A couple years ago I posted about disassembling a Wilton vise. I received a comment on the post asking if I’d ever put it back together. I had, but never got around to posting it. So, here it is. I left off with the vise disassembled.
I used electrolysis to clean the larger castings of the vise. It is good at removing rust but also will remove and loosen paint.
I used a powered wire brush to remove the rest of the paint. It appears that someone had welded on the back of the vise jaw but I didn’t see a crack on the sides of the jaws. I’m unsure what caused the previous owner to do this. At first I was going to leave the ugly welding alone but later decided to clean it up with a grinder.
Here’s a pic of the movable jaw masked off and about to get shot with primer.
After the red paint dried I used a little white paint to detail the writing on the side of the body casting and reassembled the vise. I put a good amount of grease on the screw and rubbed all the bare metal down with a coat of oil.
I don’t use this vise much as I prefer to use my 6″ Wilton or my Prentiss, but it is still a nice vise.