My South Bend 10L
*** 2/5/2005, Sold lathe to make room... ***
Last Picture- all spiffed up and ready to go.
I've been looking for an upgrade to my 6" Atlas for some time, and
found a great fixer-upper on ebay. It seems to be cobbled
together from a bunch of different SB lathes, all
with different oddball paintjobs; pretty grungy, but mechanically its
in good condition.
Feb 23, 2004 - Before
Actually, the lathe was fairly painful to look at. So once I got it
together and used it a while, I decided to strip and paint it.
Theres a lot of material on the internet, I came across electroysis
rather quickly and since I have a high current DC supply handy, I
figured it was a good fit for my small space, plus I was curious.
April 12, 2004 - After
The toolpost is one of the cheapo Aloris clones. If I really like
it, then maybe I'll go for the real thing. Last Christmas, Santa
got my father a KRF Omnipost
which is what I'd get otherwise.
June 10, 2004, debugged & working!
Bed & Tailstock Wear
1. Paint strippers can work well (I tried Citristrip spray
which really suprised me with how well it worked). The problem is
a horrible mess that gets into every last nook and cranny. Next
time I'd use citristrip to loosen the paint, then use electrolysis
for a few hours to clean off the mess - that short time won't hurt
2. TSP works well for the paint and oil- but it wears out, so be
prepared to make several batches.
3. Spend the time to thoroughly mask. I forgot to mask the
as I primed... no big deal, just more to clean up.
4. Definitely go to the trouble of setting up a spray
Benjamin Moore paint I used does hide the brush strokes fairly well,
it can't do wonders. However, the machine looks so much better
now I'm not complaining.
5. I chose "Grey Shower" as the paint color- its a bit light, and
the high gloss isn't quite right. Though perhaps the gloss will
help the paint resist oil. I'm happy with the paint on
balance though, but the test is how well it wears. So far its
doing really well- after 4 months or so of on & off use, there are
no apparent scratches in the paint- even on top of the saddle where
chips collect & are brushed off.