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Nichols Horizontal Milling Machine Rebuild, Part 8:
I was initially hoping for a fairly smooth paintjob (unlike some of my later machines)
and rolled on a bright white layer of a fairly thick primer-filler.
I picked up a small tube of spot putty, and proceeded to fill in some of the small nicks, pinholes and other bits.
Unfortunately, inexperienced me didn't realize that the lacquer-based spot putty would react badly with the
enamel-based primer, and caused it to soften and lift. I had to scrape it all off, sand it smooth, and apply
more filler. The primer would also gum up the sandpaper in literally seconds.
That little headace aside, I was eventually able to get a couple good coats of the
primer-filler on both major pieces, and rolled 'em inside to dry.
I was then able to turn my attention to some of the other parts. The paint came off the belt cover quite easily...
And just for the sake of aesthetics, I decided to add these to curved
corner bits to try and add a little style to the whole arrangement.
And ground smooth, makes it look a but more purpose-built, in my opinion.
Then primed and painted!
And while I was doing that, I also gave a couple coats to
the now-thoroughly-cleaned motor mounting arm, too.
And speaking of the motor...
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