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New and improved Air Way Dust indicator
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Post# 414747   10/8/2019 at 17:41 (613 days old) by DaveVac (Westlake, Ohio)        

My project is complete. I made a brand new dust indicator and I have to say I'm very
pleased with the results. I had purchased a donor AirWay just for the unbroken
indicator. The donor is nice and runs perfectly so I was still in need of an
indicator. Picture #1 are the broken pieces from my original vacuum. Picture #2
is the basic art work my wife put together by taking my picture of an indicator and enhancing it quite a bit. We added the background color but ended up making it clear. Picture #3 shows the original retaining ring on the right and the smaller
12 gauge ring I made to fit the dome shaped glass I purchased. Picture #4 shows the indicator fixture after I cleaned it up by very lightly sandblasting it and following up with steel wool. Picture #5 shows the finished glass insert. I transferred the decal to the back of the glass and sprayed it with translucent glass paint. Picture #5 is the entire unit ready to be installed on the vacuum.
The glass can be purchased from and is item # 70-703-13. It's a perfect fit. The paint is Krylon canary yellow for stained glass and Krylon lemon sea glass. I used both to achieve the desired color.
If you would like a decal, email me and I'll send one out. If enough people are
interested, I have enough supplies, except for the glass, to make about 20 more.
I would only charge my cost.
If I were greedy, I'd put them on eBay for $ 50.

I wish Airway would have made it out of glass in the first place.....


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Post# 414751 , Reply# 1   10/8/2019 at 18:02 (613 days old) by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Wow! That is incredible! I hope you make a how-to guide for future generations to follow, this is some very nice work here!

Post# 414756 , Reply# 2   10/8/2019 at 20:44 (613 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Neat, so the glass is actually glass? That's cool. I like how you colored it yellow to make it look aged.

Post# 414767 , Reply# 3   10/9/2019 at 08:06 (613 days old) by DaveVac (Westlake, Ohio)        

The art work was the hardest part..we had to take a picture of my good indicator
and enhance it a bit...darken the lettering by tracing with a computer "pencil"
and changing the colors to match the actual one.
We experimented with 3 different types of glass paint.
After the art work was done, it was quite's just a decal.
The glass is actually a clock face cover.

Post# 419232 , Reply# 4   1/28/2020 at 09:45 (501 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        
very cool

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well done, I might need one after I attempt to restore mine

Post# 419235 , Reply# 5   1/28/2020 at 10:51 (501 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Post# 419272 , Reply# 6   1/29/2020 at 08:18 (501 days old) by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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Amazing! I need one of those!

Post# 419283 , Reply# 7   1/29/2020 at 18:38 (500 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Refabrication probably better than original.
Very creative and impressive.

Post# 442018 , Reply# 8   5/20/2021 at 09:53 by Vacmadman (Pueblo Co.)        

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That looks fantastic well done indeed.

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