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Auntie Ev

Vintage Noma reverse painted Santa

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Hi Folks!

I'm new here, and hoping that someone will have a few good ideas. I recently purchased a NOMA illuminated reverse-painted Santa, 31' tall, made in the 1950s. I'm assuming it was repainted at some point. Whoever did it had a good sense for his colours and the Santa looks like he has been well-cared for in all other ways. But there is some red overspray that shows through the areas of his white trim. I find it a bit distracting. I was wondering if I could touch up the areas of white, cover up the red, so it doesn't show through. But I have no idea what kind of paint was used. 

I have read that certain kinds of  paint can't be mixed, like oil and acrylic, and I'm nervous that if I mess it up, I won't be able to fix him, & I'll be in a worse position than before. I'm wondering if anyone has encountered a similar issue before & how they fixed it, if they did. I'm assuming that Rustoleum would be safe, as long as it is applied thinly, sparingly, and given plenty of time to cure. But - I have also read that it can wrinkle, bubble, and I would hate to wreck him. I've included two photos, one of Santa unlit and one lit. You can see the 'red line' on the trim of his coat. Thoughts and feedback welcome.  Thanks!

 

 

 

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