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Forum topic by Sean posted 09-11-2009 03:23 AM 1396 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2009 03:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane restoration stanley japanning

Hello all.
Recently I was lucky enough to acquire a Stanley 607 on ebay. Cleaning it up, lapping the sole, replacing the blade and chipbreaker. But one thing…the japanning. I don’t want to paint the bed with something shiny. I really prefer the finish that you find on the Veritas tools, that textured black matte. Has anyone any suggestions how to achieve this? I’ve been researching the internet and library the past 2 weeks, I’ve found nothing.


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#1 posted 09-11-2009 03:55 AM

I used rattle can black satin lacquer on mine and it turned out very close to the original finish.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 06:33 AM

here is a link that should clear things up about Japan coating metals and tools.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 06:53 AM

Thanks for the link John!!

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