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Forum topic by SMP posted 01-20-2020 07:05 PM 691 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2020 07:05 PM

I have a couple old Miller Falls eggbeaters. I used gloss black enamel for the black parts which is good enough. For the red, i used Rustoleum painters touch in a gloss “Apple Red”, and its way too orange compared to the original finish thats left. The problem is the paint doesn’t match the cap. I went to the Borga and wally world and there are about 10-15 different reds, some seem too orange and some seem to burgundy. I don’t want to spend $40 on trying different colors so hopefully someone has found one thats “close enough”?

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-20-2020 09:53 PM

I tried a couple of different ones some time back and settled on Duplicolor Red Engine Enamel. Get it at auto parts stores.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 01-20-2020 10:45 PM



I tried a couple of different ones some time back and settled on Duplicolor Red Engine Enamel. Get it at auto parts stores.

- HokieKen

Awesome thanks thats perfect! I think thats the same model as one of the drills too. Thanks!

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#3 posted 01-21-2020 12:23 AM

Very nice looking drill Kenny.
I have a Fulton that’s very similar I wonder if it was made by miller falls.
As far as I know mine has the original paint.
Not many know how precision hand drills can be .

Good Luck SMP

-- Aj

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#4 posted 01-21-2020 01:04 AM

I’d also like to say thanks Ken. I just hope I can make mine look as good as yours.

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#5 posted 01-21-2020 01:17 AM

I used the Duplicolor that is a pen/brush..used to repair scratches in a cars paint….
NG FM 306 Cardinal Red….even matches the red on their lever caps…

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Fix 2in1

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#6 posted 01-21-2020 02:19 AM

Went to Autozone, looks like they are phasing out duplicolor and replacing with VHT? The shelves were all a mess with stuff on clearance and things in wrong spaces etc. I’ll try and stop by Pep Boys on the way home this week.

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#7 posted 01-21-2020 05:26 AM

Bought mine at WalMart….

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#8 posted 01-21-2020 02:00 PM

Eggbeaters are fun restores and like most tools, I’m partial to Millers Falls :-) They’re also handy to use. I use mine often for drilling small pilot holes for screws in wood or with a small countersink bit to sink the heads to just the right depth. I have some of the original drill “points” with my eggbeaters but honestly I prefer modern twist bits.

I wouldn’t sweat the exact color too much. I’ve looked at, and owned, lots of MF tools that had red on them in at least some places and the reds weren’t the same throughout the company’s history. Or even among planes of the same vintage in my experience. Or maybe it was all the same new and just aged differently? Not sure but an exact color match to the tool you have now may not be such a good match to the next one. I just picked a paint that I liked the best and went with it so that all of MY Millers Falls tools match.

I picked the Duplicolor because I like the color and because the engine enamel is a good, tough paint that’s fairly easy to apply. Do take care to follow the times between coats in the directions though or you may have some issues.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 01-21-2020 02:02 PM

Here is the one I use on Amazon. I hope it’s just Autozone that’s phasing it out and that it’s not being discontinued…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 01-21-2020 04:45 PM

Thanks, looks like Pep Boys has a big online sale, so its only $5ish dollars and I can pick up in store and still get the deal if i prepay online.

Oh and here are some “before” pictures of the one I just got. It actually had most of the original paint, but this grease is so thick and coagulated i had to use a couple cleanings with simple green to get the grease to break down and it ate the paint too. So here is before i started cleanup:

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#11 posted 02-08-2020 11:36 PM

Ken has come up with a VERY good match. (As he does very often here) Sometimes, you can find a very similar color called “Radiant Red”, that is also very good.

-- OleGrump

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#12 posted 02-09-2020 12:40 AM

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#13 posted 02-09-2020 02:27 AM

What’s the one in the front of the first pic Bandit? I’ve never seen one with that kind of pattern for the gear. That’s cool!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 02-09-2020 02:57 AM

I THINK it is a No. 55 Pilot? Been a while…

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#15 posted 02-09-2020 01:57 PM

I just picked up a Millers Falls egg beater drill. Are there any good resources for restoring these (guides, videos, best practices, etc.)?

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