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Cutting oil ( Suds) resistant paint

Rebuilding a milling machine and need a paint that is suds resistant.

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Andrew Binning04/07/2020 08:24:08
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Can anyone recommend a paint that will withstand cutting oil or suds. I have used Hammerite in the past but that seems to peel after a time. Rust Oleum paints have two part epoxy paints which might do the trick but they are expensive and come in industrial size packaging.

Chris Evans 604/07/2020 09:17:40
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I repainted my "Donkey Saw" a few years ago with Berger household paint because I had some and it was near enough the grey colour required.

The machine does not get a lot of use but the paint is standing up well to the suds oil.

Andrew Binning04/07/2020 09:22:32
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I assume this was an oil based paint intended principally for woodwork?

Clive Foster04/07/2020 09:37:00
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I've used Blackfriars QD 90 paint for many years without apparent issues with synthetic coolant. See no reason why it shouldn't be suds resistant too. Best to give it a few days drying time. Data sheet says 3 days to harden fully, I'd double that. Its not petrol or fuel oil proof tho'. Primer adhesion isn't the best against impact or scraping unless you are meticulous about surface preparation and cleaning. Its OK but Vapormatic is better

I'm told that Vapormatic Agricultural and Machinery paint is good with oils and solvents too. One day I'll finish painting my P&W lathe with it. The bits I've done are holding up well after nearly 10 years but they aren't heavily exposed.


ega04/07/2020 09:46:14
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When I re-furbished my Myford many years ago I stripped to bare metal, undercoated and then spray-finished with Myford's own touch-up enamel. The result seemed fine and durable until relatively recently when the frequently handled areas have been affected, I think, by my regular use of PR88 hand protection.

Does anyone know what Myfords use today?

pgk pgk04/07/2020 11:33:01
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Automotive paint? It copes with folk dripping petrol and diesel around the filler areas fine


peak404/07/2020 13:09:15
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I was watching this video a while ago, where "automotive car paint" is used by a professional machine rebuilder.
From 18.40 but the whole video is worth a watch; as is most of that channel.

Chris Evans 604/07/2020 15:22:52
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Posted by Andrew Binning on 04/07/2020 09:22:32:

I assume this was an oil based paint intended principally for woodwork?

Yes I still have the tin of "Squirrel Grey" from 7 or 8 years ago. Berger brand oil based, I did not want to throw money and loads of time at the saw but it is proving to last well enough.

Geoff Stewart15/07/2020 13:16:49
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Hi Andrew

Stationary engine paints sell all machine tool enamels on line in small half litre or one litre tins

primer as well

Geoff stewart

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