I have a 1954 delta table saw and joiner that is in real need or
Surface rust has taken over. Does anybody know of any good sites our
there that can guide someone through the restoration process.
What paint color, types of brushes that can clean the castings? Any
direction would be helpful. Would powder coating be an option for
http://www.owwm.com has a lot of info. I've done a few machines myself.
The most important thing is to use quality paint. You should spend at
least twice as much time on surface prep as you do on actual painting
and masking. Get all the loose rust off, sand and feather everything
down smooth. If you want to be really anal, you can get everything sand
blasted but that's usually not necessary.
Clean it all down with mineral spirits and let it dry then prime
everything. After the primer is dry, go ahead and paint. There are
several recipes for Delta paint - just don't go with those that advocate
the machinery gray. Delta colors have quite a bit of green in them. I
sprayed everything - if you don't have spray equipment, look into a
Preval sprayer (
http://www.save2much.com/search/find/preval_paint_sprayer ) .
When you have everything apart, check bearings, etc and replace as
necessary. If you're not sure about taking things apart and putting
them back together; put each group of nuts, bolts, etc into an envelope
and label them so you know how everything goes back together.
As far as fence and table surfaces, if you sand or bead blast them,
you'll have shiny new surfaces with no patina. I personally like the
look that a ROS and WD40 gives.
It depends upon what you want to do with the machine when it's finished and
how bad it is now. If you want it to work and the rust is deep, the table
and fence will need machining flat and smooth. If it's not too bad, hand
sanding might do.
If you want to see well finished machines, look at some restored stationary
engines or vintage tractors. Can't help you with where to look as I'm in UK
but a search of your news groups may reveal a similar one to this,
Be careful about grit blasting. I have had some things done by someone who
used too coarse a grit and really screwed up the metal.
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