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Selena Tilly

Poloron 60" Santa Motor Parts

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Hey Guys,

Just got this Santa and have almost finished repainting and restoring him. Still got to finish repainting his upper torso and arms, but have finished the bottom and lantern. I am looking for the pieces that connect the motor to the torso to make him rotate. Took the motor apart and redid it so it now works like new, all the brackets are inside the torso. Just need the rest. Any help would be great!!!!!!! :Dpost-16911-0-30269500-1350448755_thumb.jpost-16911-0-94471500-1350448267_thumb.j

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Thank you so much! Its been a labor of love. I saw him last year on my neighbors porch and he was almost all white due to fading from the sun. I will post more when he is finished.:)

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Yes, that is an awesome job you did! That is one of the neatest blowmolds they made in my opinion.

I Agree........ This is my most Favorite Santa Blow Mold out there......The facial features, the way he's posed and just all the extra details that went into him makes him awesome.....I'm so glad he was saved and restored with such love................ Great job Selena!!!!!

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The repaint looks fantastic! What parts exactly are you missing, maybe you can fabricate something similar?

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sorry i'm no help either, but just wanted to add/agree with the rest, ur paint job looks fantastic!! -did u spray paint all those details? -its very impressive!! :)

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Thanks! I Used an auto paint sprayer for the big areas, airbrush for all of the small stuff, and then put in details and lines in with a thin, small brush. The airbruh is my best friend in doing these. :cool:

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Excellent Santa restoration. I think you will need to create that part yourself as those pieces are hard to come by. Can you post a motor pic? That May help the brainstorm process.

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This is a shot of the motor and brackets used to rotate the Santa. I am missing the saddle that slides over the pole that the torso bracket sits in, the wheel and shaft that fits in the square drive gear of the motor and the connecting plate between the saddle and the wheel. The first two pictures are of my motor and bracket. The last is a picture of a complete motor set up so you can see what is missing. A friend of mine is a sheet metal craftsman and he is going to try to replicate the pieces. Since it is sometimes common not find these pieces still with the Santa, he will make some and sell them if anyone needs a set, if what he makes for me works out. Will let everyone know when he is done.post-16911-0-04818900-1350634170_thumb.jpost-16911-0-46047800-1350634206_thumb.jpost-16911-0-13897600-1350635030_thumb.j

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What kind of paint did you use? I have some I want to airbrush but I just don't know what paint to buy and this resto looks better than new :-)

Oh Yeah!!! The lamp santa is holding... I have the same lamp post and repainted it the same colors you have there. At the time I restored it I used paint from cans that you would use to paint models with.

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Thanks everyone! For the regular colors (reds, greens, browns, etc) I use a paint that is made for the hard plastic surfaces on cars. It works great, adheres better to the plastic blow molds, and last longer. You have to use a prep solution before the paint but its worth it. I get it in quarts at the auto body supply store in my area. For the gold and silver I use an Ace Hardware brand metallic paint. To paint the big areas I use a DeVilbiss gravity feed auto body spray gun. After I finish with the painting, then I clear coat the whole thing using a regular suction feed auto spray gun. All my details I do with regular and pinstripe brushes. As long as you are able to remove the old paint you should have a very smooth look without any dark spots when you light it up. With the air brush you can get great details in small areas, but need the brushes to create the clean lines between colors and parts on the blow mold. Sometimes you can buy sample color jars if you only need a small amount, but since I have been repainting and restoring so many blow molds for our display, the quarts are cheaper for me. I am not an expert by no means and this may not be the best way, but it seams to work good for me. Hope this helps and thank you guys so much for the nice comments! It's a lot of work but I love it!!! :D

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Your Welcome and thank you for the tips. I have tried different methods and since this Santa looks so awesome I had to ask. :)

Thank you again!!!

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