Re: how do I clean and polish a lathe bed
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If you were in the UK I would not hestitate to recomend the miracle juice known as "Elbow Grease". (Yes, honest. If you don't believe me, Google it and you will find it even has a Safety Data Sheet.)
When a coach has been imediately next to my steam loco, with the chimney next to it, it is covered in stuff that paraffin (BS2869 class C1 -oil for burning in lamps and flueless room heaters, probably known as kerosene in the USA, although we reserve that word for class C2, 28 second gas oil for central heating burners) won't shift.
(Apologies for rambling.) Spray Elbow Grease on and watch the muck run off even without agitation. I have also used it on the ceiling of a greasy spoon cafe kitchen refurb and it even shifts that with a couple of wipes, ready for paint.
(No commercial interest in Elbow Grease, just a worshipper.)
On Sunday, 2 August 2020, 19:45:49 BST, Andrei <calciu1@...> wrote:
Just for cleaning off grease, walmart purple power works well
Typos are courtesy of autocorrect.
From: SouthBendLathe@groups.io <SouthBendLathe@groups.io> on behalf of glenn brooks <brooks.glenn@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 2, 2020 2:36:19 PM
To: SouthBendLathe@groups.io <SouthBendLathe@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SouthBendLathe] how do I clean and polish a lathe bed
I use Safeway “Spray and Wash” in green squirt bottles. These new household ecological friendly formulations are the best ever for removing dried machine oils. Spray it on, let soak for a few minutes. Scrub, scrape off. Repeat a couple of times if necessary. It’s very mild on exposed skin and doesn’t strip the finish.
So, No need to strip the original paint in order to just clean it up.
I cleaned up and repainted an old 18” x8’ Cincinnati tray top lathe in Hawaii last year that ran in the Doyle Pineapple cannery in Honolulu for 60 years, using a variety of solvents. Turned out thenSpray and Wash treatment was the best to cut through the accumulation of 60 years accumulation of oil, swarf and dirt.
On Aug 2, 2020, at 11:22 AM, Andrei <calciu1@...> wrote: