Chuck Lutz wrote:What finish did you put on the adjustable Roger...?
PS....One of the "tool guys" on the gee is very touchy about "restoring" a wrench that was originally produced in one finish to a different finish....was that one originally cadmium or bare metal or what? What is the finish on it now?
Don't let him find out, he's sic the wrench police on ya!
Roger, I do not know who the touchy guy might be, since Chuck Lutz kept it vague.
Personally, I rate your job as quite a good job, just as I told you when I first saw the pictures you sent me. The scarcity of the tool made it even more interesting, as an extra bonus!
I started this thread as a very general conversation about restoring tools of any brand. I purposedly kept the title very general, in order to avoid an unwanted focus on just one brand, given the recent trends.
Here is, verbatim quoted, what I wrote earlier, regardless of what the touchy guy might think.
This is what I wrote:Restoring a tool to its pristine condition means just that : restore previous appearance. If it was a correct tool to begin with, it will be a correct restored tool: otherwise it will be just a restored tool. Pretty obvious.
However, at times, it is possible to change the original finish of a tool into a different finish. Whether this is acceptable or not I will not discuss. I know it can be done.
The main concept is that any used tool can be made to look better , to a certain extent. Miracles are not possible.
In the thread, barring some considerations that would have found a better place in other threads, some useful information was posted, describing in general what is what.
Painting, black oxidizing,japanning, parkerizing,plating et cetera : quite useful to know, in order to assess, restore, tell apart any tool and jeep tools.
I would have liked that at least this thread would not turn into a Williams thread, but apparently it is inavoidable.
I hope that guys interested in sharing useful information will keep doing so.
Roger, I am looking forward to see some other before and after pictures.
I am quite interested also in any further discussion on Williams Superrenches, but I would rather do it in one of the other (surviving) threads, or even in a new one.
P.S. : hopefully this thread does not need a C.O.W. caution, not yet at least.