Restore folding wooden rule

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    Ed
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    I’d like to restore the folding rule in the photo. For my eyes, I need dark lines and good contrast. Notice there are some stains that look like spills. All I’ve tried so far is wiping with a damp paper towel. Ideally, there would be some way to darken the lines and lighten the wood and similarly for the markings on the brass. Is there a way to do that? This is a Stanley No. 84 with a Sweetheart marking.

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    #778882
    Darren
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    0000 wire wool with meths will get rid of the dirt and grease, although if some of the lines are just dirt rather than paint it will get rid of those too. Might also work on the stains.

    You could then try wood bleach (not household bleach) on the remaining stains, I’ve had good results with that.

    Good luck!

    Darren.

    #778887
    Ed
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    After cleaning, are the markings deep enough that I could apply something black, then scrape or sand just the surface, leaving the black in the markings? I can’t quite tell if there is enough depth there. If I used a black dye, it might bleed into the surrounding wood or go too deep. Maybe I could crayon on some of my darkest filler wax? If it rubs out, I can rub more in, and it won’t bleed.

    #778891
    Darren
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    Potentially, the ones I have are slightly recessed below the marks.

    You could try a sealer such as shellac over the whole surface before trying to draw / paint / dye the lines back in, that should stop bleed through?

    #778902
    Ed
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    It would _might_ take care of the bleeding, but might fill the markings. 🙂 Sometimes, though, dye can get into end grain, like on the walls of the incised marks, and then propagate through the wood and cause bleeding nearby.

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