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Forum topic by Ray posted 05-09-2015 01:33 AM 659 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ray

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05-09-2015 01:33 AM

I am baffled. I picked up a #80 scraper made around 1912 This will be my first vintage tool that I plan to paint.
It has been soaked in citric acid, scrubbed thoroughly with a 3M pad. When I take a clean cloth and mineral spirits to it, it never seems to come clean. I am now scrubbing it with a toothbrush and mineral spirits and my cloth continually comes up black, even on areas that still have shiny black paint.

What should I be doing to get this surface clean enough for repaint?

Thanks

-- Creating less fire wood every day


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#1 posted 05-09-2015 01:49 AM

Maybe the mineral spirits is dissolving the paint, let it dry and wipe with a clean dry rag, just a thought hope you get it worked out

Isn’t citric acid meant to strip paint off

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#2 posted 05-09-2015 01:57 AM


Maybe the mineral spirits is dissolving the paint, let it dry and wipe with a clean dry rag, just a thought hope you get it worked out

Isn t citric acid meant to strip paint off

- cutmantom

Almost all of the tool has been cleaned down to grey metal. I use citric acid to remove rust. There is no rust left on it. Citric acid did not remove any paint or whatever the original finish is.

-- Creating less fire wood every day

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 02:07 AM

The black is probably japaning not paint this is a coating used on tools at the r turn of the century and later one of the ingredients is asphalt. The mineral spirits is softening that. Cast iron will almost always leave a gray of black color on a rag no matter how clean. the cast has rather large pores it’s almost impossible to get everything out of them. That’s what makes cast so nice to cook in after it has been seasoned.

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#4 posted 05-09-2015 02:32 AM

Thanks guys. It looks like the both the grey metal and the black finish are probably ready for paint. I would have been working on this for days if you hadn’t helped out.

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