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Sight Glass realism - an experiment #682902
Mon Mar 20 2017 04:32 PM
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I'm restoring my first pump and didn't like the look of an empty sight glass. Filling it with some kind of colored fluid was just too much of a problem.

Amazon sells something they call glass paint, so I bought some and painted the inside of the sight glass.

The pictures below show the original sight glass and after being painted. Looks a lot more real to me!

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Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682903
Mon Mar 20 2017 04:53 PM
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I think you're onto something there! I like it!


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Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682910
Mon Mar 20 2017 06:25 PM
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Cool

Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682913
Mon Mar 20 2017 07:22 PM
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That definitely looks better than empty. I know gasoline colors varied widely back then. Did you pick red to match your pump's blend?


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Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682916
Mon Mar 20 2017 08:04 PM
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Red was the only color I could remember seeing in the old sight glasses. The glass paint is available in many colors though. Green, blue (for the Sunoco fans), orange and others. I guess you could mix them and get whatever you want. ;o)

Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682917
Mon Mar 20 2017 08:19 PM
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Are you just painting the spinner ? Glass doesn't look painted

Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682948
Tue Mar 21 2017 07:22 PM
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No, the spinner is the original color - white. The inside of the sight glass was painted with a red transparent glass paint.

Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682954
Tue Mar 21 2017 09:43 PM
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I've found 2 different Sharmeter pumps with colored stained glass in them, one green and the other red. This was located behind the ventilated window frame on an MA-37 cash computer. Makes me wonder if they would flash at night? Anyway, your idea is pretty cool. Good luck with the rest of the restoration.

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Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682960
Wed Mar 22 2017 05:05 AM
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Nice touch, I like it.

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Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: tbuckles] #682964
Wed Mar 22 2017 06:25 AM
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Much better!


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Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #682966
Wed Mar 22 2017 06:56 AM
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I don't know about realism, but I would certainly do this on any pump I was doing! It looks cool! And maybe also try to get a small light in there.
Thanks for sharing!!!


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Re: Sight Glass realism - an experiment [Re: schuh] #683207
Sun Mar 26 2017 01:03 AM
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I agree, very cool. I'll try it on the next resto I do too.


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