Spot-treating rust on a hand plane

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Forum topic by Brett posted 02-13-2012 03:39 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2012 03:39 AM

An old Bed Rock jack plane that I bought a couple months ago has good japanning, except over the raised 605 number in front of the knob. Those digits are quite rusty. Can I spot-treat them somehow so that the rust goes away but the jappaning doesn’t?

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 03:47 AM


You might try some Evaporust. It should not react on anything but the rust and it’s non-toxic.

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 03:46 PM

Thanks. I’ve used Evapo-Rust on plane bodies before, but only when I didn’t care if the jappaning came off. Has anyone one had bad experiences with Evapo-Rust removing good-quality japanning?

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 03:49 PM

Evapo rust has worked great for me too.

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 04:02 PM

Brett, I think that if Evaporust lifts the Japanning, it’s coming off eventually anyway. That’s probably a good thing because you don’t want a rust sandwich b/w the japanning and the metal. I’ve spot-buffed-off japanning before using a powered brash brush, cleaned the metal with acetone, then touched it up with automotive paint. This was many years ago and I haven’t noticed a change. That’s a very desirable plane, so I understand why you’d want to be the least aggressive as possible. Good luck!

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