has two Baby Blake marine
toilets in need of an upgrade. I´ve bought two service
kits, so all the bits and pieces needed to make them leak free are already on board. Now, prior to disassembly, I´m wondering which finish to give the pumps? At the moment the white paint
is partly pealed off, so sadly they are quite far from the appearance they deserve.
My initial thought was to sand blast all brass parts
, degrease, prime and spray- paint
them glossy white, to mimic the original finish. Then I realized this might not be the ideal solution, given the constant exposure to salt water
. Then I contemplated using hammerrite, or having them powder coated or chromed, or even cleaned and polishing to bare exposed brass and basically leaving them unprotected.. On second thought, I guess the latter alternative would look stunning for a very short time, and then start to demand frequent cleaning
and polishing to maintain the appearance, so I´ll probably won´t go that route
. Green brass isn’t too appealing.. How about applying clear varnish
or possibly paint the bare brass with some runny two- component epoxy
? I´ve heard the epoxy
used for laminating carbon fiber is really runny, hence easy to apply with a paint brush, but have no idea how shiny the surface would look a day, a month or a few year after applying.. Would a more flexible clear varnish
be a superior option to the hard rigid epoxy? Would varnish start flaking off rather quickly?
Aesthetically, both white, chrome and brass would be ok. The bulkheads next to both toilets are warm and rather dark mahogany, so I could easily live with the brass finish.. White looks very good too! I have to admit I´m quite fond of the original finish. However, I´m sure I could get used to chrome as well. After all, the most important aspect is to choose the finish and product that will give them a clean and presentable appearance for a long time. I really don’t care for nasty looking toilets..
If your verdict should be to have them chromed, I´m wondering how chrome on the inside of the pumps would affect the performance? I´m going to hone the insides of the pumps, in order to make the surfaces as frictionless as possible. I guess chrome on the inside would be way to hard to remove by honing, but I might take the pumps to an auto- shop that specializes in cylinder boring..
Would it be a good idea to apply a layer of said epoxy on the inside of the pumps to seal and make the surfaces as smooth as possible? Am I overthinking this, or is this a good idea?
To sum it up:
Which finish and which product will make them look ship shape for as long as possible? What to do with the insides of the pumps in order to pump
both in and out as effortlessly as possible?
Thank you for reading. Looking forward to your qualified feedback. Much appreciated!
PS: I really love these old school
Blake toilets. Replacing them with something new and fancy is not an option.