Post by Urbanchainsawer on Feb 14, 2009 0:10:39 GMT -5
OK guys, I have been experimenting with some of Joes bar stencils and this is what I came up with. The top bar is a 21" C series bar that was painted gray when I acquired it. I left it gray because the previous owner did a good job. The stencil required some taping and detailing and was basically used for the lettering. The bottom bar was from my XL 103. It is a very strange, original Homelite bar, in that it is long and very skinny. I sanded the bar down to make it look new and copied the original design. I can attest to Joes stencils being top notch. With a little creativity and patience, your bars can look like new to match your restored saw.
Post by Urbanchainsawer on Feb 14, 2009 0:25:11 GMT -5
I thought that I would give somes tips that helped my success with restoring these bars. As with all painting, prep work is the most important step. Cleaning the bar thoroughly and removing the oil and grease is pertinent. I used Duplicolor engine enamel that can be purchased at all of the big auto parts stores. After I centered the stencil and taped off the the detailed outline, I sprayed a couple of light coats, one right after the other. It is probably best that you do not put it on thick. This paint dries quickly, so I removed the stencils within seconds after it was sprayed. If you wait too long, some of the paint may come up with the stencil. Next, you have to remove the little pieces in the middle of letters like "p" and "a". After that, I put a generous coat of clear engine enamel over the whole bar within minutes of peeling off the stencils. Somebody else may have other ideas. I ruined only one stencil to come up with this technique. Give it a try!