I recently purchased a set of jaws for my lathe. What is the best way to remove the protective grease before using them for the first time?
John Brock: I use an old one-inch paintbrush and a little naphtha or mineral spirits in an inverted Frisbee to clean off the packing grease.
Michael Dresdner: I pair naphtha or mineral spirits with a gray nylon abrasive pad or stiff bristle brush, and don a pair of vinyl gloves. The solvent softens the grease quickly, and the pad helps dislodge it. Wipe off the resulting slurry with paper shop towels.