like imperfections, but it’s super shiny and rad. I decided to go with an EM/Woodrail cabinet art kind of theme. My masking technique leaves a bit to be desired, but not bad for a first effort.
Then I hit it with a few clear coats. After a few days, the clear coat was set up so I wet-sanded with 1500 grit to take out some of the orange peel. Then I polished out the wet sand with some Meguir’s auto swirl remover. Then I put on a coat of wax.
Voila! Nice and shiny!
Now I can tape stuff like a KING. I’m the envy of, well, no one. But like a KING!