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Brett

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1104 days ago

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?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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Dan

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#1 posted 1104 days ago

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.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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wingate_52

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#2 posted 1104 days ago

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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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1104 days ago

Mineral spirits and 0000 steel wool works for me…BC

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Don W

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#4 posted 1104 days ago

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.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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