The last message I got from the list is dated 2017/ 04/ 18, and since
then, nothing. Is it something I did? or didn't do?
If you can get me back on the list, that would be great; otherwise, I'll
just resubscribe, and submit a new bio, and i'll just carry on.
Many thanks for your help - I miss you guys!
Milt, The clamp Guy
I concur. Nickel does not rust, to the best of my knowledge. I have
seen dull nickel that can, to a degree, be polished, but rust is bare
iron. Of course, I can be corrected, since I am not a metallurgist,
Des Moines, IA
Who has also not been getting postings. Guys???
Also not trained in the fine metallurgical sciences, but the tools that I have
owned which were nickel plated only had red or brown rust where the plating was
flaked off or worn through. Anywhere there was nickel, red/brown was absent. My
45 plane being a good example.
Years ago I acquired a 71 router plane which had a large amount of nickel loss
everywhere and the bottoms was rough from pitting. I lapped the bottom smooth
and took it to a local plating shop that did nickel plating and had it redone.
Not for aesthetics so much as for protection from future rust and to prevent
damaging the workpiece. Interestingly the gentleman who was helping me had been
doing plating a good long while and advised me there would be a color difference
between the new nickel and the original nickel due to contemporary changes in
the alloy makeup of nickel plate. The original has just the slightest yellow to
it and the modern nickel plate is a "whiter" nickel color. This plane had great
pear handles on it and I picked it up for a song. The plating was relatively
inexpensive at the time; I think I paid $25 to have it done. It sure was shiny
and pretty. A good thing about the modern nickel color is that it can't be
easily passed off as a pristine mint plane. The color difference is that
noticeable. I won't ever sell this plane so no danger of it being misrepresented
in my lifetime.
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On 2017-05-17 8:02 PM, Brent Kinsey wrote:
> a color difference between the new nickel and the original nickel due to
contemporary changes in the alloy makeup of nickel plate. The original has just
the slightest yellow to it and the modern nickel plate is a "whiter"
I recall my father making a hitch for his new 1960 Olds and having it
nickel-plated. There was not a trace of yellow as I recall: it was
mirror-like. So that change is not exactly recent.
Don, now mostly recovered from attempting to balance the wheels on a
-- It's the Whiskey That Eases the Pain - Wayne Scott
well................ I've eaten plenty enough rust n dust, spatter, gas
to qualify as an --honorary metallurgist--.............. at least. ahem
But yeah when the rust is blooming through the nickel, its
coming from underneath.
The nickel has let go in that spot.
It might be a pinprick but the nickel is gone there.
You can sometimes polish it up like a diamond anyway. The nickel glows
so bright after buffing, that it outshines everything else. The pitts
where the rust was, is now filled with polishing compound and level. So
it doesnt show up so much.
Not like pristine nickel, but its something.
Nickel shines a long time after you seriously polish it. Not like
brass and nothing like copper or silver, polished nickel holds a while.
This works best where the surfaces are smooth though. The flowery
embossing on early iron plow planes is not good. Pebbly surfaces just
want to do nothing for a long time, and then begin to cut and round over.
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