Mica window thickness.

Mica window thickness.

PostBy: tmbrddl On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:54 pm

Hi folks. As part of my restoration process, I'm looking to replace the mica windows and am wondering how thick or how many layers you folks have used. One place sells it in a thickness that ranges from .003 to .006 of an inch. Seems awful thin. Single, double, triple layer or more?
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: franco b On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:03 pm

Single layer.
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:09 pm

How thick should it be?
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:11 pm

Single layer is all you should need, I've seen it stacked 2 or 3 layers on some old stoves but I don't think it gains you anything, 3/16 ceramic brakes with a drop of water hitting it and Mica brakes with a shovel hitting it (6 a one, half dozen of another)... new mica is pretty tough stuff (its rock remember)... a haphazard piece of burning coal rolling out against it wont do anything to harm it.
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: nortcan On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:46 pm

Yes as Dcrane and others just said, mica is much more strong than we think about it. So a single layer is good for many yrs.
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: tmbrddl On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:59 pm

Thanks for the help. While we're at it...stove black or spray paint and if I use paint, should I prime the stove first?
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: nortcan On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:46 pm

tmbrddl wrote:Thanks for the help. While we're at it...stove black or spray paint and if I use paint, should I prime the stove first?


Probably a personnal choice.
When I restored the Sunny, all parts were sand blasted to remove the rust. As you know, rust comes back very fast on bare cast iron. Stove black was too long so as soon as I got 5 or 6 sanded parts I immediatly painted them with a first coat, no primer. After I finished the painting job with a few more coats.
This winter I did a test on the paint. The look was like new after the first burning season but I just wanted to see the result: I took black polish and rub it on the black paint, before the heating season. Got a very nice finish on it and still nice after 5 non-stop months.
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: tmbrddl On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:10 pm

nortcan wrote:
tmbrddl wrote:Thanks for the help. While we're at it...stove black or spray paint and if I use paint, should I prime the stove first?


Probably a personnal choice.
When I restored the Sunny, all parts were sand blasted to remove the rust. As you know, rust comes back very fast on bare cast iron. Stove black was too long so as soon as I got 5 or 6 sanded parts I immediatly painted them with a first coat, no primer. After I finished the painting job with a few more coats.
This winter I did a test on the paint. The look was like new after the first burning season but I just wanted to see the result: I took black polish and rub it on the black paint, before the heating season. Got a very nice finish on it and still nice after 5 non-stop months.


That came out beautifully. Would you mind recommending a brand and type/color paint? I'm elbow deep in mine, picking away at it but it will be ready for next heating season. Very therapeutic.
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:23 am

tmbrddl wrote:Thanks for the help. While we're at it...stove black or spray paint and if I use paint, should I prime the stove first?



Thermalux is what some of the stove shops use. And, that's what Wilson used on my Glenwood #6.
http://stovepaint.com/

I've been using the Thermalux black and silver on antique auto exhaust systems for about six years now. No need of a primer. It adheres better, goes on thicker, and gives much better corrosion resistance than the autoparts store, high-temp exhaust paints, or the hardware store BBQ paints.

Just make sure the surfaces your painting are VERY clean. I only use it over freshly sandblasted, or beadblasted surfaces that are solvent washed just before painting.

Comes in rattle cans, or quarts/gallons.

Paul
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: dcrane On: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:42 am

@Nortcan... that stove is so friggin beautiful!

I agree Thermalux is a great quality stove paint that most modern manufactures use (stove bright would be the other used by most consumers).
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: nortcan On: Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:47 pm

dcrane wrote:@Nortcan... that stove is so friggin beautiful!

I agree Thermalux is a great quality stove paint that most modern manufactures use (stove bright would be the other used by most consumers).


thanks my friend.
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Re: Mica window thickness.

PostBy: nortcan On: Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:52 pm

Thurmalox is super and Stove Bright is an other good product.
As said before, if possible to get to bare metal and paint as soon as possible, you avoid the fast re-rusting to occur.
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