You Can Never Be Sure What Coverage You'll Get

We were in and out of the house today so there was no sustained time to sit down and continue cleaning parts for the Stanley Miter Box I started rehabbing. Our interrupted pattern did allow me to space out some coats of paint on the base.

Just as a reminder, here's where we started,

Here's the base after scrubbing off the rust, stain, and grime.

And here it is with the paint applied.

I laid down a couple coats of black lacquer spray paint throughout the day. I'm not sure how the original looked when it rolled into stores but I just didn't like the look with the stamped numbers the same homogeneous black as the background. On one of our last trips around town we were supposed to stop and pick up a different color spray lacquer for the back wall. I decided to add another stop to a hobby and craft store.

I like enamel model paints for several things. I've even been known to use them to dress up hardware and get things to blend or color match. I was thinking I would pick up a red to carefully paint on the numbers and get them to stand out. Instead of grabbing to go I stopped and surveyed the colors. Eventually I decided the "Flat Steel" paint would match very close to what the original color of the back wall may have been.

There were four on the shelf, I bought all four just to make sure I had enough.

After all the coats were finished on the back wall and I'd gone over the stamped numbers with a detail brush I'd used a grand total of one half of one jar.

Now I have to decide if it's worth my time to return this massive amount of paint back to the store.

Ratione et Passionis.


  1. Great Project Derek! You are really cleaning that up nicely. I have a Sheldon vise that I cleaned up using electorlosis. I have yet to install it but the rust has been sneaking back. Not sure if I should seal ir or simply paint it like you've shown.

    1. Hey Chris.
      It's amazing to me how insidious rust is, the crap just never takes a vacation. If it were my vise I'd probably paint it, probably with the same high temp enamel spray paint they make for engine blocks. My big ass machinist vise came from my wife's grandfather to me and it was one big rust coated block at first. Fully functional and greased in the working parts, but a solid layer of rust otherwise. I took it apart, scrubbed it down with some cleaner and a wire brush, and gave it a couple coats of that engine spray paint and years later it still looks good.

      My two cents I guess.

  2. That looks great Derek! Are you going to rehab the saw that came with it?

    1. Jamie,
      With the exception of the "dog" of a handle the saw is in pretty good shape. The plate is straight, the back isn't pushed down tight to the plate so the tensioning is still good, and the teeth look like they're in good shape and may just need a little file and set check.

      I've been downloading miter saw pics the last few days to help me make a new handle when the time comes and wishing I could find something to scale, I might have to check the Disstonian Institute again to see what they have.


  3. Great job. I really need to get a mitre saw. Are you worried that the detail paint will rub off? My recollection is that Testor's paint is not very durable.


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