DIY ProjectsHow to Restore A Vintage Ice Cooler

How to Restore A Vintage Ice Cooler

This step by step tutorial of how to restore a vintage ice cooler is an excellent way to
In the 1950s, Americans fell in love with insulating metal ice coolers to bring along on their outdoor picnics and camping trips. The older ice coolers were designed with style and well made, they just don’t make them like that anymore.

How to Restore A Vintage Ice Cooler

If you are lucky enough to come across one, snap it right up and restore it to beautiful perfection.


  • -Vintage Cooler

  • -Primer

  • -Spray Paint

  • -Rust Remover (If your cooler is rusty)

  • -Steel Wool

  • -Paint Stripper

  • -Spot Putty

  • -Body Filler

  • -Sandpaper (Various grits: 80, 150, 400, 1000, 2000, etc.)

  • -Rubber Gloves


  • -Metal Scraper

  • -Screwdriver (To remove any hardware from your cooler)

  • -Bodywork Hammer and Dolly (If your cooler is dented)

  • -Sanding Block (A small piece of 2×4 will work fine.)

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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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