Cleaning paint from knob and tote of Stanley Bailey plane

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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-19-2011 05:26 PM 1374 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2011 05:26 PM

How can I remove the paint splatters from the knob and tote of a 1920s-era Stanley Bailey hand plane without damaging the finish. And speaking of which—does anybody know what kind of finish it is?

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#1 posted 08-19-2011 07:43 PM

To scrap the paint splatters off knobs and totes I use a simple exacto knife or razor blade. It will scrap the paint right off and if your careful it wont damage the wood at all.

I don’t know what finish was originally used. I would imagine some kind of clear finish oil or lacquer.

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#2 posted 08-19-2011 09:11 PM

Try a water based paint stripper to keep those varnish chips out of your eye. Sand the front handle up on your lathe or drill press on a simple mandrel. TruOil seems a favorite to use in restoration.

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#3 posted 08-19-2011 09:21 PM

Mineral spirits and 0000 steel wool works for me…BC

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 03:56 AM

i usually just strip it and refinish with BLO, but for spot removeal, if the about recommendations do not work, try goo-off. You’ll need to be very selective, because it will remove the shellac as well if you over do it. Coat with BLO after should blend it. I usually apply the BLO with a fine steel wool.

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