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Vintage Poloron Plaid “Pelican” and “Tartan” Coolers

Vintage Poloron Plaid “Pelican” and “Tartan” Coolers

With the purchase of our 59′ Willys Wagon we are trying to find some cool items to stage with it when we go to car shows. I love the plaid yellow and brown reptile skin graphic. Since the Willys is going to be a Tiki Wagon these will be great!

I was really lucky to find these all together as a set. I came across them driving by a yard sale on the way home from a doctors appointment! Overall they are in very good condition. I was surprised at how large the Poloron Tartan Toter is.

The large Tartan Toter and Tartan jug with spout are a part of the same series made by Poloron.

This large Poloron Pelican Cooler has the same yellow plaid but does not share the Tartan name. I am not sure why they are not all Tartan but I am sure Poloron had their reasons. Poloron made soo many cool pieces you will be torn when choosing a set. As you can see there are so many cool kinds…

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Vintage Poloron 17” Santa Head Blowmold Restoration (Part 1)

Vintage Poloron 17” Santa Head Blowmold Restoration (Part 1)

Mel and I have been getting really into holiday blowmolds. With the addition of our daughter Autumn Rose (now a year and a half!!!) we want to make the holidays extra special for her. Even to this day I remember when Halloween was near because when I would come home from school my mom would hang diecut Halloween figures in the windows. I remember how excited I would get.

After searching around on the internet it became clear that the best way to strip these blowmolds is to use oven cleaner not stripper. I used Easy-Off oven cleaner and it worked like a charm!


Once you spray the blowmold thoroughly let it sit and work. I checked it at about 45 minuets and I was surprised how much paint had been removed.


So obviously the oven cleaner removed 90% of the paint except these stubborn areas. I sprayed the piece again and let it sit for 20 more minuets but this time I used plastic bristle brushes to agitate the cleaner in those areas and it removed the rest of the paint. Don’t use metal bristle brushes because it could mar the surface of the mold.

So here is the result of all the oven cleaner and a little elbow grease. The pupils were black and they stained the mold. No big deal gonna be black again anyways. Once the mold is stripped you need to give it a ammonia bath to strip any oils, dirt or residue. I decided to start small to better understand the process. I recommend you start small before you take on a 5’ santa. Keep an eye out for part 2 where we start the painting process.

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