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Old 11-06-2018, 08:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a Rikon lathe. At first, I cleaned the bed several times with DNA and applied a thin coating of Ballistol Sportsman's Oil with a folded paper towel. I finally got around to carrying this one step further. I removed the tailstock. I lightly dressed the bed with 400 wet/dry sandpaper( my father used to refer to it as crocus cloth). Wiped it several times to clean it and added another coat of Ballistol. Next, I turned the headstock upside down and did the same thing. Now the HS slides with minimal effort. Even as smooth as the machine surfaces were, they were still a bit rough.
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