The vending machine restoration has begun! Today I decided to start working on the exterior cosmetics of the machine. I targeted the small dents and sanding projects.
I began be taking out the interior mechanism of the vending machine. There are really just a couple screws holding things in place, so this was elementary. I downloaded a schematic of all the parts of the machine for future use reassembling, and I also took lots of pictures on my phone of all the parts before I took everything apart.
After the inside guts were gone, it was time to try to tackle the two small dents that are on one of the side panels of the metal housing. I saw on YouTube that one tip to removing dents was to heat the metal with a hairdryer or heat gun to warm the metal first. I did this then hit the dents from the inside on a wood spacer to distribute the force of the hammer. Honestly, it did have some impact on the dents. I didn't get the dents out completely, but by feel I could feel a that the dents were lessoned. I can live with a few dents, it is a used machine after all.
After I finished with the dents, it was time to begin sanding. I made sure to get a mask on before I started. I had bought one along with a nice 3M sanding block that was about 100 grit. I started on the bottom to see how it would work, and it was great at roughing up the old paint and removing any corroded parts (which are not much at all). The sanding went great, and I got all the sanding done, inside and out, of the main exterior metal housing.
Next session I'll sand the top piece, which is also painted red at the moment. Then I will clean it all up with mineral spirits to prep it for painting. So what color is it going to be?
I really want to make it look like a vending machine for JackBear Stamps, so I'm going with my dominate color in my logo and branding, so it will be GREEN! I also plan on painting the text from my logo on the sides panels.
Stay tuned until next time!