Vintage Hobart Stand Mixer Refinished
So I just completed the refinishing process for my Hobart C210 stand mixer and it looks great. I started by disassembling the unit as much as I could – carefully labling the fasteners in ziploc sandwich bags so that I’d be able to find them and identify where they needed to go easily when it came time to do the reassembly. Then I used the wire wheel on the angle grinder to strip the original paint and rust back to bare metal.
With a clean surface to work from I applied about a dozen thin coats of gloss black rust paint (Just the hardware store brand) from spray cans. While I have lots of gloss black rust paint AND the air powered sprayer to apply it the amount of work – and the frequency at which the thin coats needed to be applied meant that it would have been way more work (and probably money) to fool around with a system that fits much better with large application requirements rather than this tiny job.
I guess I should also note that I masked the maker tags, the oilers and the motor vents and the sliding surfaces before starting to paint. I applied several thin coats of paint at most twice per day until I had built up a nice solid paint layer – then after allowing the paint a few more days to harden I moved the components around so that I could paint the segments that were still needing painting.
It’s tempting to rush the job – either by putting on the paint too thickly (which risks the paint dripping) or by not allow the paint time to harden before moving a piece – which risks having the soft paint job marred. Either option is a false economy – take the time needed to do things right.
When the basecoat had dried I applied several very think coats of clear coat again from a spray can. The clear coat really increases the luster of the underlying gloss black paint making the mixer really stand out.
Then I stripped the masking off and reassembled the mixer. It looks great, and while I am a bit sad that I don’t have the original grey paint with pinstriping the black is much more to my taste – and this isn’t some antique that is there to just look good – I expect it to perform! To that end it’s first task was to whip up some egg whites for meringue. It did a great job.
As I whipped up the whites I was reminded of the first microwave our family got. It was purchased at one of those liquidation events in a local sportsplex events – you know the ones that are in town for one weekend only and sell motorcycle helmets, leather jackets, underwear and home appliances not only in the same venue and display them with no apparent logic. It was my father that purchased the microwave for my mother (along with a camera and a leather jacket for himself). My mother scoffed at the purchase – what would she do with a microwave that she wasn’t already doing with her stove? Her opinion was that it was both a silly and luxurious purchase. That quickly changed with use – and as a family we went through the convert stage where loads of things had to be made in the microwave – even when it had become clear that the oven or stove top really did yield a superior product. That ebbed with time – she is no longer trying to bake or make eggs in the microwave – but it has become a key appliance in her home as in nearly all other modern homes. The microwave lasted nearly 30 years – periodically getting the micro switches on the door latches replaced when they would fail. It was finally dismissed not so much due to an inability to perform and more because the decor had changed and a huge brown microwave no longer fitted where a smaller sleeker white unit available for less than a hundred dollars would. Given that longevity and utility I’d say my parents made a pretty good investment that day, come to think of it my father is still wearing that leather jacket – though the camera is completely obsolete (and not even old enough to be a classic).
I have a feeling that this stand mixer is going to end up fulfilling the role that first microwave took in my mother’s kitchen. While I’ve been content using a hand held mixer and danish whisk because that was what I had (and the danish whisk is such a great advancement over the wooden spoon I had previously employed) just beating the egg whites was a great introduction to how much I am going to enjoy this mixer.