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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex TX View Post
    April 1951 - it would have to be the Korean, er...Police Action

    If it's a repaint, it's a very thorough one. I have seen no sign of any color other than the bright green primer. I have had several assemblies apart for cleaning, and removed the paint from the compound accidentally, it came off in sheets. Brown sheets only. Not a spec of gray paint anywhere on the machine or cabinet - except the inside of the drawers.

    I did state the inside of the drawers were brown, but I looked again today and they are gray inside, so there is that. I'm still of the opinion that this was a custom color at buyer's request.

    Where's Ted?
    Sometimes you guys expect too much from me I was not there in 1951
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    But.... You are the Font of All South Bend Wisdom!

    I guess this one will be one of those mysteries.

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    I'm always suspicious of any used machine with a fresh coat of paint -- was it painted to raise the price, is the paint covering up something, was the machine made from parts of other machines, etc?

    In my opinion, leave it the color that it is. If the buyer is a "restorer", he'd repaint it regardless of what color you painted it, and if he's a "user", it won't matter if its painted or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobRenz View Post
    I'm always suspicious of any used machine with a fresh coat of paint -- was it painted to raise the price, is the paint covering up something, was the machine made from parts of other machines, etc?

    In my opinion, leave it the color that it is. If the buyer is a "restorer", he'd repaint it regardless of what color you painted it, and if he's a "user", it won't matter if its painted or not
    The paint is certainly not fresh. It certainly appears to be as old as the lathe.
    But I agree, I'm certainly not going to repaint it, though I would like to touch up the headstock and the compound. I hate repainting the cabinets though. I have another project that is done except for painting the cabinet.

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    Custom paint color was an option clearly available as indicated in the old catalogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBLatheman View Post
    Sometimes you guys expect too much from me I was not there in 1951
    Ted

    Ted,

    Don't bust our bubble! We're trying to keep you on a pedestal! LOL

    Cheers,
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    what a coincidence....a guy just stopped by and had pics of his 10L...same model as your Rex...and the same brownish color.

    it had been liberally coated in cosmolene and had been under a cover in storage since the mid 60s...all the paint had browned....personally I like the look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwananew10K View Post
    what a coincidence....a guy just stopped by and had pics of his 10L...same model as your Rex...and the same brownish color.

    it had been liberally coated in cosmolene and had been under a cover in storage since the mid 60s...all the paint had browned....personally I like the look.

    LOL That'll buff right out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex TX View Post
    I picked up a couple of SBs a few weeks ago. One is a 10L which appears to be manufactured 1951. The color is that matte brown. Not crazy about that, but I don't think I want to do a full restore and color change as i don't intend to keep it. Is there an off-the-shelf match for this paint, or at least a mix formula that I can take to a local paint shop?

    This one is for sale. I'll post it in the classifieds shortly
    DANGER! Those little wheels clamped on the legs are just waiting to face plant that lathe. Get rid of them ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight machine View Post
    DANGER! Those little wheels clamped on the legs are just waiting to face plant that lathe. Get rid of them ASAP.
    Yessir, one of them came apart as I was unloading the very heavy cabinet. Secure for now, and need to stay for the short term. I've seen photos of other SBs with casters mounted this way.
    But yes, I'm very careful with it.

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    I used the Sherman Williams mix on my 9A with great results. I painted in a cold garage so it took a while for the paint to harden. I'm very happy with it now that summer is here!


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