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Refinishing a pie safe


(2001)

Q. My daughter is refinishing an old pie safe for her 4-H project. How should we refinish the punched out metal pieces on the doors?

Mark Sproles
- Larwill, Indiana


similarly (2002)

Q. I saw your question on the web re: finishing a pie safe. I just bought a very early pie safe that is falling apart. All the parts are still on but need help, especially the tins. Did you get any helpful responses last year?

Thanks,

Carolyn peart
- Ashland, Virginia


(2004)

Q. Last week I purchased an antique pie safe at an estate auction. My question is: How do I "refresh " or "clean" the tin panels in this pie safe? There are a few splotches of paint on several of these panels.

Thanks so much in advance.

Jacki McGlamory
homeowner - Kernersville, North Carolina


(2004)

A. A plating jobshop could do tin plating on these for you. Short of that, you can probably strip the paint off with paint thinner without damaging the tin; and with a buffing wheel for your battery-operated drill and soft buffing compound you can probably get it halfway shiny. It is quite inexpensive to get replacement "Pie safe" Tin [linked by editor to product info at Amazon].

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Where to buy Tin Inserts for Pie safe?

(2002)

Q. I have an old pie safe with apparently tin inset pieces in the door. They look fairly beat up, and perhaps rusty. Any suggestions on refinishing or replacing when I refinish the pie safe?

Thanks,

Jo Dyroff
- St. Louis, Missouri


Punchable tin for Pie safe?

(2005)

Q. I'm making a pie safe and want to make the tins look old so far everything I've tried, like putting the tin in bleach to vinegar, hasn't worked. Can some one help Is there a paint? Or is there some other way besides buying old tin. Need help

Paul Urban
Hobbyist - Cheraw, South Carolina


(2005)

A. I think you need to start with real tinplate, Paul. Some people will call galvanized sheet metal 'tin', but tin is a different element than the zinc on galvanized steel. You can buy "Pie safe" Tin [linked by editor to product info at Amazon]. letter 18650 gives formulations for darkening tin. Letter 6383 suggests commercial 'patina solutions'. Good luck with the project.

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(2005)

A. If the inserts are too beaten up, there is pie safe tin you can order online for about $8.

Deborah Hulen
- Sugar Land, Texas



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Pressed tin for meat safe

(2006)

Q. I am chasing a company that sells the old fashioned pressed tin that was used in meat safes for flyscreens. I believe it is tin with the holes pressed or punched into it.

Jenni Marns
Hobbyist - Perth, WA, Australia


A. Hi, Jenni. I believe you can find several sources by googling for "pie safe tin" , Jenni. Good luck.

Regards,

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Pine Beach, New Jersey



February 8, 2008

Q. I would like to know the best way to finish the tin panels on my pie safe. It was punched from the inside out, so the sharp points are on the outside.

Irene Eades
hobbyist - New Berlin, Illinois


September 2009

A. Hi, Irene. Have you considered taking the tins out and turning them inside out? Sanding them will probably remove the tin plating from the steel sheet metal and they will likely rust unless it's cool and dry inside your home year 'round.. Good luck.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
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Pine Beach, New Jersey


February 22, 2012

A. Hi,

I read your question and was wanting to tell you that I sell tin inserts on my website. We ship to all of Canada and the US.

Shelley Lee Garnhum
Laurentian Country Store - St. Adolphe D'Howard, Quebec, Canada



November 27, 2017

Q. Please help. I have a very old pie safe with punched tin panels on the doors. There was some areas that were not aged. I am not sure if someone had tried to clean. I would love to get all panels somewhat consistent. I have tried using some muriatic acid on one panel and even though it did patina the bright areas, it cleaned the patina so it is not as dark and beautiful as it was. What can I do? Really want it to look original. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Patti Ann Van Zant
- Richmond, Indiana USA


Black Patina for Pewter

November 2017

A. Hi Patti. I think the easiest way to get an even patina at this point would be to apply a tin blackening patina. If it's then too dark for you, I think you can use steel wool to lighten it.

Regards,

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