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I recently cleaned up a Stanley Bailey No 5 and I need some advice on the japanning. The japanning on the frog almost completely came off with the rust removal. The sole is in better shape. Based on what you see, what would you advise?

1. Paint just the frog
2. Paint the frog and paint over existing japanning on the sole
3. Strip remaining japanning from the sole and paint both

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#1 posted 247 days ago

Option #2 is what I do in a case like this, but it’s really all about what you want.

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

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#2 posted 247 days ago

Here’s an article I found that may give you the info you are looking for.
Hope it helps,

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#3 posted 247 days ago

I’m with Charlie. Option 2. Here is some help.

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#4 posted 247 days ago

Thanks Dawsonbob and Don W.
Lots of great info there for this novice.

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#5 posted 247 days ago

Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. Anything special I need to do to prep the existing japanning on the sole? I was going to feather the edges from bare metal to existing japanning and then scuff up the japanning with sandpaper to help the paint adhere.

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#6 posted 247 days ago

Two questions.

How much work are you wanting to put into the plane?
How historically correct are you wanting it to be?

Depending on your answers, Option 2 is the fastest and just fine for a user. Option 3 will probably give slightly better overall results. If you are a bit more ambitious, doing some home-made japanning would give results closer to the original finish than paint.

Best of luck with whatever you choose and make sure to post some after pics.

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#7 posted 247 days ago

mak: I’ve never had a problem with paint adhering to the old japanning. As long as it is free from dirt and grease, scuff sanding is not necessary. Feathering the edges might help the cosmetics slightly, but, again, is not really necessary.

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

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#8 posted 232 days ago

Thanks for all the advice and guidance. I opted to repaint the sole and I just finished everything up. I am really happy with the end result.

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#9 posted 232 days ago

That turned out great.

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#10 posted 232 days ago

Looks awesome!

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#11 posted 230 days ago

wow, that looks sweet ;)

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#12 posted 230 days ago

Paint = perfect!

And I like the way you polished the flowing side edges, so cool.

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#13 posted 230 days ago

It is look great and its shape is seems be good for cut the woods. Carpenter likes its design and it is effective.

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