in regards to TOS era Saurian Brandy bottle replicas, I recently acquired one of the quarter-gallon light amber bottles and have been trying to get info together to make my replica as accurate as possible. I found some discussion here and there on TFW and TPZ (and rpf and others…) where there’s a lot of disjointed info, but nothing definitive in one place, so I thought I’d try and consolidate everything in one thread.
My first step was to get the bottle prepped for the transformation, so I soaked all the labels as well as possible with a sponge in the hope that they’d saturate and come loose on their own. Unfortunately, the only label that really worked well on is the liquor control label that ran up the neck and onto the wooden cap. That came off pretty clean. The other labels, being ~50 years old and stuck to glass, came off better with some careful scraping with a blade.
I cleaned the outer bottle and leather with a mild soap and water solution and dried it immediately, I partially filled the inside with a solution of blue Dawn and hot water, shook it for a bit, then rinsed with room temp water and a bit of white vinegar to disinfect and remove soap residue. Then let the whole thing dry upside down for a couple of days while I researched paint.
I found some discussion at tpz about a Dunn Edwards shade called “Macao Orange”, and that search led me back here, to the Paint Codes thread. There was some discussion between DigiGal and others, so I reached out to her and she shared a pic of the Benjamin Moore equivalent, which she has since shared in the Paint Codes thread as well.
It looked like a pretty solid match to the screen grabs I had been collecting, so I ordered up a quart in eggshell at my local dealer.
I used a fairly fine brush and applied evenly over a course of days. I wound up doing three coats before I was satisfied with the look. I painted everything that wasn’t glass, brass, steel, or cork. That included the rawhide tether.
That Extra Vertical Stripe
Then there was the question of what that added, painted vertical stripe on the glass was made of, the one that covers the large, raised George Dickel text. I pored over a bunch of screengrabs, and finally this one (from “Journey To Babel”) gave me the answer I was looking for (I think):
I had initially thought that they had glued a strip of leather meant to resemble the covering on the bottle. That extra vertical stripe looked like it was stitched, or embossed. But if you blow it up and look closely, it’s just the raised text on the bottle poking through. So that stripe is something very thin. I took some comparative measurements and determined that the stripe is about 1" wide. My conclusion was that this is 1" masking tape, or something really similar. So I went with masking tape. I added that strip, and another strip on either side, then painted away.and immediately removed the two masking strips.
The Glossy Sheen
The only thing remaining was the gloss that the screen-used bottles seemed to have. They had a very high sheen that the eggshell wasn’t replicating, but having worked with semigloss and gloss paints with a brush before, I knew they could be tricky to get right with a brush without leaving marks. So I added a glossy coat of Rustoleum clear lacquer. I understand that very fine steel wool may have achieved the same look. Has anyone had luck with that?
I’m pretty pleased with the end result. The color seems right, it has the same “looks kinda reddish sometimes, looks kinda brownish sometimes depending on the light or lack thereof” qualities that the screen-used ones have:
(Please click, I apparently uploaded a giant image, sorry)
I’d love some feedback, good or bad. Is there anything known about the originals that I may have missed that would be helpful to others going forward?