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What do you use to clean your lathe?

DirtFarmer

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Well, I bought a lathe of a retiree last summer and have been using it pretty much non-stop since. Naturally, there have been splatters and splotches here and there of various finishing solutions and CA glues.

Does anyone have any specific cleaning solutions you use for your lathe? This one is an older Rikon 70-105.
 

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Acetone will work on the raw bed way surfaces to remove finishing drips, but keep it off the paint as it will soften paint that you don't want to remove. Then you can lightly sand the bed with 600 grit or finer wet or dry sandpaper and oil by hand to bring back the polish. Then a couple of coats of wax to protect the bed ways from rust and to make it easier to clean future drips.
 

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I think we’re talking about the bed only, I’d never clean the painted parts...that provides additional ballast! 😃
I keep a small piece of scotch brite and either use wax or WD40 followed by wiping off excess. Be sure to get underside of banjo and tail rest too. The other overlooked area is the underside of the bed rails where the clamp disk on banjo and tail rest ride. A rag dampened with WD works well there. If you ever see John Jordan doing a demo, he’ll start by cleaning the bed with WD before ever starting to turn and make sure the banjo moves around easily.
 
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