View Full Version : Need some cleaning help

11-22-2008, 09:36 PM
Earlier this fall I made some hockey puck feet on my lathe for my new mill. Last night I went down to use my lathe and I have a problem. I thought I had cleaned my lathe real well after all the hockey puck swarf, but some had gotten into the spindle and it seems to have stuck onto the inside of the spindle. I think it must have mixed with some oil. It wasn't just powder, but kind of an oily, gooey, sticky mess.:(

Anyway, it doesn't just wipe out. Even a blade wasn't working. WD-40 didn't seem to be doing anything. Any ideas on how to clean this without damaging my spindle?

- T

11-22-2008, 11:09 PM
I'd use a strong solvent like lacquer thinner or acetone. It will melt the rubber from the hockey puck, and won't hurt the metal.

Don't let it touch the the paint though.