Unisaw 1963 #2: Ready for Paint

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Blog entry by RCT posted 09-05-2012 01:14 PM 2259 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: She Spins on her own Part 2 of Unisaw 1963 series Part 3: White parts »

Here are some pics of the saw after days of hand wire brushing, power wire brushing, hand and power sanding, scotch bright cleaning and degreasing. With a shot of the base for a reminder of how bad it was. I have not gotten up the gusto to start working on the base yet. So far I have determined that the switch will need to be replaced and repositioned, the motor and arbor bearings amazingly seem in good shape no strange sounds or wobbles. The hand-wheel is just in bad shape this is how it looks after 3 days in the anti rust liquid. I’ll be spending some time with it today

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 01:37 PM

RCT – looking good.

What are you using and how are you applying paint? I am restoring an older jointer and I am trying to understand my options for finishes.

Thanks and good luck.

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Adam Baird

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 02:20 PM

I’m also in the middle of a jointer refurb, and I’m almost ready for paint. I’d be curious to know your finishing plans.

-- Adam from Indiana -

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 04:15 PM

RedMac…...I have been using the Sherwin Williams direct to metal paint. Oil based with a very high solids and nice industrial paint. Application can be either brush/roller or spray. I opted to spray with an HVLP system and the results are very good.

If you want a close match to the original Delta color the Rustoleum smoke grey in rattle cans is nice. The only problem with the rattle can is the coverage. The spray cans give a very light coat and multiple coats are needed for adequate protection. I have used both but prefer the Sherwin Williams.

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 10:24 PM

Well I did not get to the prep work today. Worked on the other saw’s motor. I will be using spray cans but I have to mask off all of the clear metal areas first. I’m going to be using Rustoleum for color but not delta grey. I worked on Navy ships for to long to still appreciate grey.

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 01:16 AM

Keep us up to date please on your progress

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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