How do I clean UHMW off a plane

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Forum topic by Tod posted 02-21-2018 06:35 PM 628 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2018 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: uhmw tool maintenance

I recently used two VERY nice planes to resurface what is apparently an UHMW polyethylene cutting board. Now that I am done, I cannot remove the waxy shaving residues from the soles of the planes. I am confident that it is not food residue. Any experience?

-- Tod, Powell Ohio

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#1 posted 02-21-2018 06:38 PM

Acetone, lacquer thinner, naphtha, sharp scraper, boiling water

What have you tried?

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 06:39 PM

I would scrape it off with a razor blade or
card scraper. Planing painted wood sometimes
causes this issue as well.

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 06:42 PM

Razor blade.

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 08:33 PM

The razor blade trick will do it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 02-21-2018 10:33 PM

Thanks, folks. I tried scraping and several solvents without success before asking, but acetone and a paper towel just made my Lie-Nielsens and me happy again!

-- Tod, Powell Ohio

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