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Old 11-06-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default Wilton 300S vise restore 1991

Wilton 300S vise restore
3 inch jaws and 26ish lb’s.
I picked this up on Craigslist for $110. It’s in pretty good shape to start and it is not missing any parts.


The action is a little sticky and it has been used outside for most of its life.


To start, I completely disassembled the vise.


Then I took a wire brush in a drill to most of the parts. The rust is not that bad and most of it came off with little effort.
I’m going to uses Permatex type anti-seize on all the threads. Super lube on the main slides and for a protector on the non-painted areas like the bottom clamp. Paint will be Rust-Oleum Hammered Metal Finish Spray, Verde Green.
I have some questions for the Wilton experts.
Is it worth doing a Molasses soak to get every last bit of rust or am I fighting a losing battle?
The center pin has markings on one side; do the markings go up or down?
Can you flip the jaws? Mine seen to be fitted/bent and only fit one way.
What’s the best way to clean off the rust on the horseshoe washer and handles?

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Old 11-06-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Default Re: Wilton 300S vise restore 1991

Great find!! I'd love to pick one of these up in the future. Keep us updated on your progress.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: Wilton 300S vise restore 1991

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Is it worth doing a Molasses soak to get every last bit of rust or am I fighting a losing battle?
It's not a losing battle to try and get the vise down to being absolutely clean if that's what you wish to do. How much effort you want to put into it is completely yours. If you're going to keep this vise for a very long time then that extra effort will certainly pay off with longer lasting paint. I use a combination of wire wheel, electrolysis, media blasting and good, old-fashion scrubbing with a wire hand-held brush and solvent.

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The center pin has markings on one side; do the markings go up or down?
I'm not entirely certain what part you're referring to here. Are you talking about the nut, the long, threaded female tube? If so, the flat spot faces downward when installed.

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Can you flip the jaws? Mine seen to be fitted/bent and only fit one way.
Hit or miss on this. If it works then it works. Sometimes I'm able to do this easily, sometimes they just won't line up correctly. I just finished up a 1965 4" 9400 and, when the jaws were flipped to have the nice side up, they were both offset by 1/8" in the same direction so I couldn't do it. That was disappointing.

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What’s the best way to clean off the rust on the horseshoe washer and handles?
I just wire wheel these parts. The wheel does a nice job, doesn't hurt anything and is easy.

Nice vise and deal. Good luck with it.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: Wilton 300S vise restore 1991

Thanks for the feedback. I plan on keeping the vise forever, so I guess that answers my own question on how clean it should be.
Here is the center pin. It seems to fit snugly with the marks down.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
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Ah, right. I've never actually removed that pin before. I would probably put the nicest, smoothest looking side up... if there is one.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:45 AM   #6
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Making some progress.
I wire wheeled everything except for the base last night and it is looking good. Paint should be here by the weekend.

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Old 11-07-2013, 10:28 AM   #7
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It's coming along very nicely. It will look great once you paint it.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #8
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I'm having trouble deciding if I want to paint the end cap and pins. I like to look of an polished end cap, but don't want to mess up the paint putting it back together. I will most likely pre assembled and tape everything but the end cap, jaws and handle.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #9
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That sounds like a good idea.. so it all looks clean AND painted.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:46 PM   #10
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Looking good
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:09 PM   #11
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To help you decide here's two 4" Wiltons I recently completed. One with a painted cap & pins, one without. My personal rule of thumb is to only paint them when they're not in nice shape. I prefer the contrast if they look good.

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Old 11-07-2013, 08:35 PM   #12
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very nicely done, keep us posted
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:06 PM   #13
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One step closer to done. Cleaned everything for the last time and prepped for paint. Lube/coated all bare metal parts with Superlube and assembled. Taped then acetone wiped and primed. Pins are in and are going to be painted. Endcap, handles and jaws will be polished and waxed.




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Old 11-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #14
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Paint is done. Still waiting on a deburring wheel to finnish off the handle and other small parts.

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Default Re: Wilton 300S vise restore 1991

I am LOVING the tricolor USA, may have to steal that one!
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:18 AM   #16
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GREAT job!! Damn, almost looks nice! You must be happy.
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:45 PM   #17
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Thanks guys
Paint turned out better than I expected. I used a toothpick for the red and blue, but that was a pain in the ass. Then I cut down a super small hobby brush for the white. For the recessed numbers you have to paint one then wipe it off or it makes a mess. I wanted to do the letters in white and I have blue and red so I thought Merica F#@ Yeah. It is almost to nice to be a working vise. First time I chip the paint will bring a tear to my eye.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #18
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Default Re: Wilton 300S vise restore 1991

Verde green looks good. I did my Wilton with off the shelf green hammertone and I hate it....seeing your,s make me hate it even more....nice vise!
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:31 PM   #19
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you did a great job on the vise the detailing on the paint really catches your eye the red, white, and blue on the USA is awesome
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:33 AM   #20
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Default Re: Wilton 300S vise restore 1991

Deburring wheel showed up last night so I was able to finish everything up. Now I need to find a spot for it.
Start.

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