I am building my workbench and have purchased a Record quick release
vice. The vice is a bit scratched and I would like to paint it black
instead of the Record blue. Can someone tell me how I should go about
this? What kind of paint should I use? Can I just paint over the old
paint or do I have to prepare the surface in some way? Thank you for
Sorry Bob... vices are almost always painted bright glossy red.
But you can paint your vise a nice flat black with some rustoleum or
krylon. Sandblast the old paint off and get a good "tooth" for the new
paint to adhere. Clean with some alcohol, Prime- Use the same primer as
the paint you have, DO NOT CROSS BRANDS, they are NOT ALWAYS COMPATABLE
(DAMHIKT), paint. Oh- mask off the jaws. Paint on the inside of the jaws
comes off at the worst possible time on the most expensive possible
Tue, Apr 20, 2004, 12:11pm (EDT-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob)
<snip> how I should go about this?
Brush. Or spray. Your choice. Check the label on the can.
What kind of paint should I use?
Oil based paint. Go to a paint store and look at different brands,
then make a choice. Or, ask the paint store guy. Note I said paint
STORE, I didn't say Home Depot, Lowes, or anything similar.
Can I just paint over the old paint or do I have to prepare the surface
in some way?
Read the can label.
The Good are Innocent so they invented Justice. The Evil are Guilty so
they invented Mercy.
You know, I had the same dilemma, only in reverse. I have a Jorgenson
woodworking vise (originally black), and wanted it blue.
The way I did it was by soaking the vise in 6 gallons of gasoline for a
full day. After most of the paint dissolved in the gas, I hung the vise
to a dead tree I have in the back yard. Then I lit the vise on fire.
The rest of the paint came off in a heartbeat.
Unfortunately, besides removing my eyebrows and moustache, the burning
gas left a black residue on the vise. It was easily removed by soaking
in gas for a couple of days.
7 days and 42 gallons of gas later, she's finally ready for paint. LOML
says I can spend the $12,000 for that spray booth I always wanted. She
figures we'll be ahead in the long run just on the doctor bills alone.
Good luck Bob!
On 20 Apr 2004 12:11:31 -0700, email@example.com (Bob) wrote:
Machine tool paint. Hard to find, but it's tough as nails and often
available in small cans. Comes in colours like "Bridgeport Grey",
"Myford Blue" and the like, but you should find black and primaries
too. Better grades may be an epoxy.
Floor paint works well too. If I ever mix any epoxy floor paint
(which costs a fortune in workshop quantities) I use up any leftovers
on things like vices or heavy workshop ironwork.
Just don't use Hammerite or Smoothrite. Too hard and stiff, not sticky
enough - flakes off under any impact.
Holy Cow Bob, you've gotten a spectrum of answers to this question. My two
cents - scruff the surface with a 3M pad to develop a little tooth for the
new paint. Obviously, thoughougly clean any dirt, grease, oil, or other
If you want to get picky you can feather out the scratches with a little 400
grit sandpaper. Prime any bare metal areas and then spray it with any
decent emamel spray paint. Contrary to what you may have read, you most
certainly can go to Home Depot or Ace Hardware or any other retail outlet
and buy a common spray enamel. Actually, Ace Hardware sells a pretty decent
line of enamel paint under their own label and it's almost twice the size of
the brand name paints for the same price or less. I've used it a lot and
it's as good as any other on the shelves. I really don't have any
experience with some of the machine paints that some of the folks have
suggested so I won't comment on those, however if you want to give it a nice
base coat/clear coat paint job, I'm happy to offer more advice. Have you
considered pin stipes...
A note of caution if you go the route of using Rustoleum as was mentioned by
one poster, just be aware that it dries very slowly. Consider putting a big
light right over it to warm it and encourage it to dry faster.
Bob, You have way to much time on your hands!
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