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Getting Rid Of Hard Rubber Oxidation


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I know this topic has been discussed many many times but I thought I would post an FYI.

 

Recently, for old times sake, I purchased a Waterman #12 (with a B manifold nib of course) to restore just for kicks. It was completely brown with oxidation. I used Novus #2 fine scratch remover and alot of elbow grease to remove the oxidation without removing the Waterman imprint. This will not convert the oxidation, but it will remove it without significantly removing material from the pen.

 

When I was a luthier I used the stuff for the final polish on my french polish (shellac) and lacquer (nitro) guitars. It is also one of the very few scratch removers to work on polycarbonate. Good stuff!

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In the end game though, you are still removing material. There are a couple of treatments that don't remove any material and restore the black luster of ebonite available. While it worked for you, it may not be a viable option for someone with a pen with a lot of delicate chasing and machining.

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I've just used Novus No. 2 Fine Scratch Remover on a Delta Astra (1995) made of BHR that was significantly discolored on one side, probably left open in a display case exposed to sunlight for too long. The Novus and quite a bit of elbow grease restored the finish to original black 90-100%. The amount of material removed is indiscernibly small and the extensive engraving on the barrel was not compromised. I would be careful using Novus around gold-plated trim. I use masking tape to protect that. I am concerned about the long-term result, but only time will tell. The pen, which has never been inked, now looks great.

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In the end game though, you are still removing material. There are a couple of treatments that don't remove any material and restore the black luster of ebonite available. While it worked for you, it may not be a viable option for someone with a pen with a lot of delicate chasing and machining.

 

Which treatments are these? Thanks.

 

Glenn

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One such treatment was my G10 of about ten years ago. It was rather controversial and I stopped producing the stuff: it was not worth it, given the small profits it generated. If you just want to remove the oxidized layer, you can use an oven cleaner.

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Which treatments are these? Thanks.

 

Glenn

 

 

Syd Saperstein sells a dye specifically for this:

Pen Potion #9

http://www.pensburymanor.com/pensburymanor/Pensbury_Manor_Home.html

 

 

I have some but haven't tried it. I have some pens that other people have restored (who might have more talented hands than I do) and they look great.

 

 

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Syd Saperstein sells a dye specifically for this:

Pen Potion #9

 

I have some but haven't tried it. I have some pens that other people have restored (who might have more talented hands than I do) and they look great.

 

 

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Same here, have it, haven't tried it. And thanks @Giovanni.

 

Glenn

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Sorry for the necropost, but it's topical.

 

Tryphon, what do you mean by "an oven cleaner"?

 

Thanks in advance,

Nick

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