i blasted mine first cos they were painted then bead but they still looked rough. some will polish easier than others depends how old they are. i think the older and the more heat they have had the harder they get. these thing got hot enough to fry an egg on. no wonder theatres burned downdo they look ok sand blasted and bead blasted
The light looks great and I do like the tripod.I just thought i'd show my theatre lamp that i polished and mounted on a tripod. I bought two of these in a very poor state and made a good one out of the pair. it took me ages to polish it looks like aluminium but i think there is a lot of zinc in it and with the heat over the years the metal whatever it is has gone as hard as hell. started off with 80 grit on the DA sander i also made some brass bits and bobs. it sits in the corner of my living room working on a timer. just thought you might like to see it and share yoursView attachment 137408
I liberated this a while ago from an old cinema about to be converted into "luxury apartments"
It's an old arc light. I want to put one of those filament LED lamps into it between where the electrodes go.