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Forum topic by tsdahc posted 04-29-2012 03:36 AM 1276 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2012 03:36 AM

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I recently purchased some new to me, but lightly used hand planes. The two I am having an issue with has to do with the iron showing discoloring where Ive held it. I have a veritas LA block and a veritas shoulder plane. I am assuming the oils in my hands are causing the problem. I dont know if its rust begining or what. My question is how do I stop this from happening? I vaccuum and wipe down my planes when Im done with them for the day. How should I go about removing the discoloration and then protect it? I saw a video on Beoshield rust remover then protectant then wax, am I on the right track?

Appreciate all the help.

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 04:23 AM

It will have some effect where you touch it. That is the “Patina” that these people who collect are all for because it shows how the tool was held and used.

If it bothers you, a little rubbing with a pencil eraser will take it off. It has no effect on its function. Stay away from anything with silicone around anything for wood. It plays havoc with finishes. A little bees wax, a little machine oil. It is just part of a tool that gets used.

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 06:34 AM

I don’t know that you can really keep it from happening but it will clean up real quick with some 2000 grit sandpaper. I often clean/polish the metal on my nicer tools with a really high grit paper.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 09:28 AM

I believe camellia oil was the protectant of choice of in bygone years. Johnson’s paste wax works well, is cheaper and more available, and doesn’t leave the tool feeling greasy/


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 09:46 AM

Thank you guys for the tips. I use the paste wax on my bandsaw top as it seems to have the same issue where I place my hand while cutting. I will try and hit it with some 2000 grit then apply some wax. Since I spent decent money on the veritas planes I want to make sure to keep them in good shape, but these wont be show pieces there for doing work so I can live with a little patina, just will ty to keep it under control.

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 03:19 PM

Spray a some Camellia oil on a rag and just wipe the planes down when you’re done with them. Keep the rag and use it for pretty much all your tools. Every couple of months, give the rag a couple of spritzes and you’re good to go for years. It won’t discolor wood, so you don’t have to worry about that. Also, the best place I’ve found to buy it is at an Asian market. Waaay cheaper than ordering it from Rockler, Woodcraft, etc.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 05:08 PM Camellia Oil

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