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Spray or paint?

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by oXide, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. oXide


    Feb 16, 2012
    Ok, now that I have the money to do so (still gotta drop it off at the bank, but that'll happen this week so I'm not worried about it), and I have my paid membership, should I go with a spray on stripper or a paint on stripper? So far the difference is about $20-$30 and I don't know how one performs over the other. And just to make this a kosher thread, how much I pay for the stripper depends on what sharp pointy thing is on my list next.

    Edit: I just realized that my last sentence was backwards... I mean't how much I pay for the stripper decides what sharp point thing is next on my list...
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  2. B.Mauser

    B.Mauser KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 22, 2011
    I just got a can of Kleen strip spray on stripper at home depot for $5.99. Worked great. I did 2 knives and the can is still about 90% full.

    Be very careful about getting it on your skin, hurts pretty bad.
  3. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    Jasco spray on paint/epoxy stripper is around $7 at Lowes or Home Depot. Works great with little to no scraping needed.
  4. Haze240


    Jan 1, 2011
    Cheap stuff will work fine. I used Circa 1850 furniture stripper, I think it cost about 12 bucks for a big can (non spray) at Wally world. Make sure you get some good chemical resistant gloves, the "stripping gloves" I had ended up melting and gave me a decent chemical burn after about 5 minutes. Oh and ofcourse well ventilated areas are your friend. Usually just soaking the blade in a metal pan with enough stripper to cover the blade for 15-20 mins (or an hour) will leave you with a bubbling, flaking finish that can be scrubbed off with a scraper or toothbrush. Good luck with the stripping...er atleast it's one way to make money lol.
  5. C_Tanner


    Feb 21, 2011
    I used some on Kirei's (who needs to get his butt back on here!) BK9 saturday. Nothing works better. You better have some good gloves and something to wash your hands with nearby. Just lay it out on some aluminum foil and unleash the power of Jasco. It's like Alien blood in a can.

    Mine wasn't spray on though...didn't know they had that!
  6. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    Yep I have used it while wearing short sleeves and getting just a bit of spray back stings like a mother fackel!
  7. thrillbilly

    thrillbilly Banned BANNED

    Apr 16, 2011
    I have stripped a 9, 14, 11, 16, 2 and a tomahawk with my ~8$ can of KleanStrip. And still have enough left in can for another blade.
  8. oXide


    Feb 16, 2012
    So it sounds like the spray on works better than the reviews I've seen on it around the net? That makes me happier because I tend to be heavy handed with pouring stuff, if it's not over, or at the very least at the rim it's not enough. Granted that's with drinks I still have a heavy handed pour, so I'll start looking for the spray on jasco.
  9. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    Lay down newspaper, and make sure there is no breeze when you spray it, you'll be good to go. Get some of the heavy duty rubber gloves and a plastic scraper. After the Jasco does its work, the coating slides right off.
  10. CCMI


    Aug 4, 2010
    I've not used the spray on, only the metal can (gel?), but it seems like I've read the opposite. Meaning the gel works better than the spray.

    I think there was a post/ thread here not too long ago where someone used the gel for the first time and said they'd never go back to the spray. Probably not a huge difference either way, but I can't imagine anything working much better than the can of Jasco KS-3 Klean Strip
  11. oXide


    Feb 16, 2012
    Ok, I was looking at what I could get online so I don't have to wait for a trip to the hardware store, and I found Citri-Strip ECG73807 Paint and Varnish Remover, on a really long river with no ferry charge, anyone know how it is compared to Jasco? The Jasco spray on doesn't have the free ferry and requires 3-4 additional processing days.
  12. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    I've had great luck with the gel. I'd just suggest three things. (1) Get some paint stir sticks when you buy the stripper to use as scrapers. (2) grab a loaf pan or cookie sheet at a thrift store to soak it in (and duct tape a piece of wood on the bottom outside of the pan so everything sloshes to the side. (uses less stripper) and (3) put something through one of the holes in the handle so that you can easily pick up, flip and handle the knife-- string or a loose zip tie works well.

    As others have said, time is your friend, let the stripper work. I also did it in two steps, big strip for the bulk of the coating and then a second clean strip followed by a brass brush to work into the machine marks.

    hope this helps.
  13. flipaldinho


    Jan 18, 2012
    I used the orange spray can of Klean Strip epoxy and paint remover and it worked well for my BK4. Its around $6 at Lowes.
  14. JV3


    Mar 17, 2010
    if you're that tight for cash why not save it for gas money and go hike? in time that coating will wear off from wood work and you'll have priceless memories to boot.
  15. oXide


    Feb 16, 2012
    I like the way you think, but at this point I'm more trying to spread it out than save it, I'm trying to work my way around camp rules and be able to carry a fixed blade out there, right now I don't know if my boss allows them, the council and the camp itself do, but each director of any given event gets to set more stringent rules than the camp, the council or BSA national if they so choose, so I figured my chances of getting a 3 inch bushcraft (11 or 14) knife with no black coating is more likely to get by than anything else. By the way, I don't drive, $70 a week for 7 weeks doesn't cover anything for cars.
  16. runtothehills


    Mar 20, 2012
    Is there a secret to Klean Strip ?, When I stripped my 16, it ate a hole in my foil pan and tore my hands up, in some heavy duty rubber gloves.
  17. machine26


    Sep 3, 2009
    I stripped my potbelly and bk7 with the piggyback knife when I got bored while camping.
  18. Silverthorn


    Apr 24, 2011
    I really like the citrustrip, and no fumes big jug for very little dough. 7 bucks i think and I bought some really really cheap brushes to apply it. works like a champ and not as mean as some of the others if you get it on you.
  19. CamH_16


    Feb 5, 2012
    Big tip: Rough up the coating a bit with some rough sandpaper, not to actually take it off by hand just so its scrated up. It allows the stripper to go in deeper and takes less time and leaves a cleaner finnish.
  20. oXide


    Feb 16, 2012
    Ok, I heard great things about the Jasco/Klean Strip, heard a great thing about the Citrustrip, the difference is one I don't have to wait as long for (Citrustrip) and one has more recommendations (Jasco/Klean Strip), and on the side of pros/cons that aren't dynamic, Citrustrip is safer for people while Jasco/Klean Strip seems to eat through everything except the steel itself.

    I guess it's whether or not I want to buy the stripper off the internet and only wait about a week-10 days, or wait until I can get a ride to Ace/Lowes/Home Depot, so it's really down to where I get it, does it make that much more sense to buy it from a physical store, or more sense to get it before or with my next knife?

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