I guess this is kind of a venting process. Ive recently restored a few Bailey’s (#3 and 2-4’s) and its getting addictive. Ive cleaned some and Ive tuned some but putting a fresh coat of paint, polishing the brass, and refurbing the totes and knobs is very rewarding. Ive accumulated more baileys than I need, but when I see one I want to make it shine again(hopefuly better). Amongst other hand plane stuff I am “refurbing” my 4’s. ended up with a union in the deal, and I must say its one of the most interesting I have ( has the 2nd stanley type frog/reciever and a really thick blade). Ill start with some before and afters ive done then show my Electrolysis setup to show the process/progress. BTW, I used Epoxy enamel for my paint( this will be shown later on)
Also, I take all precautions with the electrolysis process I can think of. Setting it to low and letting it work its magic for a day seems to work. Also, I “shield” the anode and cathode with plastic paint screens just as an overprecaution.
Notes(its late, so please excuse the irratic ):
I use pliable wire attached to alligator clips for my derustification ( negative lead attached to planes) the Postitive ( rust collectors peek out of the water and rest on the edge. Have some more rust collecting metal on the end that is submerged.
I go through a few stages of electrolysis and paint stripping- to get it down to the metal. And I put them in whole (minus tote/knob) on the first go around. After that its scrub city to remove the oxidation( byproduct)
I use evaporust to keep the cast iron from flash rusting. This seems to happen within an hour
I strip the nickle off if it looks pretty bad, them sand/ polish the cast iron lever( I actually prefer the look vs. peeling nickle)
If the totes are rosewood and look cruddy but not broken, the buffing wheel does wonders.
Painted totes can look good with about 20 coats of enamel (3rd pic w/black)
The 3 has some war production characteristics the first 4 is probably pre war and the second 4 is just post war I believe.
DANGER! Electrolysis is easy, but make sure to learn all about the risks and dangers, there are enough! Please understand this would be a very incomplete guide on Electolysis.
And off we go: