It is no secret, I like old tools. Like many of you, I find tools in yard sales and thrift store with marks and decals that just don’t belong.
A few years ago, an antique dealer told me about something he used to remove permanent marker and decal residue from most metals and enameled surfaces. It safely removes the ink or glue residue without damaging enameled surfaces.
I have used it to remove unwanted permanent marker inks, label adhesives and even latex/acrylic paint splatters. I find it a lot friendlier than acetone for cleaning steal, enamel, and even glass surfaces for restoration. It is a non-abrasive solution for many surface cleaning needs.
It has become one of my main “go to” items when I bring home old tools. Don’t laugh, but here it is:
Pour a little on a paper towel or soft cloth and wipe over stained area. Marker ink comes off quickly with a little swipe. Adhesive residue and latex paint splatters sometime require a little elbow grease and a few applications.
Here are before and after pictures of marker ink on the tool chest I brought home yesterday.
Just thought I would share a little something from my bag of tricks. What are some things you have found helpful with cleaning and restoring tools?
-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim