Japanning Advice

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by mak posted 11-25-2013 02:34 AM 1406 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View mak's profile


29 posts in 2045 days

11-25-2013 02:34 AM

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

13 replies so far

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4214 days

#1 posted 11-25-2013 03:20 AM

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"

View dawsonbob's profile


2848 posts in 1751 days

#2 posted 11-25-2013 03:42 AM

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

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

View Don W's profile

Don W

18710 posts in 2563 days

#3 posted 11-25-2013 01:20 PM

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

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

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

10479 posts in 3424 days

#4 posted 11-25-2013 02:21 PM

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

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View mak's profile


29 posts in 2045 days

#5 posted 11-25-2013 02:54 PM

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.

View JayT's profile


5625 posts in 2207 days

#6 posted 11-25-2013 03:52 PM

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.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4214 days

#7 posted 11-25-2013 04:05 PM

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"

View mak's profile


29 posts in 2045 days

#8 posted 12-10-2013 01:43 AM

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.

View Tim's profile


3803 posts in 1957 days

#9 posted 12-10-2013 02:50 AM

That turned out great.

View Pezking7p's profile


3217 posts in 1647 days

#10 posted 12-10-2013 04:03 AM

Looks awesome!

-- -Dan

View shaver's profile


37 posts in 1723 days

#11 posted 12-12-2013 03:08 AM

wow, that looks sweet ;)

View exelectrician's profile


2327 posts in 2423 days

#12 posted 12-12-2013 05:55 AM

Paint = perfect!

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

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

View rommy's profile


13 posts in 1687 days

#13 posted 12-12-2013 11:36 AM

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

-- buy sildenafil citrate,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics