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Old 08-11-2018, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default ? On refinishing bakelite grips

Hi the search function does not work on my cellphone and my laptop is toast. I seen a few weeks ago a thread here on how to refinish bakelite grips with steelwool and clear paint can someone help me find it or bump it PLEASE.
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:01 PM   #2
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Think this is what you're looking for.

http://www.akfiles.com/forums/showth...light=bakelite
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:21 PM   #3
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Old 08-12-2018, 04:48 AM   #4
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Check my work

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some people scrub baby oil into it with steel wool. oil penetrates and rejuvenates. i never liked doing it that way as its kind of like rubbing wax into swirl marks on your car. nothing is getting removed. they will be back after its washed (im referring to the car finish example).now you can remove marks and scratches and oil it, but again, the oil doesnt dry, it keeps the material moist and prevents you from seeing the abraded surface. think dry skin. looks like shit when its all dry and rough, apply moisturizer, hey, it looks better!

my personal favorite method. degrease thoroughly! you can use clear epoxy for missing chunks and sand it smooth wet sand with 180,220,then finish with 400 (epoxy). clear coat them and have a gorgeous finish grey scotch brite pad abrade the whole piece for proper clear coat adhesion. grey scotch brite is equivalent to 1000-1200grit fyi. or 000-0000 steel wool can work too. if its not really that bad, mineral or baby oil and steel wool works well on its own. as noted above, it turns out beautiful when cleared! you can even go a step further and use 2k automotive clear and get a durable mile deep finish with the proper prep. it all depends how much time and money you want to spend.

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Old 08-12-2018, 07:22 AM   #6
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I charge pennies on the dollar to do that
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Bakelite not only wears on the surface but does dry out over time. The oil simply rejuvenates the inner material. Whether AK parts or old telephones and other bakelite objects like jewelry.
A mineral non drying oil can be used or a drying oil that penetrates and hardens like BLO or a mixture like Tru Oil.
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So is the AK stuff actual Bakelite? And if so, do you figure the Eastern Bloc used asbestos?
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So is the AK stuff actual Bakelite? And if so, do you figure the Eastern Bloc used asbestos?
Bakelite contains formaldehyde., and though the formula changed over time ., the name stuck to a number of similar polymers. The successive formulas often referred to as bakelite aka AG-S4 can contain formaldehyde or glass reinforced formula.

Inhaling any of the friable particles from any of the formulas is not advised.
So I have read.

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If you end up sanding on it, make sure to do it wet. No danger of inhalation of that stuff. Same as epoxy or really any substance of that nature.
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