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1933 Ford Fordor Sedan #13: Ebonizing the tyres, first timer.

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Blog entry by crowie posted 11-20-2019 08:48 AM 1491 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ebonizing the tyres, first timer.

And mistakes were made, yes.

You have to use Super Fine 0000 Steel Wool as the standard hardware steel wool doesn’t devolve.

After watching a couple of videos I decided make a brew of strong black tea to prep the timber.

I let the tyres dry then applied a coat of the white vinegar and steel wool solution.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie



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Dutchy

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#1 posted 11-20-2019 09:12 AM

My first time ebonizing was a disappointment. And the second one also. And about the steel wool also the courser ones will do the job, but it takes a lot more time. When I need new black liquid I start 6 weeks with the brew before I have to use it.

One question Crowie: “What is the wood you are using”? I always use european oak (Quercus robur/petraea) with lots of tanin.

For as far I can see you succeeded, isn’t it.

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crowie

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#2 posted 11-20-2019 09:35 AM



My first time ebonizing was a disappointment. And the second one also. And about the steel wool also the courser ones will do the job, but it takes a lot more time. When I need new black liquid I start 6 weeks with the brew before I have to use it.

One question Crowie: “What is the wood you are using”? I always use european oak (Quercus robur/petraea) with lots of tanin.

For as far I can see you succeeded, isn t it.

- Dutchy

Thank you Jan for the encouragement.
The tyre timber I think is Spotted Gum, an Australian Eucalyptus.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 11-20-2019 03:01 PM

looks like it worked for you Peter different woods have more Tannin in them they will get darker i just could not get passed the awful smell of the mixture would rather stain them LOL :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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crowie

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#4 posted 11-20-2019 08:56 PM

The smell isn’t an issue for me Tony as my nose doesn’t work.
A little dangerous at time with no sense of smell.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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htl

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#5 posted 11-20-2019 11:19 PM

Looking good!
Once you add the danish oil, lacquer or what ever they will darken up just right.
My problem with it is being water based, having the wood grain raise, so more sanding yuck!!! lol

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hookfoot

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#6 posted 11-20-2019 11:30 PM

They look great to me. Congratulation. I cheat on my wheels with satin black paint.

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anthm27

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#7 posted 11-21-2019 12:47 AM

Looking good Crowie, Looking real good

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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Pjonesy

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#8 posted 11-21-2019 12:53 AM

You going well Crowie. To get the tyres nice and black give them a light sanding then apply another lot of ebonizing when they are dry apply tung oil or similar and they will go darker and won’t fade.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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crowie

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#9 posted 11-21-2019 07:58 AM

Thank you one and all for the encouragement.

Peter a coat of Tung Oil has gone on.

I’m on the home straight now gluing up.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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robscastle

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#10 posted 11-21-2019 09:05 AM

Don’t forget the old trick of using Indian ink if you don’t want the smell.

-- Regards Rob

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 11-21-2019 11:14 PM

Great result Pete.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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bushmaster

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#12 posted 11-22-2019 02:13 PM

This is going to be a great model. Top of the charts.. I am working on a project and needed a black surface. I ended up buying a spray can of Satin black. I had tried India ink before but this satin paint has a very nice low sheen and would look like rubber tires as tires are not jet black. Sorta charcoal like.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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stefang

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#13 posted 11-23-2019 01:10 PM

Looks great. I agree with some of the others that the more tannin in wood, the better the ebonizing will work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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htl

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#14 posted 11-24-2019 12:31 AM

I just want to add that the big plus to blacking wood this way is you can still see the grain which with oaks grain pattern makes for one nice looking wheel or fender in this picture.

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