Stripping advice

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Robdude, May 14, 2020.

  1. Robdude

    Robdude Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    I know there are tons of threads touching on this but that's kinda my problem. Lots of scattered info making it hard to locate the best method of stripping a blade without the low viscosity of an acitone or solvent leaching under the scales. What is the best procedure and products to use guys? Or is there an existing thread I've missed?
    Thanks guys
  2. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    I have used several different strippers and they all work about the same. I don't think you need to worry about under the handles. The smelliest one was citri-strip but I think it is the safest environmentally. All coating come off different. I have had some that come off easily and some that seemed to not be affected much by the strip compound.
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  3. Robdude

    Robdude Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    My business uses a variety of solvents. Just for shits I wraped a soaked rag around the tip of my ffbm using one of the particularly nasty solvents and the coating peels to the steel using my fingernail after about 2 min .. what about that dark layer that remains on the surface under the coating? Just a wire brush to remove?
  4. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    Wire brush removes the coating like your fingernail did. Well, a bit better. I use scotchbrite pads to take it further or sand paper. Depends on how far you want to go and how much time you got. Sounds like the stuff you have does a good job. Wire brush and scotch brite shoud do the job
  5. VashHash


    Aug 11, 2009

    That's the decarb. Usually it's little more difficult than just using a wire brush. Most times you need to sand it. I use masking tape to keep the coating on my infi mandu. Also got lucky with no Decarb under it. I just buffed it with a scotch Brite pad after.
    Worked really well for me
    The worst coating I removed was the hammered silver on my trough raider. It just didn't want to come off. Took several applications and scraping. Also masked it off and kept the coating on the handle. Ohh and use masking tape and then duct tape or gorilla tape. It makes a much better seal than just masking tape. The masking tape is just easier to take off. The solvent I used will eat the tape adhesive.
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  6. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014

    This is a forsaken mistress after about three hours wrapped pretty close in tinfoil to ensure contact with the blade at all points.

    Citristrip is great, you should wear gloves with all strippers, but some of the harsher stuff will eat right through the disposable gloves that you could use fearlessly with this stuff.

    No ventilation needed either, and you can rinse it right down the sink if you want. Stronger stuff will eat through porcelain if you're not speedy about it.

    I used a scotch brite attached to a drill attachment I bought. Turned out ok after not much time.

    Citristrip, a kickass song, a nice tall well secured pole, scotch brite pads.... yer set.

    Oh yeah. Ones.
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  7. Robdude

    Robdude Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Sweet..thank you guys
  8. Robdude

    Robdude Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Ya I am not wanting the "pretty" look.. I want the pits and machining to remain. Scotchbrite it is:D:thumbsup:
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  9. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    I will say this, every time I have stripped a Busse blade it has gone differently. The first one I did was so easy, I could not believe it. Then the next 3 were horrible. Kinda like kids. The first one was an angel at an early age, enticing you to have more, then you realize how it really is
  10. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    Hit up the .... er... "hardware store"... during the day on a wednesday... you'll see all the pits and machining Mark's you could ever want to see and then some.
  11. Stump Buster

    Stump Buster Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    "Stripping advice"...

    Don't Rush... Take Your Time!!!:eek:;):D
  12. Ironkid883

    Ironkid883 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2018
    Inused painter tape to stop bleed from the stripper .you could use wax also
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  13. resinguy


    Feb 19, 2006
    Exactly what solvent was that? Thanks.
  14. Robdude

    Robdude Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Wish I had a more direct answer for ya . It's an industrial grade solvent I purchase in large qty from Univar Solutions sold under the description "S-wash" for use in commercial printing ink manufacturing. I was screwing around in our lab today and was able to increase the viscosity into a gel in hopes it will more or less "stay where I want it" and not leach under the scales.. Gonna try stripping tonight :)
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  15. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    I've never done anything to keep the stripper from leeching under the scales. Just stripped them and bead blast to get all of the decarb off.
  16. resinguy


    Feb 19, 2006
    hmm .. cant find it on their site. Maybe check the SDS?

    btw, colloidal silica can thicken solvents. Aerosil is one brand.
  17. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I've stripped 4. None took any special precautions.

    But the solvent I used was gloopy "thick" stripper.

    Let sit, scrape off, sand if desired.
  18. hydeinmind

    hydeinmind Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Soak in citrustrip for several hours then drive it down to your local diy car wash and put $1.50 for a minute of high pressure hot water. Step on the handle and blast the blade up close. All the coating will come right off clean and then all you have to worry about elbow grease wise is the de carb if there is any. Way easy! Good luck!
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  19. Robdude

    Robdude Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    I'll take a look mon.. i do have the sds on file. I should have the product code as well. I cant seem to find a sight that allows free pic hosting. Photobucket now imgur seems to have changed an I cant post pics again.. I should just start making youtube vids. The strip job went great..
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  20. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    that, Sir, is genius! Can’t wait for another stripping project!
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