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Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby PVF1799 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:15 am

Hi all - I've got the lift spring from my manual lift in the e-tank, getting cleaned up. Oviosuly the spring is relaxed and tight. Wondering if there is any trick for painting the inside so it looks nice once it's installed. I guess I should have said first, how does one prep the inside of the spring for painting?

The seat spring of course was easy.

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Re: Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:57 am

Might be a good candidate for the blast cabinet, for cleaning. Painting, spray, best you can. Ed
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Re: Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby Ole90633 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:06 am

Piece of cake :D

Hang it from an overhead point (chain hoist, etc.), hang concrete blocks from the free-end until spring has lengthened to expose the coils adequately, run a steel bore brush (Fastenal is your friend) through it, paint in position... reverse process and install.

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Re: Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby PVF1799 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:15 am

Ole90633 wrote:Piece of cake :D

Hang it from an overhead point (chain hoist, etc.), hang concrete blocks from the free-end until spring has lengthened to expose the coils adequately, run a steel bore brush (Fastenal is your friend) through it, paint in position... reverse process and install.

:{_}:


Howdy and thanks for the feedback.

Is this the type of brush you use?
http://www.fastenal.com/web/products/abrasives/brushes-and-deburring-products/honing-brushes/_/Navigation?term=&termca=&termpx=&sortby=webrank&sortdir=descending&searchmode=productSearch&rfqXref=&rfqKeyword=&rfqId=&rfqLineId=&r=~|categoryl1:%22600948%20Abrasives%22|~%20~|categoryl2:%22600967%20Brushes%20and%20Deburring%20Products%22|~%20~|categoryl3:%22610138%20Honing%20Brushes%22|~
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Re: Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby Ole90633 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:12 am

Ken, you're welcome...

I don't have the part number of the bore brush I got from Fastenal anymore; worked with the counterman to find the longest shank available for the diameter I wanted. Really helped with the front/rear cultivator assist springs, though I had to make a longer adapter for my 1/2" drill motor.

I've even made a short "leg", long "arm" I~~~~~~~~~~I-bracket to keep spring coils moderately open while bead-blasting or painting so as top hit all surfaces; makes a great handle too.

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Re: Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:14 am

don't stretch it any further than necessary nor leave it longer than necessary, they are old and metal fatigue will cause it to stretch and not have as much pull as original if you are not careful.
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Re: Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby bob in CT » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:05 am


Ken, those are hones, not brushes. McMaster is a good source too. I have a number of sizes for this purpose including a large duct brush with extensions for cleaning the inside of torgue tubes and axle housings http://www.mcmaster.com/#tube-brushes/=n8e06g

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Re: Cleaning & Painting Lift Spring

Postby Rudi » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:43 pm

Ken:

Rifle or gun bore brushes work very well. I get them at Princess in different sizes. I would like some bigger ones but the few I have used so far have done the job.

These types are available at Harbor Freight:

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9 Piece Tube/Pipe Nylon Brush Set - $4.99

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10 Piece Tube Brush Kit - $6.99

It is nice to have varying sizes on hand. Plus the price isn't so steep that if you ruin one it hurts.... :wink:
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