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. http://www.theartofboxes.com