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Mill rebuild prep

I started taking apart the mill piece by piece. It’s been neglected. I saw rust in the ways, wear marks, and just coats and coats of old grease. The previous owners(s) did not know how to take care of it.

I used a needle scaler to remove the paint and old bondo. I took special care to have proper respiratory protection as the paint could have contained lead.

New bondo was applied. I used the stuff that came in the tube called “bondo glaze and spot putty”. It has been recommended by a number of machine rebuilders because it dries harder, is easily sanded but most importantly, is not affected by oil soaked castings. You can apply it with your fingers and just rub it in. After it has dried, just sand it down.

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