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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-17-2011 07:11 PM 1463 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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08-17-2011 07:11 PM

I purchased a Millers Falls No. 2 hand drill recently that is in good shape mechanically, but the finish on the handle and knobs is pretty rough. Should I try to sand off the old finish and put a new one on, or try to remove it with some sort of solvent? I’ve never done this before, so I’m trying to explore options.

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Bertha

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 07:14 PM

Brit’s the brace expert around here. I used some gel paint remover to strip some similar tools to the bare metal. I followed up with a powered brass brush. Nice score, Brett.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 07:20 PM

Thanks, Bertha. The finish I want to remove is on the wood, so I won’t be trying the paint remover there, but if I decide to go “whole hog” and refinish the whole thing, that sounds like a good idea.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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Tim Kindrick

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 08:34 PM

Brett, check out this blog on restoring braces. http://lumberjocks.com/Brit/blog/24957

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#4 posted 08-17-2011 08:36 PM

^that’s the link I was looking for! How about a card scraper to get the gunk off, then a bit of turpentine+beeswax, maybe? :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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