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Posted on Restoring hand plane-1st timer w/ questions

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 01:56 PM

Those spots are indeed some pitting. I agree with just counting them as character, but it you really want to get them out, the only way would be to remove enough metal from the plane to get to the bottom of the pits. Short of that, evaporust is a good way to go. It won’t remove the pits obviously, but it can lessen the appearance of them especially if you wire brush them after. Come to think of it it’s worth trying the wire brush first before chemical methods, as it may do enough. Try a fine brass wheel first, then you can work up to coarser steel or braided steel, etc if you want. I usually use citric acid instead of evaporust because it is so much cheaper than evaporust, but it does etch all of the metal a little bit. Evaporust is acid based too but it has other things in it that seem to make it gentler on the metal that isn’t rusted. The cost is not worth it to me except for tools that are special in some way. It’s $25 a gallon or so so not terribly expensive and a gallon can clean a lot of tools since you use it over and over.

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