Evil D wrote:
Liquid Cobra wrote:
Evil D wrote:Well all I could find was some Turtle Wax rubbing compound, and it was enough to remove the surface rust but there is still some staining on the blade that I can't seem to get rid of, nor can I get through the patina. So, either this compound isn't abrasive enough or I'm doing something wrong. I may have to get myself some Flitz and give that a go.
Admittedly, I haven't read the last few pages of this thread but I saw you were having issues removing a patina. If highly recommend flitz, I see you're thinking about it. I removed the patina from my SB Caly 3.5 with it a few weeks ago. Good as new. Just some flitz and a rag. Lots of rubbing. Took about 20 mins or so.
Do you worry about it changing the machining lines in the blade or removing the bug, etc? Do you bother with rubbing with the grind lines or not? Is this something that could cause cross scratches or is it not abrasive enough? I think a local hardware store has the liquid Flitz but I'm not sure if anyone around here carries the paste...is there a difference in how well the liquid cuts vs. the paste?
Most importantly, how the heck do you keep from slicing your finger off? I guess I may need to destress/remove the edge a bit before I do this just to be safe, this is easily the sharpest knife I own and I handle it very very carefully lol.
I've only ever used the paste so I can't comment on the liquid. I didn't notice any scratching what so ever from the flitz. I rubbed up and down, left and right, criss cross it didn't seem to make a difference. It only seemed to remove the patina. It didn't leave rub marks behind or anything like that. I've used this stuff on the m4 para 2 from blade HQ when it arrived. There were a few spots on the blade that seemed darker than normal and the flitz took it right out. It had no effect on the grind lines of the blade itself. It did make the blade a little more shiny though, polished.
In both cases I removed the blade and worked on one side at a time. I placed the blade on a table and took my time not to get too close to the edge. I guess I was just cautious and went slow. The edge on both blades was/is pretty sharp. There were a few close calls, I nicked the cloth once or twice. Dulling the edge might be a good idea.
Oh and as far as the bug logo goes, yes that was much more dull looking after the flitz. I can't be certain if that was from the patina or the flitz though. When I used it on the para 2 it didn't seem to affect the bug logo, but I didn't work on it as much as the super blue.
I did notice a mark on the super blue blade where a corrosion pit had started. I must have left some food on it or something. It was starting to pit or something. It took a lot of rubbing but it eventually almost disappeared completely. Now that I think of it, that mark was the whole reason I removed my patina and started over in the first place.
Hope that helps.
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