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    I am going to do it, it is done

    OK, I am going to rework one of my planes. I have it stripped and in a bath of evapo-rust. How long can I leave it set? Until morning? About 10 hours from now? Once out, how do I clean it? Just rinse it off with hot water and dry?

    Once that is done, I am going to lap the bottom. Going to start with 120, then 180 and finish with 220. Sound good?

    Give me pointers because this thing is a go.
    Last edited by Steve Southwood; 10-10-2011 at 02:46 PM.
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    Don't know the answers but I sure would like to know as well.
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    When I have done mine I have broken it down then let it soak in a bucket of very hot water for about an hour. (I have never tried chemicals) then I have used a small scraper to gently take off all the loose material and from there used a wire wheel on my drill press.
    After I removed all the rust and got it back to the bare metal I mask off the sides and bottom and use duplicolor ford engine black. (I got this from another site. Ill post the link) you have to put the coats on every 10 minutes until you get it where you want. If you wait too long then you have to wait for the paint to fully cure before starting again.
    After I have completed the paint and it is dry I remove the tape assemble it and then go about polishing and truing the body. I have an edge sander that I make sure the table is at 90 to the platen and depending on the amount of pitting will start as low as 100 but sometimes as high as 150 and go to 320 which gives an almost mirror polish. Sharpen the blade and chip breaker and clean up the knob and tote then she's ready to go.

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    Steve I have used the vapo rust and its fast acting. The thing to do is get your hands in there and work the tool over with a brush. I have used those cheapo brass imitation bristle brushes from $ store. The vapo rust needs some agitation to get at the rust while it works. Then when its done you done rinse it just wipe it dry. The vapo leaves a coating which will stop it from flash rusting again. Cause you know cast iron when its been stripped and air hits it
    If you leave stuff in the bath to long it will go black as it carries on working. Let that happen too much and it will shorten the vapo life. When its all black then the vapo is used up. But i have re bottled mine, let it rest and the suspende stuff settles. But even the actual liquid eventually goes black and it looses its effectiveness.
    As to what you do with your plane well i leave those choices to you.
    I flattened mine on granite with water papee all the way to a polish. But i am crazy Then i use the lv waxlite stuff and coat it.

    Enjoy and dont forget just cause pic police are lying low we still need pictures

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    Overnight soak won't hurt the plane, but it really only need a few hours in the Evaporust. Use a red or gray Scotchbrite pad to remove residue, rinse well, and get some oil on it or else it'll re-rust pretty quickly.

    As for flattening, first check to see if it really need flattening. many - maybe even most - of the oldies are flat enough 'as found.' Put a sharp blade in it and try it out. If it works well, then it don't need fixin'.

    If it does need flattening, your proposed swquence will work well. I do mine on a granite slab, with wet/dry paper. Finishing at 220 is adequate, but I've sometimes gone on to 320 and 400. (overkill, actually).
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    Well she is out of the bath. Yep, over night was way too much. Live and learn. I wasn't planning on a coat of paint, but it will need to be done now. Not sure if the evapo-rust did it or it was just loose. Most Japaning is off or loose. I have most of the small stuff cleaned back up, as I did have some blacking. 4AM provides an early start.

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    Perfect timing on this question Steve since I have been acquiring a "few" planes lately, I have some that need a little resto also.

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    What to do with the knob and tote once the old finish is removed? Leave it bare or what? I am thinking a light coat of shellac. Better options?
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

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    BLO and varnish on the knob and tote.

    Use that engine paint for the body. It holds up real well and looks alot like the old time japanning
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    Rich, I found the paint. I read some where it is good. I got it at Autozone.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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