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Old 11-05-2018, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My back is killing me but I finally have my Laguna Revo 18/36 220v assembled and my garage wired properly.

The only issue is that the lathe bed has a lot of factory grease left on it and I think I should clean it before turning any wood.

My question is, what should I use to clean the lathe bed? I was thinking of using Denatured Alcohol, but I’m not sure. Any advise is appreciated.


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Not to hijack your post but an added question.


What is the best to lubricate the ways (once they're clean) so the tail stock slides easier?
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Hey All

My back is killing me but I finally have my Laguna Revo 18/36 220v assembled and my garage wired properly.

The only issue is that the lathe bed has a lot of factory grease left on it and I think I should clean it before turning any wood.

My question is, what should I use to clean the lathe bed? I was thinking of using Denatured Alcohol, but I’m not sure. Any advise is appreciated.


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I used odorless mineral spirits. Congratulations!
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What is the best to lubricate the ways (once they're clean) so the tail stock slides easier?
I use motor oil. A thin coat will do it. To be more precise, I use motor oil on the metal lathe, and paste wax on the wood lathe. Learned that from my teachers.
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Interesting question.

Many lathes, especially those manufactured in Asia, are dressed using paints that won't withstand petroleum-based solvents that we normally think of as degreasers - gasoline, kerosene, mineral spirits, etc. So you might want to take the precaution of testing the solvent you plan to use on a hidden area on the lathe to make sure that it won't attack the paint. I tried mineral spirits when I was prepping my new lathe, and found that the paint was coming off.

So that leads me to suggest that you consider one of the more environmentally-friendly, non-petroleum solvents that are typically sold at supermarkets. I don't have any personal experience with any of these, but some of the names that come to mind are Simple Green, Howard's Clean a Finish, Meyer's Multi-Surface Cleaner, etc. And my wife swears by ordinary household vinegar.

Another possibility is WD-40. I know that's not what it was made for, but people tend to use it as a general-purpose cleaner.
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I've used both silicone and teflon spray lubricants, and also paste wax. But I think the best results have been from white lithium grease (the stuff that they sell for lubricating garage doors).
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What is the best to lubricate the ways (once they're clean) so the tail stock slides easier?


I use Mil-Comm TW25B. It’s pricy and designed for firearms, but a very small amount goes a long way. If after applying it, you can see it, you used to much. It is the most amazing lubricant I have ever seen.


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For cleaning, Mineral Spirits, Acetone, Simple Green, or Goof-off. For the ways, plain old Johnsons Paste Wax.
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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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I do nor know what is best. I do know what I was advised to buy and I am very happy with (and I have the same 3 bottles for 4 years):
https://www.theruststore.com/Boeshie...erosol-P3.aspx
https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-Sma...ion+protection
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