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Forum topic by andy6601 posted 09-30-2011 02:57 PM 2105 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2011 02:57 PM

I found this guy on craigslist for $20.00 bucks, now it looks 100 times better than when I bought it, thanks to a gallon of evapo-rust! Now here lies my question, should I try to fix the paint or japaning as I think it is called? I want to make this into a good useable plane, not a dust collector to sit in a display case. However I do not want it to start rusting again… what should I do? I bought the plane for this reason to fix it up and have a great fore plane but at the same time I am not so worried about getting it back to mint condition, so any input I would greatly appericate.

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 03:20 PM

A #6 of that era is a good user, and not really scarce enough to worry about preserving the original appearance. I think re-coating it will make it easier to maintain as well as more appealing. I have really liked the finish from using Duplicolor ceramic engine enamel – the Ford semi-gloss black is an excellent match for the original Stanley finish.

Edit: Don’s instructions are really good, but I would recommend doing the lapping before any painting.

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Don W

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 03:23 PM

The japanning looks like its pretty well gone. I’d strip and paint it. Here's some info if it helps.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 03:26 PM

Ditto the above comments. Just wire brush the current japanning to remove anything loose or flaky, mask off the screw holes, sides, and anything else you don’t want painted, and spray away.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 04:39 PM

Another option is to coat the bed of the plane with some schellac. It will inhibit the rust and can easily be removed if need be.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 04:45 PM

I’ve used gel paint remover to remove japaning. It’s really nasty stuff and it’ll burn like the devil if you get it on you. Thus I’m not necessarily advocating it’s use, rather just pointing out that it works;) If I think a user will please my eye more painted, I’ll paint. If I can avoid it, I might. Wax and shellac should prevent the majority of rust issues. Good luck!

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

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 05:33 PM

Well I think I need to do something, because I believe if I leave it as is the japanning is just going to keep chipping off. So lots of good ideas on how to remove the old stuff. Thanks everyone!

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#7 posted 10-01-2011 01:42 AM

I’ld strip it, hit it with rustoleum undercoat and then black rustoleum… or the same thing from the auto parts store and enjoy it. Tape off the bearing areas or simply file them clean after painting.

-- Gary Roberts,

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#8 posted 10-03-2011 02:59 PM

I will post pictures of her when she is all finished. But at the rate I am going I might be putting a bow on it and sticking it under the Christmas tree!

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