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Question on painting axe handle

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by JLRubicon, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    I've done some searching and am finding different opinions on how to go about this so I wanted to find out if someone here has had some experience with this. The main question is should I put BLO on the handle now that it is sanded down and then paint it when it dries?? How long should it dry before being painted?? Will the paint still adhere with the BLO applied first. It is a fireman's axe and the handle was red, the knob was pretty beat up and rotted but I wanted to reuse it. I filled in the knob with wood filler as to retain the original shape. I figured if I painted it that would hide the wood filler, that's the main reason for painting it. Thanks for any help!!
     
  2. npace

    npace

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    Oct 24, 2019
    I would skip the blo if you plan to paint.
     
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  3. thebrain

    thebrain

    Dec 12, 2007
    Tape off the end of the handle and be extra careful to not get any blo on the part you intend to paint. There will be some overlap because BLO will seep under the tape a bit and otherwise be a nuisance. An alternative you might consider is red plasti-dip on the end of the handle , tape it off and dip and peel the tape while the dip is wet. A few dips and taking off the tape while wet will give a clean line. Then blo the rest !
     
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  4. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    Thanks for the replies. I am planning on painting the whole handle, that's how it was when I got it. I guess I just paint it and no BLO.
     
  5. TraditionalMedicinal

    TraditionalMedicinal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 17, 2020
    I would probably use oil based paint if you wanted to use the blo, were you planing to seal it with anything after
     
  6. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    I was only asking about the blo if it was necessary really, I don't have to use it. The handle is in good shape, just the knob was messed up on it, I did put blo on that and then filled it in with wood filler. If I don't have to use the blo I am fine with that. I really didn't plan on sealing it with anything, it will be more of a wall hanger. Here is how it started.
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  7. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    This is where it is now
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    Last edited: Jul 28, 2020
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  8. TraditionalMedicinal

    TraditionalMedicinal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 17, 2020
    afaik you can paint over after it cures cant wait to see how it turns out
     
  9. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    Now I'm trying to find a good paint match. This is the head here.
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  10. thebrain

    thebrain

    Dec 12, 2007
    Farm implement paint should be available in that red and is a very durable paint.
     
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  11. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

    49
    Sep 3, 2019
    I've used some farm implement paint for my Jeep, I wonder how it would work on wood??
     
  12. thebrain

    thebrain

    Dec 12, 2007
    It should stick pretty well if how is stays on your hands being any indication!
     
  13. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    I decided to go with the Rustoleum Farm and Implement paint, Massey Ferguson Red. It is a little lighter so I may paint the head also. So far this is it.
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  14. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

    49
    Sep 3, 2019
    Almost there, I just covered the original sticker on the axe and painted it. I figure I can always take the sticker off and reveal the original sticker(what was left of it). I wasn't sure if I should just remove the old sticker and then just decided to go that route with it. I just have to hang it, letting the paint dry a little more. Just a little mock up for now, the paint job turned out a lot better than I thought it would.
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    Here's how it was when I got it
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    Last edited: Jul 31, 2020
  15. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    It is complete.
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    I thought about not putting in the metal wedge and well...it split a little.
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