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try soaking a part in the degreaser from Dollar Tree ,
it has worked great for me for years . ya may have to let it soak
for some time on stubborn parts . it's safe stuff to use too
On 8/2/2020 6:26 PM, Rogan Creswick
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to strip the
paint off a ~1940s south end with citristrip, and it does not
appear to work well on lead-based paint.
Quinn (blondihacks) has a video that supports
this, too. If you have lead based paint, you'll want to use
It does very slightly soften the outer layers,
but not enough to make much of a difference. It took
something like 6 applications, and lots of scraping.
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)
(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
for cleaning off grease, walmart purple power
are courtesy of autocorrect.
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
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@...
have had decent results with the safe
stripper from home depot. It cleaned
some old south bend parts to the metal
with only 2 applications. Left it
overnight, wrapped tightly in a garbage
bag so it did not dry out. Overkill?
are courtesy of autocorrect.
I do not recommend any sanding.
These machines were painted with
lead based paint. It could be very
dangerous. You would need good
Chemical or (my preference)
electrolytic stripping is better.
It’s hard to get old style
strippers and some find the new “SAFE”
strippers leave a lot to be desired.
For large parts try oven cleaner as
a stripper. Wear face mask and gloves.
Also very good ventilation.
Smaller sections use electrolytic
stripping. Much safer. Google it.
It uses washing soda.
It removes rust oil grease and
Have a can of primer ready. The
parts tend to rust instantly after
the Hendey off the trailer
and into the garage, and
have started to clean it up.
Lets just say that it has a
"fine patina" of old
oil/grease, chips, and dirt
on it. Seems to run ok, but
not the cleanest thing
around! Which brings me to
my question; Whats the best
way to clean up a dirty
Guessing a pressure washer
would not be a good idea...
I started off with some
mineral spirits and an old
brush. Was gonna use a rag,
but all those chips make
that seem like a bad idea on
the hands. My "plan" is to
do a couple mineral spirit
wipedowns, then use a
degreaser on the painted
surfaces, sand and repaint
as needed to get a decent
finish - not gonna be a show
piece, but I want it to look
good and protect the
As for the machined
surfaces, was going to use
scotchbrite to clean them
up, then add a light coat of
oil to protect them.
Once its clean, I'll flush
and refill all the fluids,
replace felts, etc.