Spray Painted BedRock

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I was hoping to get some help restoring a Stanley Bedrock. I bought the plane for about $25. Part of the tote and the body was spray painted light blue. Primarily I’m going to use this plane but I also want it to look nice. My question is how do I remove the spray paint? I don’t care if I remove the Japanning or if it stays on.

I have experience with electrolysis but I’ve never been able to remove the Japanning using this method. A fellow on LumberJocks named Dave had a post that suggested using Kleanstrip with phosphoric Acid??
He restored a 4 and left the plane with bare metal then coated with carnuba wax which I thought looked awesome.

Any help or thoughts would be great.

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#1 posted 924 days ago

I used a commercial stripper (KleenStrip?) from Menards on one of my planes … took it down to bare metal.


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#2 posted 924 days ago

You could sand it smooth and simply repaint it w/ black spray paint. Sand and refinish the tote, should be pretty easy to fix that. Good luck.

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#3 posted 923 days ago

+1 for chemical strippers. you could even use a cheap paint thinner like methylethylketone (MEK). where did you find it for $25? nice find!

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#4 posted 923 days ago

You could get it media blasted at a metal shop, that would leave a really nice surface.

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