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Forum topic by Tyrone D posted 06-18-2012 02:36 AM 1468 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyrone D

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06-18-2012 02:36 AM

The title says it all.
When you restore or fix up machinery do you keep the colours original or do you choose a new colour?

I’m thinking on my Rockwell/Beaver lathe I might do a different colour as this is a very common machine. Changing the hammered green on my Wadkin Bursgreen tablesaw would be something I’d never do.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."


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Al Killian

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 03:02 AM

I paint it what ever color fits my shop. I like having the machines in lighter color. Dont need to make it any darker in the shop.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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MedicKen

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 05:18 AM

All of my machines have been done in the original color. I would however consider changing the color depending on the machine being restored.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 05:40 AM

I’ve done some as close to as original as possible, and others completely different colors.. depends on the machine and my mood :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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mtenterprises

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 12:43 PM

I just finished redoing an Atlas metal lathe and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I just left it all worn and orignal.
MIKE

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tyskkvinna

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 12:59 PM

I paint them a different colour. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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dhazelton

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 01:13 PM

My first drill press restore was a Craftsman that was grey, but I did it in a hammered bronze color, mainly because that was a color offering at one point. After that I’ve done most things in light machinery grey. Boring, but I’d rather a shop look uniform than tinker toyish.

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DamnYankee

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#7 posted 06-18-2012 02:48 PM

Restore – as in making it like new – same color
Restore – as in taking one from non-functional and making it work with whatever parts are available (a Frankenstein machine if you will) – make it any color you want.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Don W

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#8 posted 06-18-2012 05:06 PM

as my mood strikes. Its your machine, make it your machine.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Al Killian

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 12:10 AM

Machines in my shop are never restored to original. I will make it useable and make it look nice. This s why I said I paint it lighter colors. In my shop I am more concern with how the machine operates vs fit and finish, after all it is a production shop and machines get used hard.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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Tyrone D

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 05:35 AM

I have decided to paint my lathe Hammered Black. I have some black primer on it now; waiting for it to dry so I can paint the other side.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 06-19-2012 05:41 AM

repainting machines means John Deere Green and Yellow ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Loren

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#12 posted 06-19-2012 05:42 AM

1) a machine has to be real ugly for me to be motivated to
paint it. I’ve only done it a few times and owned dozens
of machines. I care about function more than appearance.
I guess I don’t qualify as a restorer.

2) light colors like white bounce light around in the shop
which can be beneficial. Dark machines eat light.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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kizerpea

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#13 posted 06-19-2012 11:38 AM

the bandsaw in my pic is 1896ish nope not the rite color…it was a dull gray…now red an white

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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willie

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#14 posted 06-19-2012 02:56 PM

I paint my tools a color that I like and one that makes them unique. If they ever get stolen it will make them a lot easier to find.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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Ironman50

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#15 posted 06-19-2012 05:52 PM

Cjwillie,
It’s a good idea! Giving personality to your tools. How come I never thought of that? I might borrow your idea if that’s ok with you.

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