South Bend 13" mechanical restoration

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More parts painted...Seems I didn't want long enough to recoat (although they say 20 hours at 70c I believe), got some frizzling on the paint of the tail stock...will need to wait longer, sand some of it down and then reapply. Hopefully no more problems with that. No problems with the other parts so far.

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Anyone have any tips for making the ways shiny and like new again? I was reading Brad Jacob's restoration thread of his SB13 on Practical Machinist, and somehow he got his ways very nice looking. I don't think he had them ground, either, just cleaned them somehow. He hasn't responded to messages in a while so couldn't really ask him...

Also, I've been avoiding cutting the belt off to save it, but I would like to be able to clean and paint all the lower parts of the machine. Getting belts around here might be difficult. I read that some people have used a 10 rib serpentine belt, glued together with Loctite plastic bonder? Anyone have more info on this? Which belt to buy, etc?

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At most I might hit the ways with some lesser aggressive ScotBrite and WD40.

Don't add to the wear by doing much more!

Ted
 

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Tried painting with my HVLP gun today. Worked pretty good. Much better than brushing...thinned down the paint with Varsol and waited about 25 mins between coats. My smaller parts were fine, but I got some small pinholes on my larger piece. How long do you guys usually wait between coats? Not long enough? Recoat time on this S-W paint is something like 3 hours, but that's without thinning and spraying.
 

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Anyone have any tips for making the ways shiny and like new again? I was reading Brad Jacob's restoration thread of his SB13 on Practical Machinist, and somehow he got his ways very nice looking. I don't think he had them ground, either, just cleaned them somehow. He hasn't responded to messages in a while so couldn't really ask him...

Also, I've been avoiding cutting the belt off to save it, but I would like to be able to clean and paint all the lower parts of the machine. Getting belts around here might be difficult. I read that some people have used a 10 rib serpentine belt, glued together with Loctite plastic bonder? Anyone have more info on this? Which belt to buy, etc?

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Those ways look pretty darn good.
I saw the scrape marks by the head stock as they disappear moving toward the tail stock.
Correct me if I'm wrong, didn't Brad Jacobs just do a superior clean up and a beautiful job with the automotive finish? He didn't do any scraping as I recall.
 

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More cleaning today & removed the quick change gearbox assembly. Also cleaned up the ways with WD40 and some gray Scotchbrite. Works decently.
 

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brino

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Wow, your ways look fantastic!

Your Dad's spare lathe is nicer than my "daily driver".....

Congratulations!
-brino
 
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