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Re: book press rust

Any of the Rustoleum paints would do.  The spray cans are particularly
user-friendly--unlike some of the cheaper brands that spray everywhere
except where you want to paint.  Personally, I would use the
Hammertone spray because it looks nice and will help hide the pitting
from the rust.  That is what I intend to use on a Kwikprint that I'm

A wire brush (or angle grinder w/ wire wheel), a coat of Rustoleum
primer and a couple of the topcoat of your choice should do nicely.
Don't spray the threads or the joint with the platten.  Clean them
with WD-40, lighter fluid, brake cleaner, etc. and a tooth brush.
Coat with a generous amount of molybdenum grease after reassembly.

Like yours, the surfaces on my letter press are rusted and uneven.  I
also use a layer of old davey board above and below whatever book or
cover is in the press.  I know that the press' previous owner used
sheets of masonite in the same way.


On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:14 PM, j godsey <gods1216@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> that's a copy press for making copies of documents.
> my platen isn't perfect either, i put a layer of binders board on the
> bottom.
> j
> On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:03 PM, Annabel <annabelkina@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have acquired an old book press from our local antique store (I'd
>> rather say "barn" :). It looks pretty much like this one:
>> http://www.dargate.com/247_auction/247_images/288.jpg
>> It is in decent condition, but there's some rust on the sides and
>> unfortunately on the platen, where it is rather deep and makes the
>> surface uneven. I wish to paint it somehow so that I could use the
>> press. I don't care if it won't look historically accurate after
>> painting :)
>> Hence, I have some questions:
>> 1. What's the best way to clean it before painting?
>> 2. Which paint is good? I've read about rustoleum here on the list,
>> but I am not sure which rustoleum (tm) product to use.
>> Thanks for advice,
>> Annabel
>> Boston
>> --
>> Annabel
>> http://sciuro.livejournal.com
>> annabelkina@xxxxxxxxx
>> -----------------------------
>> Vademecum!

> --
> j godsey
> www.sicpress.com - book repair and cleaning supplies.
> www.bibliophilebullpen.com

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