Semi-quick fixes for dilapidated objects
July 5, 2012 5:00 AM Subscribe
Will you share your best fixing-smaller-things-up hacks?
'I buffed it with gasoline and you'd never know there'd been water damage.' 'Did you know you can use a regular iron on them? Good as new.' 'Hardware stores sell them for 17c and that's all it takes to make a working switch.'
posted by kmennie to sports, hobbies, & recreation (24 answers total) 120 users marked this as a favorite
I am a small-time junk dealer (which I find very enjoyable) and I like to send stuff back out into the world looking a bit better than how I found it. I am very good at restoring a few things, not so much with others...
I would enjoy hearing your quick DIY improvements for virtually anything you might buy in a "curiousities"-type shop. Sometimes I can take stuff from being garbage to being a saleable item, and of course I want more of that. Mostly I just want to sell a nice, non-disappointing grade of
vintage collectible junk.
(I am not an an antiques dealer; the sorts of things I spiff up are not...nobody is going to think I have ruined the finish etc etc)
Perhaps you are a doll enthusiast and have a great way to get stains off dolly vinyl. Or you collect old teacups and fix the flaws via magical product X. You know of a first-rate blog post that shows how to fix a lamp's switch using paperclips and an old toothbrush handle. Mixing peroxide and olive oil makes a salve which will restore any wood. Anything, and thank you for it.