looking for advice with painting bench vice

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Forum topic by sneakypita posted 09-28-2015 01:02 AM 522 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2015 01:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: vice paint clamp paint

Hi LJ gang,

I have a new Woodstock vice I picked up from amazon. inexpensive, but solid as all heck. The only thing I really don’t like is the bright blue it came in.

I have it disassembled, and ready to paint. But before I begin, I was hoping for advice on a couple things:

• do I need to strip off the factory paint, or sand it/wire wheel it? Or can I paint right over that nasty blue?
• recommendation of a decent paint that’s reasonably durable

The vice:

I appreciate the community’s feedback.



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#1 posted 09-28-2015 01:21 AM

I used rustoleum black spray enamel for my old vices, but they were rust buckets that I stripped down to bare metal. Nothing special in terms of paint. You could almost certainly paint over the blue paint, but the question is, why do you want to? That blue is a decent color.

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 01:25 AM

Honestly Jeff, it’s a vise. It’s gonna get banged up, scratched up, worn off, and who knows what other sorts of abuse. Stuff is gonna be dribbled on to it like glue, varnish, stains or whatever. That is if you plan on using it like you really should. I bought a Littlestown for my son and used a metal wheel to get all the old paint and rust off. I asked his wife what color I should paint it. She said purple. I bought a rattle can of an automotive candy apple red with metallic. Sure looks purple to me. He was talking with his sister about it, he liked. He said with disgust, “It’s Purple!!!” I loved it. 20 years from now he’s gonna look at that thing and say, “what the hell was my Dad thinking.”

So buy the color you like best. Since it’s new give it a lite brushing with a wire wheel, maybe a brass wheel. Shoot a coat or three of a good quality automotive paint on it and put that puppy to work.

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 01:31 AM

Paint it hunter green with some rustoleum. After a while…..the paint will (inevitably) chip and scratch…...then the blue will start to show through. You’ll have a vise that looks like its been well-used…......which are always the best looking vises.

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