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TheUnicorn

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I've inherited a set of router bits with a waxy plastic layer on each one, how do I get rid of it, it looks like a right fiddle to peel or cut off. if I use the bits on some scrap wood will it just shred off?
 

jeremyduncombe

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I just use a thumbnail ( carefully - the bits are sharp ! )and the coating peels off easily. I suspect that using a router bit with the coating still on will result in a sticky burnt-on mess. Only one way to find out ...
 

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picking it off is the highlight of new router bots for me.

but seriously it normally takes a few seconds and comes off really easily.
 

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It should pick off easily as the boys said. It is a wax and the gut that did the tool grinding at work warmed it up in a slow cooker and dipped the sharpened cutters into oil and then the wax to coat them. If picking doesn't work then heat from a heat gun would soften and melt it off. Boiling water might work too but don't if it has bearings. :wink:

Pete
 
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