How I Do Hand Plane Rehabs #4: Painting the Base

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Blog entry by HokieKen posted 11-18-2016 04:06 PM 1360 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At the end of the last entry, we had our plane body stripped of the old japanning and ready to be painted. I picked up some paint and got our plane done yesterday.

I got my paint at Advance Auto Parts. It’s Dupli-Color Engine Enamel in gloss black:

Like I said in the previous blog, I’m not sure whether the gloss or semi-gloss is a better match but I prefer the look of the gloss. If you’d rather try the semi-gloss, it’s #DE 1635. I also pointed out that normally, I spray a self-etching primer before painting. But, most people just spray this stuff on bare metal so I’m going to be trying that with this plane.

Before I paint, I take a soft brass wire brush and scrub the plane then I clean it well with acetone. You can use mineral spirits or other solvents if you have them on hand. Just make sure they don’t leave any residue behind.

I wipe the acetone on an area liberally then immediately wipe it off with a clean rag. I repeat that process on each area to be painted until the clean rag comes off the plane clean. That way I know there is no residue. Once the whole thing is thoroughly cleaned, I wipe it all down and let the acetone evaporate.

Now I’m ready to spray the plane. I threw my old paint booth away so I had to build a new one since it’s too cold outside to paint.

Fancy huh? Crack a window or door and this is perfectly adequate for what I’m doing.

Now I’m pretty much just going to do like the can says. I shake it well to make sure it’s mixed and spray a coat on. The first and second coats are light coats. Just a quick pass over the full length, flip the plane around and a quick pass on the other side. You can see after 1 coat I don’t even have full coverage.

I wait 10 minutes then spray a second coat the same way. After 10 more minutes, I spray the third coat but this one is a bit heavier and I make sure I have full coverage. Don’t forget about the ends at the heel and toe if you’re painting them. Here is after the 3rd coat.

I made a bit of a bonehead move when I took the above picture and bumped my fancy paint booth. Some little cardboard dust floated down into my paint :-( Oh well, nothing to be done about it. I’ll cover them with the fourth coat. If necessary, I’ll go back and sand it a bit and spray an extra coat BUT NOT UNTIL AFTER AT LEAST 7 DAYS.

The application window on this paint is critical. You have an hour from when you start spraying to get all your coats on with 10-15 minutes between coats. After that, you can’t spray it again for 7 days. You do not want to violate these times (they are specified on the can). DAMHIKT

I spray my 4th and final coat. I had enough time to get another coat on if I needed to but we should be good with 4. Here we are after the final spraying:

So there we have it! The cardboard particles that got on aren’t visible but give a slight “texture” to the surface. It’s cast iron so it’s not terribly noticable. Unless there turn out to be problems with adhesion, I’ll leave it like it is. If I do decide to repair it down the road, I’ll just sand it down smooth with some wet/dry paper and spray another thin coat on.

Next time, we’ll polish up our hardware and see what we’re gonna do about the wooden tote and knob.

Thanks for reading! Comments and questions are welcomed.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#1 posted 11-18-2016 05:21 PM

Interesting blog showing the details…..thanks

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 09:25 PM

Coming along nicely. Luv the paint booth

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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