What film is on my new to me Ulmia two cherries gouges? I am stumped.

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09-05-2015 05:22 AM

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Bought a set of Ulmia Two Cherries gouges on the bay. There’s some type of protective finish film on them that is coming off exposing shiny steel. I tried lacquer thinner, denatured alcohol then mineral spirits and it won’t come off. I’m starting to wonder if the prior owner put polyurethane on them? It sands off into a white powder. I’d like to get the film off the gouges for aesthetic reasons. But I’m stumped. Thanks. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#1 posted 09-05-2015 04:23 PM

Try using a commercial brush cleaner. This is just a paint remover without the “glop” and with some additives to make the brushes end up supple. Apply with some four ought (0000) very fine steel wool to five it a little abrasive action. I use this method to refinish furniture (does a great job).

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 12:07 PM

It could be boiled linseed oil, but that would not sand to a white powder and should come off with Denatured Alcohol. It can almost flake off into peels if they sat for a while. You could try some 0000 Steel wool and tarnish remover.

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 02:49 PM

I use try denatured alcohol first.
If that doesn’t work, then lacquer thinner.
Can take the writing off if its printed (how do I know that?).....

Or, you could always call customer service.

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 03:00 PM

Brake fluid, takes the finish of anything.
my guess is it dipped in varnish.You could email the makers of Two Cherries and ask if they dip there tools and what it is.I’m sure it’s to keep it looking new and not rust.

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#5 posted 09-09-2015 04:26 PM

Maybe try soaking in lacquer thinner.

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 12:22 AM

Dumb Question … can it be sharpened off?

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 12:26 AM

Acetone is one of my favorite cleaners. It works on just about eveyrthing.

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#8 posted 09-10-2015 12:42 AM

probably spray shellac

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#9 posted 09-10-2015 01:39 AM

Dumb Question … can it be sharpened off?

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#10 posted 09-11-2015 03:36 AM

Not shellac. Not lacquer. I already sharpened them. Currently they look crappy although they work well. I guess I just like nice looking tools. I’m going to try paint stripper next then brake fluid. And then I give up. I can live with ugly gouges. :)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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