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Posted on Reliable way to remove all japanning?

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 02:39 AM

What I found works best is kicking the charger up to 10amps overnight to get any tough japanning off (I left everything OUTSIDE for good ventilation). At the 2amp setting, not much progress was noted.

Black automotive semi-gloss is the best to use for replacing the japanning if you are not going with the original asphalt japanning. Three to four coats about 5min apart, just long enough that you do not run. You want a very thick final coating, enough that you have a hard time reading any stamps (Sargent, Stanley, Record, etc.) while the paint is wet. The paint will shrink as it dries over the next 7 days and you will end up with a very nice coating.

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