I just bought a new chisel, that has some sort of protective coating on it. I guess it is lacquer of some sort, but rubbing with pure acetone had no effect on it.
..gave me instant headache tho, so it does work for something..
The brand is Emilie Peyron, but the store I bought it at think it’s made by Stubai.
Is this a normal issue with new chisels? Is it anything that removes the stuff, other than abrasives?
White spirit worked instantly on mine (Kirschen). It seems to be quite common to give the blades a light coat, probably to protect it from rusting before they are sold.
When you “initialise” your chisel, the coating will be removed where you sharpen and polish. All other areas can stay coated, it does not matter for the work. so I wouldn’t get too serious about removing the lacquer.
Thanks for the replies!
Acetone didnt put a dent in it. Whitespirit the same. Some odd-branded paint thinner also didnt work. I probably should been more patient; I only gave it ten minutes in each before trying to get the stuff off.
Steel wool has never been something I’ve needed, I usually manage just fine with synthetic coarse/fine scrubbing pads. Those did not do much on this paint tho.
In the end I tried @hugonotti ‘s advice.
1500 grit sandpaper worked to remove most of it. – Theres a small spot left, about 1 cm from the edge. It’s flat at least.
I did realize why Paul pushes his chisels down with the very tip of his fingers, when he’s flattening the back, so I’ll leave this chisel be for a few days. ..at least until I got some skin back on my fingertips.
One product I have tried (after lacquer thinner didn’t work) is a product called “Goof-off.
Not sure of availability outside of Canada, but it is available at home depot relatively inexpensively. It is very high in VOC’s, so best used outdoors, but for ink, lacquer, and even epoxies nothing works better. It will also weld (or melt…) some plastics, so it is best used without rubber gloves on.
Some people may not wish to use such a harsh chemical, but for efficacy it can’t be beat.
Goof-Off, eh? That’s one I’ve never tried. It’s mainly promoted for removing latex paint, as is a similar product called Oops! both of which are sold in the US.
I suspect that different antirust coatings are used by different manufacturers, hence the varying recommendations above. Maybe they are moving away from true lacquers for environmental/legal reasons.
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