Wax over patina on a vintage hand saw that will be a user?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 05-22-2011 04:48 AM 3505 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2011 04:48 AM

I bought an old Lakeside Saw & Tool rip saw (Montgomery Ward brand from 80 or 90 years ago, I think) that I would like to use. The handle is solid and the steel blade is dead flat. I know that it needs sharpening, but what about cleaning and waxing it? It has beautiful patina, with almost no pitting, and the Lakeside etching is very clear. Should I lightly sand (or use steel wool on) the patina before waxing it, or can I put wax directly over the patina?

Hare are a few pictures (not especially clear, unfortunately):

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 03:34 PM

im not a 100% sure here but you may want to wash off any grime and dirt that has accumulated on the handle and then go for the wax. The existing finish on it may inhibit you from getting the results you’re looking for. A light sand with say 320 may help. Just my thoughts here, its a nice looking saw so there are probably some others out there with a little more experience than myself you might want to wait to hear from before going ahead with my suggestions.

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 06:22 PM

In regards to the patina on the metal, if it feels smooth enough not to
impede use of the saw, go ahead and wax it.

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#3 posted 05-22-2011 09:15 PM

If you’re not caught up in collecting & not hung up on leaving it as found, I’d use some fine (000 or 0000) steel wool lubricated with WD-40. I’ve used this combo on old saws & plane bodies & it leaves a nice finish without destroying the patina. Go easier on the lettering areas. Then clean with naptha or mineral spirits & wax. Then sharpen & enjoy. -SST

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 09:05 PM

Nice saw. I did a review a little while ago showing the product and method that I use to clean saw plates like the one you show here. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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