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Dick Bernard
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Cleaning wax
Dec 20th, 2017 at 5:59am
 
I think I take pretty good care of my lathe (Jet 1642) but over the years (about 6) I've accumulated a fair amount of finish (wax) on the front of the ways and on the legs of my lathe.

I'd like a few tips on what people use to make the lathe look good again.

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Dick
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Re: Cleaning wax
Reply #1 - Dec 20th, 2017 at 9:01am
 
Naptha often is mentioned for removing wax from wood furniture, but not sure if it would soften the paint.  Any solvent could first be tested on the paint in an incounpicuous spot, in case the solvent affects the paint.
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Reply #2 - Dec 20th, 2017 at 5:00pm
 
I've always opted for the "new lathe" approach.  Grin Grin Cheesy Smiley Smiley
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Old Delta 12" 46-701 in great condition. Had it about 20+ years and turned 1 part.
Re: Cleaning wax
Reply #3 - Dec 20th, 2017 at 5:36pm
 
Try plain white vinegar!!  It desolves the rust off old Erector set parts and cleans out toilet rings. My wife swears by it. Just might work??
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Old Delta 12" 46-701 in great condition. Had it about 20+ years and turned 1 part.
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Reply #4 - Dec 20th, 2017 at 5:38pm
 
And besides, its only 2 gals. for $5.00
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Re: Cleaning wax
Reply #5 - Dec 21st, 2017 at 2:17pm
 
George, we couldn't possible use vinegar then, it's not exopensive enough!  Cheesy Cheesy

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Re: Cleaning wax
Reply #6 - Dec 23rd, 2017 at 11:32pm
 
Either DNA or material spirits will take if off with a green scotch pad.  I clean mine a lot with that combo but I do not scrub hard.
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Re: Cleaning wax
Reply #7 - Dec 24th, 2017 at 5:53am
 
Thank you for your ideas.

Dick
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