I’ll be documenting my restoration on my blog also.
I got these on my last outing. I had just about given up hope when I saw one more yard sale sign on my way home. I managed to negotiate them down to $60. Its a Stanley #7C and #5C. The tote is broken on the 5, and the lip on the 7 also looks broken off. I’ll do a blog on restoring these once I can get some of my other projects squared away.
I don’t think these are the kind that should be kept in its original rusty condition, but if they are please let me know so I can sell them and get some new LN’s or LV’s instead. I want to have “users” not “collectibles”.
Since this is my first serious restoration I did a bit of research today. I’d like to take a stab at electrolysis rust removal and with that comes the need to replace the “japanning” (the black coating). I’m thinking that some sort of heavy duty paint would be good and easy. Some suggest an automotive engine paint and another recommended a epoxy enamel. What do you guys think?