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trunkman's loves71 of 4166Romadka Trunk (Western Star) circa 1886 refinished Martin Maier Tin Trunk in NZ
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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Well I found this in Missouri. It is very large. I thought this would be fun, it is, but NOT so easy lol. Can some tell me how old is it? Also I started stripping it, is that a normal color wood? Black? Any advice would be welcomed!

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    1. greendog greendog, 2 years ago
      Early 1900's, trunk is a tin covered flat top, had leather straps at one time, paint stripping is a pain and messy, which is why I don't buy many painted trunks, just keep at it, takes time looking good so far.
    2. hawkinsk, 2 years ago
      So the whole thing is tin? I wAs thinking it was wood and tin. What's the best thing to use to clean that tin up and shine?
    3. greendog greendog, 2 years ago
      Getting the paint off the metal parts isn't that hard, getting it out of the wood slats is, when I have done painted trunks, I've used steel or brass bristle brushes to get it out of the wood and around the cracks between the wood and metal, I also use a hand drill with an abrasive nylon wheel, again its a very time consuming and messy process, I don't bother with painted trunks that have little curb appeal to me because of the time it takes, if its a high end trunk that has been painted, I use a soda blaster to remove paint.
    4. EJW-54 EJW-54, 1 year ago
      Looks like the one I stripped paint off, check my posts if you want to see it.
    5. FatBoy64, 1 year ago
      Nice trunk but you picked a tough one to start with. Greendog is right, stripping paint sucks.

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