I wouldnt look at excessive amounts of paint as abuse, but rather as protectant. In humid environments you have a choice for machinery that tends to sit (such as many shapers), you can either protect it or you can let it rust. Call me crazy, but Id much rather peel off paint than deal with rust any day, and growing up in NY Ive dealt with more than my share of rusty iron. Excessive paint is rather similar to excessive amounts of solidified grease/oil. Its ugly, but does its job quite nicely.
If there is no actual damage caused by this to the machine itself, there is no need to get on that tall horse.
Last edited by justanengineer; 09-12-2011 at 04:52 PM.
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