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Wood Turning lathe (3) - Adding some colour

Updated: Apr 4, 2022

Further, Machines like this have an colour code based on age. Yellow/green/blue/black. This colour code is by no way official in any way. Its more a fashion that older machines follow, machines that often get renovated instead of replaced. The colours help with indicating the age of the machine since the last renovation but are by no way a grantee. either-way


The amount of rust looked worse then it is, most of the rust was surface rust instead of depth rust. Thusly some WD40 was enough to clean the rust from parts. After the WD40 cleaning a cleanse of metal degreaser would make sure the surface is ready to receive the paint

Talking about paint, lets first discuss colour theory and paint colours since some liberation was given before selecting the colours. First off is the colour that will be part of the machine from the get go. That colour is Signal Red, RAL code 3001. This colour is special and should be treated special since that it is from the emergency stop button. According to the ISO 13850 design principles of emergency stop systems. The emergency stop button needs to be clearly visible on the machine.

Meaning if the machine where made red, the stop button is no longer easily visible on the machine. Trough for this application an yellow disk could be used around the emergency stop. So red colours will not be used.

Another colour that would be on the machine and not in small quantities is silver. This colour comes from the guide rails. So, the accent colour of the machine will be silver. Hammerite Hammered silver H115 would be a nice colour for the details.

Further, Machines like this have an colour code based on age. Yellow/green/blue/black. This colour code is by no way official in any way. Its more a fashion that older machines follow, machines that often get renovated instead of replaced. The colours help with indicating the age of the machine since the last renovation but are by no way a grantee. either-way the colour of this decade is a light blue, while i am not fan of the light blue colour, blue does fit nicely with silver. Hammerite has a nice hammered dark blue H128 colour.

So that's decided, to use the dark blue for the machine colour and silver as detail. The parts that will be painted silver are any parts that have to be operated under normal machine use. Adding to a clear visual hint to what the operational parts of the machine are. So Lets get painting




with the blue done, and it does look good, I can attack the silver parts to give them all a nice coat of paint.


So with all the parts done and painted, it will be time for the next step of the process; assembly and electronics. As of this writing I am not sure if I will do first the assembly and then the electronics since they are kind of intermingled but deserve their own blogpost, another blog post is to work on the machine claw and make sure it operates smoothly again. Just for small sneak peak; I have filmed the process of assembling.

Trough for now I leave you with a nice overview photo of all the parts painted and awaiting assembly.



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