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Old 03-26-2010, 08:17 PM
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Default what kind of paint to restore my lathe with

Al right I thought I might ask to see what kind of products you have used on painting your mills or lathes.I figured I might as well repaint My Gisholt as I start to put her back together.Before I get her running.I Just wondered what kind of paint you have found good luck with in sticking to the oily cast iron.I know you can clean it till your blue in the face,but it will still have residue in the casting.I just wanted to know if you guys have rattle canned them or used a paint brush?
Any tips would be great
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:35 PM
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dip it in Navy Grey.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:54 PM
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I used a paint brush and a machinery paint to paint the two machines that I have painted.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:29 PM
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I just wanted to know if you guys have rattle canned them or used a paint brush?
You'll get responses from one end of the spectrum to the other. It all depends on how much time "you" want to deal/spend with it.

The epoxies are a nice topcoating, durable, lasting and fairly stress resistant to daily life. An industrial enamel paint off the shelf would be my second choice.

While I might want to make something look better than 60 years of chipped missing worn off paints, I'm surely not going to bring everything down to bare, steam and clean, prime and top coat back to factory roll out looks. I guess in a way that last sentence is a lie, but it sounds good don't it?

Pick a color you like, clean as best as you want to and rattle can it, or buy an HVLP spray hand held gun and get after it. Color optional.

And as far as color is concerned, I've seen shop equipment painted everything from pastels to glow in the dark to earth tones.

But a nice deep darkish grey is my personal favorite, just before school bus yellow.

Remember, there is a big difference between wanting to preserve or show off big heavy azzed pieces of equipments like this.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:38 PM
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I have always had good luck with degreaser and machinery gray from the rattle can
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:30 PM
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Machinery gray.
Navy gray.
Gunmetal gray.

Your choice...
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:08 AM
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On my lathe, I used pain old rustoleum and brushed it on. Rough castings hide a lot of brush marks.

On my mill/drill, I mixed up my own greenish blue or bluish green, whatever you want to call it. I used Red Devil polyurethane. Not sure if you can still get it. Anyway, the castings got brushed and the sheetmetal got sprayed with the gun. That was 1990 and it still looks good. Very good gloss to it.

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Old 03-27-2010, 03:15 AM
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I have had excellent results from hardened enamel from TSC. I believe its Valspar brand "ford gray"

Its still just as shiny a year later, even with heavy use
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:02 AM
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I've had good results with rustoleum in both rattle can and brushing. I've also used the TSC implement enamel with TSC hardener. The best thing I have used so far has been Impervo alkyd from Benjamin Moore applied with a foam brush or sprayed. I use the TSC hardener with the Impervo. Just prior to painting, all parts get wiped down with denatured alchohol. This paint has held up to cutting oil, coolants, and Tap Magic, and still looks good.
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:20 AM
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Sherwin Williams Polane enamel seems to get high marks. Other opinions:
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