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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 06-10-2017 04:06 PM 771 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2017 04:06 PM

I bought a delta drill press from a local dealer and like it a lot. Only problem is that it was evidently sitting in inventory for a while and the oiled paper that protects the cast dried on.

What’s the best way to clean this off? No I’m not going to return/exchange it.

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 04:12 PM

WD-40 & a straight razor blade.


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#2 posted 06-12-2017 04:00 AM

And some elbow grease

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#3 posted 06-12-2017 06:28 AM

Give it a good wipe down with mineral spirits and let it sit for a minute or two. Make sure to saturate the paper so it gets under it. After a short while, it should just peel off without any effort. Finish wiping down with mineral spirits and a rag. Once cleaned, put on a couple coats of paste wax.


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#4 posted 06-12-2017 01:49 PM

Wire wheel or flap pad on a 4” grinder.

I would soak it down with laquer thinner or acetone and try to scrape most of it off with a paint scraper.

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#5 posted 06-16-2017 04:29 AM

Hi all,

I followed brad’s advice about soaking and wiping with mineral spirits. Worked brilliantly. Thanks a ton!

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