Ink Disk Problems

Ink Platter Rear

Ink Platter Rear

The first piece has been painted. I took off the ink platter, cleaned it and painted the under siThe top side will take some more work.

When the press was shut down and stored something was left on the platter – it was likely ink – and that has eaten into the surface. The Scotch-Brite pad on the die grinder is cleaning it up but there are quite a few pits left. So I took the sanding disk and tried to get more aggressive in polishing the marks out. I’m not happy with the results. I’m going to look for a machine shop to grind the surface on a lathe so as not to remove too much metal. But its a start!

Ink Disk Pitted Surface

Ink Disk Pitted Surface

Started looking for a machine shop and found one, but that started some real concern: We put a straight edge across the ink surface and discovered either the platter is seriously distorted – or it is supposed to be crowned (the center being some 3/16″ higher than the sides). I will have to wait until it is put on the lathe before we can be sure. In the meantime I’d appreciate if you can check their C&P ink platters to see it they are crowned or really flat?

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