delta 8 inch jointer rebuild #2: "Start stripping" the paint

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Blog entry by dbol posted 05-22-2012 01:59 AM 2538 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: picked up "new" 8" jointer Part 2 of delta 8 inch jointer rebuild series Part 3: parts painted »

I was a little uncertain on how to go about stripping the layers of paint from this jointer. I think it had 4 coats of paint in some places.
I ended up starting with a “friendly” paint stripper. Citristrip is the name of it. I was actually very surprised at how well this stuff works. It works best when it can sit over night with a plastic bag covering the piece.

I started with the porkchop guard and the switch cover.

I put it on and let it sit for a while and figured the longer it sits and stays wet the better.
I started out with a foam brush and this just melted in a bout 5 strokes. It was all I had at the time. I went and got a disposable brush and am still using it.

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 02:28 PM

Chemical strippers are cool and work well. What are you planning on doing with the stripped paint once removed? It is very likely to have lead in it. Be careful when disposing of it and wear some type of respiratory protection along with gloves and eye protection. I have found using an old coffee can is helpful in disposing the old paint. I just scrape if off after the stripper has worked and then take it to the local hazardous disposal facility. Most cities ot counties will have such a facility and the drop offs are free.

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 02:41 PM

Ken brings up a good point with lead paint. If you keep it wet it shouldnt be harmful, but if youre going to sand it or make it “airborne” certainly do it outside away from any kids and wash your hands after touching it.

This looks like it will be an epic restore … good luck!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 01:47 AM

Great start on the rebuild. I like the idea of the cofffee can to recycle the scraped paint

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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