I'm restoring a Champion post drill for my younger son who is into old tools.  It's not marked with a model number and the only way I can tell that it's a Champion is by a stamp on the tool holder that reads "CB&F Company, Lancaster, PA.

It's cleaning up pretty well just by using naval jelly, but I'd like to get the frame and a few other parts down to the bare metal.  Paint stripper doesn't touch it.  Naval Jelly takes a bit of it off, but in the areas where the finish is thick, the only way I can get it off is to scrape it off or wire brush it.  Then it comes off as a gritty powder. I'm wondering what in the world this stuff is that they used as a finish (hard to tell the exact color given its age - either black or dark grey?) but short of sandblasting which I don't have any cheap access to, how do you get this stuff off??  or should I just get the rust and any loose finish off and just paint over things? 

I'm 72 and have severe emphysema so I'm looking at trying to find the easiest way possible as I can't do much physically.

Any help would be appreciated!!
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Victor will certainly have a little more input on the stripping.  There are wire brushes and other wheels for an angle grinder that would be helpful.  Whatever you do be sure to get some quality dust or respirator, you don't want to breath that mess.  I'd suggest calling some of those guys that do sandblasting, they might be able to work it in and end up costing the same or not much more than all the supplies you'll use doing it (not including your time). 

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Hank Rearden
Hello there Len,
Below is a link of the restoration process I did on a Champion number 200 drill press. So here's what I recommend without seeing pictures of your project.

Simple Green and Purple Power are two degreasers that are biodegradable and do an excellent job at removing grease. My drill was coated with wax and dust over many years of non use. I used a wire wheel brush to get to the bare metal and then I spray paint. Sand blasting is another option but a word of caution here. If you sandblast, disassemble it entirely. Then use degreaser to clean the sand dust residue off of your parts.

If you post a picture of your drill I'll give you my two cents worth on what I would do to restore it.

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Thanks for everyone's interest in helping.  I was able to disassemble it without too many problems - patience and penetrating oil.  I was even able to get the hand crank gears off without too much hassle. I was able to raise the peened over edge a bit with a specially shaped cold chisel and then filed the lip off with a jewelers file.  I have most of the parts cleaned up fairly well, the big pieces (frame, flywheel and table support) are about all I have left.  as I mentioned in my initial post, I'd like to find out just what kind of finish they originally used - nothing seems to cut it.

I'm attaching a couple of pictures showing what I had to work with.  Also, since there were no markings on it, I'd like to find out what model it is and approximately when it was built, etc.

Again, thanks for the help and interest! IMG_8414 - Copy.JPG  IMG_8418 - Copy.JPG
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