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Sdmf5150

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I ordered an new side cover and control panel for my HF mini lathe from LMS and went to paint it a different color. The strange thing I found was the plastic was covered in auto body filler. ABS plastic comes out of the mold perfectly shaped. I don't know if they did this to make the paint stick to the plastic or maybe to stiffen the plastic? Anyone else ever see this?
 

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Hmmmm ... You might try phoning LMS. They're pretty durn good when it comes to customer support.
 

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I'm sure this is how they are painted in China and not LMS. I just found it to be strange
 

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Everything on the minilathe is coated with bondo from the factory. Part of "If it looks good it's a success". BTW When you order from LMS they let you specify color and will send that if they have it.
 

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I stripped everything on my Sieg made Homier lathe and only the tailstock castings had bondo (traditional pink and poorly done). What color is the base plastic (mine is green)?

Conversely, I was amazed by the finish on the apron casting; completely smooth like a lost-wax casting with a thick phosphate finish. They're quite the box of chocolates.
 

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I stripped everything on my Sieg made Homier lathe and only the tailstock castings had bondo (traditional pink and poorly done). What color is the base plastic (mine is green)?

Conversely, I was amazed by the finish on the apron casting; completely smooth like a lost-wax casting with a thick phosphate finish. They're quite the box of chocolates.
Yeah my plastic is green as well. Well I guess I have some sanding to do. So many pits and craters to level
 
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