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I'm going to start transitioning from ig to here.  So tired of that format, but for those that want to see more of my collection find me @theoldhabits    

Not a collector by any means, but I picked this up a little while back from an estate sale. Any idea where I could get more info about it? The back shows an address in Springfield, MA.    

I took this pick July 2001 and a little over a month later I posted it on here.   The first pic, hard to think that was 18years ago...  

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It's pretty hard to do with paper labels. You can wipe away a little bit of dirt and grime with a damp paper towel, but if you soak the paper, it will crinkle and look even worse. Wiping the paper with strong solvent is bad, because the printing ink seems to react very quickly.

 

Metal lithographed cans are pretty resilient, and you can remove a good bit of grease and dried paint before damaging the print. Rusto is the hardest to clean, while Krylon removes pretty readily with acetone or xylene. Most silver wipes off as quickly as a layer of dust with acetone. Sometimes I'd rather keep the overspray and leave the can as i found it.

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It's pretty hard to do with paper labels. You can wipe away a little bit of dirt and grime with a damp paper towel, but if you soak the paper, it will crinkle and look even worse. Wiping the paper with strong solvent is bad, because the printing ink seems to react very quickly.

 

Metal lithographed cans are pretty resilient, and you can remove a good bit of grease and dried paint before damaging the print. Rusto is the hardest to clean, while Krylon removes pretty readily with acetone or xylene. Most silver wipes off as quickly as a layer of dust with acetone. Sometimes I'd rather keep the overspray and leave the can as i found it.

 

yep,paper labels are pain in the ass lol,i did the same thing with them,towel and its done,i keep overspray which is not visible until you remove the cap,i keep it just to see the right color,since some cans don't matches with color on the cap + some dupli cans had color code and name under the cap so if you remove overspray you will remove the color name also. but once i had to remove paper label with color name which was on the cap,it used to look like a blank label which is burned from sun,i threw that cap in hot water and after 20 min i came to take it off and i was like "wtf!" color name stook there,it become visible i dont know how but label lost look of old paper which was yellow and now it was white with black letters which used to look like a fresh printed ones :lol: weird shit tho

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Talk to Jib25 about cleaning paper labels....way too much time on his hands but he gets the job done. He has some before and after shots of cans that are amazing....

 

where i can see that pics? its up on cmc? if yes please link it

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That sounds great. Glad someone is taking the time to learn how to be a conservator for spray cans. Way too many folks wasting their time restoring old paintings. Seriously though, I'd be curious about how he keeps the paper intact.

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