Thread Number: 35885  /  Tag: 80s/90s Vacuum Cleaners
My 2nd refurbished Eureka 3712B canister
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Post# 384981   1/28/2018 at 14:08 (293 days old) by Vac_Master_G (West Springfield, MA)        

My 2nd refurbished Eureka 3712B canister that I bought from someone on an online auction site. The outside was in excellent condition for a vacuum of its age. However, the inside was rust covered; but it had all of the original attachments. In another thread, I was trying to find out the interior color, no replies. So I just grabbed one of the parts and visited a local hardware store and found the color match that was very close - Charcoal gray.
Used a 'fine' wire wheel, removed rust to bare metal, about 2.25 hours, used filler primer and enamel paint.

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Post# 385009 , Reply# 1   1/28/2018 at 22:12 (293 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
Nice work!

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I love those old Eureka canisters for their simplicity and power. I have a couple that I've restored. Great work!

Post# 385026 , Reply# 2   1/29/2018 at 07:25 (293 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Nice save of a sweet old machine, they were nice

Post# 385041 , Reply# 3   1/29/2018 at 14:42 (292 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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Excellent work! I'm sure you are pleased with the way the parts are turning out.

Not that long ago, I was doing pretty much the same thing to a Hoover Convertible brush roll. Remove all old paint with a wire wheel, then primed and painted it.

However, a thought occurred to me after doing this: How common was lead paint on vacuums? Was the brush roll likely painted with lead paint? If so, maybe I shouldn't have gone at it with the wire wheel...

The brush roll originally had black paint and came out of the plastic base Convertible on the right.

Anybody know?

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Post# 385054 , Reply# 4   1/29/2018 at 22:53 (292 days old) by Vac_Master_G (West Springfield, MA)        
Vacuum lead paint

broomvac, the lead paint thought crossed my mind as well before I started and I used a Dual Cartridge Respirator

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