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Getting stubborn lacquer off.

Postby 2ba4t » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:07 pm

I have a Mira 183 which blows beautifully but the lacquer has gone off and it looks as if it has leprosy. I tried a heavy sisal wheel which does remove it [and lots of brass] :evil: but this is heavy and slow work. Any really viscious stuff out there nowadays. Historically tubenet has discussed this but the stuff seems not available in little ol' UK.
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Re: Getting stubborn lacquer off.

Postby bloke » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:03 pm

nor guns...nor (soon, apparently) knives.
There's no magic bullet other than lacquer stripper. :|

If nitrocellulose (or weird "King" lacquer), full-strength (~not~ the weak/lame lemon-scented...and Easy Off brand is the really good stuff - in the USA) works fairly well, and also oxidizes the surface of the metal.

...and search engines are showing me that Easy Off isn't available in the UK..."because"...

Damn...It appears that it's even really difficult to buy lye, in the UK... :roll:

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Re: Getting stubborn lacquer off.

Postby hrender » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:47 pm

There are UK-available oven cleaners containing lye (aka sodium hydroxide or caustic soda). Found one here: Amazon UK shows several others.
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