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Old School
02-14-2015, 08:11 AM
By photos of people making tools for their lathes and mills etc. I've noticed that the material always seems to look new. What if you are using used materials is there really a good way to make the metal look better than just using a wire wheel to clean it up? I am building a retractor tool for my lathe and just wanted to make it look better when it is done. Thanks

janvanruth
02-14-2015, 08:17 AM
scotchbrite and ellbowgrease

SirLesPatterson
02-14-2015, 08:31 AM
Wire brush then sandpaper works pretty good.

Toolguy
02-14-2015, 09:36 AM
Most of the time the original surface has been machined off, exposing fresh metal underneath.

vpt
02-14-2015, 10:25 AM
^ What that guy said. Skim off all the skin and there is new metal underneath.

michigan doug
02-14-2015, 10:47 AM
If you can't skim off the old cruddy surface, maybe paint. I like the hammertone spray paint for some things.

Of course, not for precision machined surfaces...


doug

KiddZimaHater
02-14-2015, 11:09 AM
Or you could always go the Ebay seller route, and spray a thick coat of Bright Baby-Blue paint over everything.

astroracer
02-14-2015, 11:19 AM
I use a lot of POR's Metal Prep. Removes surface rust very easily with a bit of scrubbing with a ScotchBrite pad. It leaves a zinc phosphate coating which prevents rust from returning for a long time.
This is a project I am finishing up. I repurposed an old milling fixture I had built 20 years ago. It has a nice "patina" of surface rust from sitting around.
Here is a pic as I was cutting off the top in my H/V saw.
http://images20.fotki.com/v113/photos/5/904975/13594727/photo5-vi.jpg
After I cleaned it up with the Metal Prep it looked brand new.
http://images46.fotki.com/v678/photos/5/904975/13594708/photo1-vi.jpg
This stuff works especially well on sheet metal and steel welding table tops. This is a mock up/proof of concept pic of the tubing straightener AND the top of one of my welding/set up benches. This top was cleaned two years ago with the Metal Prep and is still rust free with no additional work.
http://images44.fotki.com/v1486/photos/5/904975/13594708/photo3-vi.jpg
Get some and give it a try.
http://www.por15.com/POR-15-Metal-Prep_p_15.html

Paul Alciatore
02-14-2015, 06:20 PM
Thanks for the tip on POR products. I have ordered some of the rust remover/cleaner.

JRouche
02-14-2015, 06:49 PM
Like all the rest said. It helps to start with some decent base material to work with. JR

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darryl
02-14-2015, 08:59 PM
Ha ha. Start with a good machine to begin with- doesn't matter how bad it looks- clean it up and paint- walla, something awesome!

I got lucky today. Found some flat bar in a size that I could use, about fifty feet of it. Decided what I was willing to pay, then went to ask about buying it. Guy said, oh, that belongs to my friend, he'd be upset if I sold it. Ok. It's been outside in the rain for what looks like years, and is fully coated in rust. I did NOT waste that money today :)