Been using this old No. 80 for a long time and it definitely appeared to have seen better days. As this tool is not a collectors item I decided it was time to refurb an olde friend.
Used electrolysis to clean it up.
Made up a solution of Japan mix using Asphaltum in a glass jar. Waited about a week – shaking a couple of times each day for it to dissolve/go completely in solution.
Painted a couple of light coats of the solution on the no. 80, and then it went through a baking schedule increasing the temp. each time until it reached 450 F. for 30 min.
I think it came out very nice and its a joy to use again.! Defintely nicer looking and far more resistant to abrasion and chemicals then any paint job. The jappaned surface is VERY Tough!
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