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    What do you guys use to remove the protective stuff that some Asian tools are sprayed with before shipping?

    Looks like some oil although some of it has dried and is pretty stubborn to get rid of.

    I've tried several de-greasers as well as lacquer-thinner but without much success.....so far none of the products I've tried seem to diluate the protective coating.

    Thanks
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    Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

    It's been a while, but I used to use plain old varsol. And yes, I found some of it a bit difficult to remove.

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        Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

        Got a lathe from Busy Bee.

        By the time I've bought it it was on special at $3,000.000 iirc

        Most accessories and the lathe itself are coated with some kind of protective oil . I'm told on another forum that the protective stuff is called Rust Veto

        https://www.busybeetools.com/product...ith-stand.html

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          I do the same as John. Varsol and a lot of rags. Thick areas can be scraped with a PLASTIC scraper especially if you soften it some with the Varsol first. Rubber gloves and a respirator or work outside/lots of ventilation.
          Enjoy the new toy.
          Pete

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            Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

            My batch of varsol is probably too old.....tonight I'll give some gasoline a try.....who knows.

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              Get some new varsol, gasoline is too dangerous.
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                Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

                Gasoline won't make the cut either.......

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                  Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

                  Are you solving the problem, or becoming part of it?

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                    Lantern kerosene from home hardware has disolved any grease and oil I've tried it on.
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                      Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

                      Unless a container of Varsol or similar is left open it doesn't get "old". You can wash parts and let the stuff settle and pour off the clean portion and use it almost indefinitely. Gasoline shouldn't be used, not because it won't work but because it is much more dangerous. It just takes a lot of time and elbow grease. You could try other solvents but the nice thing about varsol is it leaves a little bit of an oily film that reduces rusting.

                      Pete
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                        Yep, I've contacted Busy Bee Ottawa store where the lathe came from , but still awaiting an answer , the guy's name is Guy and he was very helpfull when I purchased the lathe , we'll see.

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                          Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

                          I am with Varsol. A light spray and 5 min later wipe off with a Cotton rage... and repeat.
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                          For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
                          Sir Isaac Newton.

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                              Re: Removing protective oil on a metal lathe

                              The coating may be Cosmoline although it is one of those trade names that gets used for any similar product. The removal is the same, Varsol which itself is a trade name referring to various brands of mineral spirits.
                              billh

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