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Forum topic by onoitsmatt posted 06-30-2015 01:53 AM 742 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2015 01:53 AM

I picked up an ol Record 52 today. It’s in really nice shape except it looks like it was used to hold something being spray painted. So there’s a fair bit of gray spray paint on the front face, handle and top of the fron jaw. Any way to remove the gray paint without removing the original blue finish? Are these japanned blue? Thanks!

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ


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#1 posted 06-30-2015 02:16 AM

Try goof off. It might still work. Do it in a less conspicuous area though in case it decides to take off the original paint too.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#2 posted 06-30-2015 05:17 AM

WD-40 might work.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#3 posted 06-30-2015 12:51 PM

It might help to post pictures to help figure out how old it is and what type of record finish it’s likely to have.
This site has a lot of information on dating them and farther down it talks about the various types of finish.
http://www.recordhandplanes.com/dating.html

I used a citrus paint remover on a later model painted stanley plane and if you work really fast it does take off the spray paint before the original paint. I applied paint remover to the whole thing with a brush and eventually it bubbled up the original paint, but I don’t remember how much time I had between the spray paint coming off and the original paint bubbling up. I think it was a couple minutes. The spray paint did come off very fast and if I had been trying for that I think if would have worked. I’d suggest putting the paint remover on a rag, wiping the spray paint until it comes off and then being ready to rinse it thoroughly to get the paint remover off. And like luthierman said, try a less conspicuous spot first. You can get the citrus paint removers most places, it’s marketed as a safer, environmentally more friendly paint remover. Any of those marketed that way should be a little milder.

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#4 posted 07-01-2015 12:10 AM

Thanks for your input / suggestions. Here’s a photo :

Not sure why it’s upside down. :/

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#5 posted 07-01-2015 12:20 AM

Well my suggestion wont help you here. Thats a bit more than just a little overspray like I imagined. Have you thought about just going for a complete refinish and restoration? I bet somewhere out there someone knows what color those old vices were. If you plan on keeping it, do what you want and don’t worry about the value. A useful tool is way more valuable to me as a user rather than a shelf queen that I am too afraid of using because it wouldn’t keep its patina. Ask me how many planes that I have stripped and painted. I wanted to use it. I wanted it to work properly. I wanted it to look nice. So I did what needed to be done.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#6 posted 07-01-2015 12:20 AM

Are you sure there’s even any blue paint under that? Sorry, I don’t know Record numbers, so I assumed you were talking about a plane.

Edit: Oh yeah I agree with Luthierman. One of the pages I found when I googled for something like record plane japanning discussed the exact color standards for Record planes over the years, the one I linked to above had some of that too. But I don’t know if that vise was blue or not.

And I rotated the image for you.

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#7 posted 07-01-2015 12:27 AM

Ha. I think it looks worse in the photo than in real life. The rear jaw and mount are bright blue. The guts are all shiny and rust free. I’m in arizona so rust is typically minimal on a lot of tools I find. So though I am more interested in its utility than its beauty,I think it will be a really nice looker if I can get this paint off the front.

Thanks for fixing the photo. Here’s a few more:

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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