As u may have seen on another thread, I inherited a south bend lathe and am in the process of cleaning and painting it . I'm up to the spindle assembly, and need an attack plan. I am getting ready to paint and degrease , my usual attack plan was easy-off sprayed on then hose off. I'm worried about the runoff of the cleaner and dirt, paint, WATER etc. getting into the bearings. The second option Is take the headstock apart and and follow my usual plan. My concerns lay with the bearing placements. They do have shims and are split bronze so, can I just pop it off do my cleaning, then put back together the same way and not expect problems. Or is it u take it apart and u have to rebuild.