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Appreciate the favorable comments, cause I was somewhat skeptical myself about trying out nickel plating process on vintage tools. After cleaning, steel wool, filing, sanding, minor grinding, spit polishing, (used all the techniques on web), identified each part (including the small J springs in the chuck), simply sent parts out to professional nickel plater along with some other items, in order to meet their minimum order (batch cost around $100+) Was very well please with the results…. Use Ren wax that doesn't wellow, nor leave finger prints on parts. Just haven't gotten around to re-japanning painting yet!
Jim (JFS.brand)
ps researched, nickel plating myself, but decided against the idea for environmental reasons, concerns about pre-treatment wash & possible plating peeling over time….. wanting the grandkids to treasure their #4 Stanley plane (project posted), #5 Miller Falls eggbeater (now posted), Disson saw (work in progress), etc., etc….

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I tried to preserve the vintage look by leaving very slight pitting & scratches,
not making the parts look better than new. Simply, cleaned & polished!
Jim
ps Not all parts in my tool collection get this treatment. So much work, so little time!
 

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Looks very nice.
 

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Oh! Almost forgot….

Painting on top of nickel plating, NOT A PROBLEM…..
Used Model Master"s: Ford Engine Red, then sprayed on Ultra Gloss Clearcoat to smooth & protect paint finish.
Jim
ps Can't believe, I'm commenting on my own post. Must be having a senior moment or two….haha!
 

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Looks quite nice. My dad had one of these. Brings back memories.
 

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Do you know who made this? I have one that was passed down from my grandfather. Just wondering if there was a brand. Also 6 Disson saws, 3 other hand drills, and a bunch of older planes I'm trying to bring back to life and use. They don't make tools like they used to, so I'd rather restore….
 

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The brand on drills is usually located on the flat metal crank handle. Miller Falls, Goodall, Yankee, Stanley were popular names. If you cannot read the brand, drop the level in vinegar overnite & wash & rub off the rust. Saws & planes are both worth restoring & sharpening for everyday use.
Have fun!!!
Jim
 

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Oh! Almost forgot….

Painting on top of nickel plating, NOT A PROBLEM…..
Used Model Master"s: Ford Engine Red, then sprayed on Ultra Gloss Clearcoat to smooth & protect paint finish.
Jim
ps Can t believe, I m commenting on my own post. Must be having a senior moment or two….haha!


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What kind of paint did you use, Acrylic, Lacquer?
 

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Model Masters - available at most hobby stores
Lacquer Top Coats
2017 - Gloss Clear 2 oz Bottle
201503 - Flat Clear 1 oz Bottle
201616 - Semi-Gloss Clear 1 oz Bottle
1959 - Satin Clear 3 oz Spray
28139 - Ultra Gloss Clearcoat 3 oz Spray
196003 - Flat Clear 3 oz Spray
196109 - Gloss Clear 3 oz Spray
 
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