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Post# 412203   7/29/2019 at 22:39 (340 days old) by Hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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We nabbed this 515.

Came with all the original attachments and everything in flawless condition. All it needed - and still needs is the correct bag. Figured why not have some fun with the tan open top bag that was laying around.

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Post# 412205 , Reply# 1   7/29/2019 at 22:47 (340 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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That bag is far from tan it's red.

Post# 412207 , Reply# 2   7/29/2019 at 23:11 (340 days old) by Gabowenjr (tampa fl)        

Glad you got that gem, wasn't it for sale in Jacksonville?

Post# 412217 , Reply# 3   7/30/2019 at 08:37 (340 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Kirby looks Great!!

Your home could be used to film a new Diesel Jeans commercial.(The original had a biker tracking in dirt and then vintage vacs appearing from everywhere to clean up.)

Post# 412228 , Reply# 4   7/30/2019 at 16:51 (339 days old) by Hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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Les: I used some rit dye. It came out pretty good I think.

Gary: yes! It sure was in Jacksonville. Really nice lady sold it. She used it to vacuum her perfectly white carpet that was in her garage, lol. She had a G4 for inside the house.

Jimmy: Iíve never seen that commercial, but now Iím going to have to look for it. Thanks!

Post# 412230 , Reply# 5   7/30/2019 at 18:54 (339 days old) by Gabowenjr (tampa fl)        

You did a great job restoring it and it looks alot nicer now than the pictures.

Post# 412236 , Reply# 6   7/30/2019 at 23:36 (339 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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that bag looks superb!!!! forget the oringal bag(unless you happen upon one), your dying job looks superb!!!! it pops with that red!!!!! well done sir!

Post# 412281 , Reply# 7   8/2/2019 at 08:17 (337 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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Would you care to share which chemicals ( or coloring kit) that you used ? Iíd like to replicate your efforts in red, on some 500 series machines with that same bag.

Post# 412299 , Reply# 8   8/2/2019 at 15:50 (336 days old) by Hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        
Dye color

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Sure thing!

I just used Rit liquid dye. Cherry red- the entire bottle. I used a sirocco (spelling?) tan bag and voila!

Iím glad you like it! It came out better than I was thinking it would and may actually do the same for another machine!

Post# 412308 , Reply# 9   8/2/2019 at 18:48 (336 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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That's fantastic about how you turned that bag from tan to red!

I actually remember seeing a model 560 or 561 once with a tan bag similarly dyed red by the vacuum center that rebuilt it.


Post# 412312 , Reply# 10   8/2/2019 at 20:51 (336 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

That really looks great. Did you have to bleach the bag before dying it red or just dye right over the original color? Or does that even effect the shade?

Post# 412341 , Reply# 11   8/3/2019 at 15:21 (335 days old) by Hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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No bleaching, just a good wash to make sure it was nice and clean. Throw it right in the dye mixture and I let it set for about 20 minutes. Ring it all out and dry it.

Post# 412346 , Reply# 12   8/3/2019 at 16:53 (335 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Thanks Chris,

for responding and wow, you've got a great collection of vacuums!

Post# 412355 , Reply# 13   8/3/2019 at 22:41 (335 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I'm not in love with tan sanitronic bags. I'm also not a huge fan of screen printed after 1952. This looks much sweeter than original bag.

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