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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 06-09-2015 12:44 AM 649 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2015 12:44 AM

I picked up a pretty nice Disston No. 12 for two bucks at a junk shop the other day. It’s in great shape, straight, nib, it’s even still pretty sharp. Someone spray painted the plate on one side with flat black. I can always sand it off, but does anyone have any suggestions that might salvage the etch if it still lurks under all that paint. Perhaps it’s a lost cause, but I figured someone here might have experience with this, since there are so many great saws out there with crappy scenes painted on.
Thanks!!

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA


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#1 posted 06-09-2015 04:01 AM

Razor blade works as a good first step. Low angle, won’t scratch unless your technique atrays, but it’s pretty easy.

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 04:07 AM

Is there any chance the paint is old enough to contain lead? If so, Evaporust might take it off. You could also try straight Simple Green, soak it overnight. I’ve had it take paint off things unexpectedly.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 05:50 PM

The orange citrus safe stripper stuff the big box stores sell doesn’t work as fast as the methyl chloride and other paint strippers but it does a decent job and is gentle enough. I don’t think it would remove the etch, but if it did it would just take the color out and you could redo it with bluing. If you sand it you remove metal and the etch could be gone for sure.

Smitty is a razor easier than it sounds?

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#4 posted 06-09-2015 06:57 PM

I recall Mark Harrell of Bad Axe had a tutorial on his website that talked about a razor blade as a first step. Haven’t confirmed, but I think so. It’s not tough, and you’ll know when it’s done all it can do.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 07:14 PM

Electrolysis will remove paint if given enough time… and will also remove any rust that may be present without harming the good metal.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I’ve gone through gallons of evaporust and have never had it remove paint?!?

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 07:19 PM

I typically use razor blades to get off heavy rust on saw plates before going into an evaporust bath. You might even get lucky and find that the paint has kept any rust at bay. If the razor doesn’t work you may have to go to some sort of paint stripper but id try least invasive measures first.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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