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I am currently restoring a Rockwell/ Delta contractor Table saw- 34-426. Year-1971.

I am wondering wether I should repaint it or not. If I paint it it I will change the original grey color.

The original paint on the inside parts are not bad, some cool looking rust here and there. The frame paint is also in decent condition , I think. The stand got more rust and the table top is very rusty, which I will be cleaning up regardless.

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So here is my question: should I repaint or not? Should I preserve the original paint with the blemishes? Is there any more value in keeping the original paint? I am asking all these questions and at the same time envisioning some new cool colors on it, even pinstripes.

What do you experienced guys think. Please help this newbie with your opinions and suggestions.
Thanks a lot in advance 🙏
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Here are the pictures of some internal parts I already cleaned up . So you can see the condition.
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Depends! It is yours so you can do whatever you want. These saws have no particular antique value so don't worry about that. If you've got the time do it in candy apple red, complete with flames, have the top chrome plated.
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Depends! It is yours so you can do whatever you want. These saws have no particular antique value so don't worry about that. If you've got the time do it in candy apple red, complete with flames, have the top chrome plated.
Ha ha

I don’t have the ability to do all that. Let’s see what I can do.

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Have you visited the OWWM web site?

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Lots more information there about restorations.

It really depends some on your shop. If you clean some parts and expose some bare metal will the saw live in conditions where it will rust? Will it be kept in an unheated garage or leaky building or will it be in a nice temperature controlled building?

As a saw, it will never be worth more than a couple/few hundred bucks but that in no way impacts the fact that it can be a fine, good looking and highly usable table saw for decades to come. Painting it and cleaning it will give it a nice finished look for a while. It is already mostly apart after all. I guess the question is, why not?
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This is a question about the tradeoff between the aesthetic value and the practical value of the saw.

Did you buy it to use it as a day-to-day working saw? If so, I would paint it. Paint is a metal preservative, and would help protect against future rust while you use the saw over a lifetime.

Did you buy it as a restoration project, with the goal of bringing it back to its original glory, perhaps to use it for a little while, then sell it to a collector? If so, then don't paint it. I think that this scenario is less likely to work out than the "day-to-day" scenario above.
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I hate rust!

If the rust is somewhat easy to remove using a wire wheel or brush and some sandpaper by hand or on a ROS, do it. Then get some automotive self etching primer and spray it on, watching for runs. Spray it on with the surfaces laying horizontal if possible.

As far as colors they are about 6,000 colors and shades of grey. Machinery Grey even doesn't narrow it down all that much. I bought several shades of grey at Tractor Supply from their Majic line which is decent paint, and then chose the one closest to the factory color I could. I recommend keeping it as original as possible... just because. I "restored" an old South Bend metal lathe recently and now it looks almost original, the color is a bit lighter, but looks great.
Restoring tools and machines is not everyone's cup of tea, but once you get started you will get a lot of satisfaction from it.
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The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I usually try to paint a machine back to it's originally factory color if that can be found. The consensus over at old woodworking machines is to paint a machine any color that suits your fancy.

Paint doesn't seem to help much in my shop. I don't know if it's air pollution or what but after a year or so a black film seems to cover the paint. It's nothing that can be wiped off, it takes soap and water to get it off.
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Thank you Subroc, Woodnthings, ToolAgnostic and Steve Neul.

I appreciate the opinions and suggestions.

Woodnthings , that is some wonderful restoration right there. And yes I relate to what you are saying, it is very satisfying. &#x1f60a;

I hope to finish it sometime soon and I will post it here.
Thanks again.&#x1f64f;

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I think your saw will look pretty good once you clean-up the top.
So I wouldn’t paint it.
But hey, paint that workhorse work table. Ha.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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