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Forum topic by Newbiewoodworker43 posted 03-31-2014 08:35 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2014 08:35 PM

I am working on restoring a Delta 6” jointer (37-207) from 1948 and the stop knobs and elevator handles are looking pretty worn.

I was wondering whether you would paint them or get them rechromed or nickle plated. I do not think that simply buffing them will really make much of a difference.

I know there are plating kits out there but I do not really want to get into doing that.

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 05:09 AM

I would consider epoxy powder coat as the feel “softer” on the fingers than the plating and epoxy power coat is just as tough, if not tougher, than plating. You also have a lot more colors available and you can color code the adjustments if you are inclined to do so.

At home powder coating kits are available on the web from a number of sources while I wouldn’t try plating with some of the toxic chemicals required.

I have a 25 year old Troy Built lawn mower that looks almost as good as new due to the powder coat finish on the deck.
In one of my previous jobs we held the magnets in a high performance DC servo motor in the housing with powder coat epoxy paint … never one loose magnet in 10 years of working there.

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