I have a little vise #4: It gets worse before it gets better

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-30-2015 08:15 PM 1178 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the large parts came out of the vinegar OK. The main casting cleaned of rather easily and ( Arlin, you might be interested) the paint was untouched.

The paintwork is of course chipped and worn. It need removing and a new finish applied. To this end I used some of this

It’s a paint stripper. Nasty stuff. If you use it wear eye protection, gloves etc. If it can soften up the sort of paint used on this vise just imagine what it can do to skin. You dab it on thickly, leave ten minutes, repeat cover, leave for 45 minutes then scrape of the soft stuff

With the best will in the world and no matter how you try you are not likely to get it all off in the first try

Not bad on the moving jaw casting but

I’ll give the main casting another go tomorrow. The vise is going to be painted with this

It’s straight to metal (well ferrous anyway) and just the right shade of blue for a tool like this.

More fun next time, be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 06-30-2015 08:18 PM

You are going to have one fine vise when you are finished.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 01:14 AM

I hope this all works out for you and it will be interesting to see the finished vise .
Some good reading about the process .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 07:26 AM


If you have a reasonable Air compressor hook up a needle gun, warn out the nearby kids etc, put on hearing protection, a pair of gloves and safety glasses and go for it.
Noisy but does a great job with no chemicals required.

That was epoxy based paint almost imune to chemical strippers.

I need to add also the epoxy was supposed to be direct to metal as well but as you can see moisture gut under it so I metal primed everything before painting.

Good job on the vice!

-- Regards Robert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-01-2015 10:14 AM

There is always an ‘ugly stage’ prior to turning the corner with stuff like this. Especially when you are repainting something.

Keep forging ahead – It is really interesting to see the process. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 07-01-2015 04:57 PM

Thanks, Robert, but I prefer the subtle approach to termination with lethal force.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 08:46 PM

Looking good.
Always a joy to see old tools get new life.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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