Spraying tools with polyurethane

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Forum topic by lysdexic posted 09-23-2011 06:20 AM 1202 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2011 06:20 AM

At one of the flea markets recently I can across a booth that had a lot of decent tools. At least they looked good. They had a consistent dark gray patina – no rust. After talking to the guy a bit he states that he coats all his tools with satin poly spray. I didn’t quite know what to make of it. It didn’t seem right so I walked on.

So, what’s the deal. Is this blasphemy. No big deal or what?

He did have a full set of Blue Grass Irwin style auger bits in a box for $45. Seemed like a decent deal that I regret not getting.

Thanks for any insight.

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 06:50 AM

They do that with Drywall knives and Wide Knives. These are around water and it keeps them shiney longer. I don’t think it would be a good idea on an auger bit though. Nor a hand plane or its inner parts. On a pipe wrench, why not. Maybe others would be fine too. I’ve seen it on some of the cheaper hand saws too.

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 05:12 PM

I don’t want that stuff on any of my planes.
He is just tryin’ to make the items look better to the potential buyer.
Caveat emptor.


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#3 posted 10-03-2011 01:21 AM

I’m betting he hit them with naval jelly first, leaving a zinc coating, then poly. leaving a gray finish. yuch.

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 05:16 AM

I really can’t identify a tool that has been treated with naval jelly. But, with this guy, all his tools were a uniform shade of gray and shiny. It just did seem like something a wanted to take home with no opportunity to return.

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