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Dale Carmack
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May 8th, 2017 at 6:34am
 
Hi, new to the forum.  I tried a few searches and couldn't find the topic.  I just purchased a set of lathe tools and they look to have a coating on them that doesn't peel off with a fingernail or clean off with simple green.  Any ideas how to clean it off?
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Re: Tool Cleaning
Reply #1 - May 8th, 2017 at 8:34am
 
The reason for the coating (usually lacquer or varnish) is to prohibit rust. That's why tools always look shiny and new. It is not easy to remove, you'll need some type of solvent like acetone, alcohol or mineral spirits.
You can strip it off if you want to but unless it's interfering with the use of the tool somehow it's probably better to leave it alone. Also, once stripped off, tools will be more susceptible to rust.
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Reply #2 - May 8th, 2017 at 8:57am
 
Thanks, was thinking that it would scratch during sharpening and use and not ride smoothly on the tool rest.
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Reply #3 - May 8th, 2017 at 10:16am
 
It's typically not a problem, but
When people start to try and remove it with a solvent (usually without success  Roll Eyes) it can get softer and "gummy" presenting a sliding issue.
IMO, there are really only two choices, strip it completely off or leave it alone.
Ive never had it be an issue for me but if you're concerned about sliding on the toolrest, you can always wax the shaft of the tool with Renaissance Wax or something similar to reduce friction.
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Reply #4 - May 8th, 2017 at 3:37pm
 
Thanks, looks like I'll just leave it alone.
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Reply #5 - May 8th, 2017 at 6:57pm
 
If it does give you problems on the tool rest, consider using a wire brush wheel on a drill motor.  That may strip that stuff off without chemicals.  Be sure to wear dust protection, you don't want to inhale that stuff. Tongue

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Reply #6 - May 9th, 2017 at 4:41pm
 
Good idea, thanks
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Reply #7 - May 9th, 2017 at 5:07pm
 
I took that stuff off of my tools with a lot of elbow grease and some sort of solvent. 

I realized that it WAS making the tool not ride smoothly on the rest so it was worth it to get it all off.

Try cleaning one of the tools and see if it slides better.

I'll have a look in my shop tonite... if I remember... and see what that stuff was.  Smiley
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