Getting Rid of Unwanted Marks on Tools

By on October 30, 2015
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Tip for October 30th, 2015

Getting Rid of Unwanted Marks on Tools

By Olena Bugrimenko

Today we have a very simple tip from Olena about getting rid of unwanted marks on your tools.

Olena Burgrimenko

Olena shares: “We all work with pliers and after putting our best creative and technical skills into a design it is so frustrating to see those unwanted and unintended marks! What can we do about it? Here’s a quick suggestion!”

Problem: Take a close look at your pliers. Do you see some damage on inner surface of them? Do they have any rough edges, marks or rust?


This is an extreme case of use! Note: The Nylon Jaws on these types of pliers are replaceable – Always make sure to have a set on hand when it’s time to change them out!



Nicks in cutting edges.



Worn edges from use


Solution:  If they do, you can use an abrasive paper or steel wool to restore the finish.

Here are a few suggestions:

1. WD40 for cleaning, protecting and removing rust

2. 0000 Steel Wool for smoothing

3. 1000 Grit Sandpaper for smoothing

4. Scoth 3M Metal Finishing Pad

5. Pro-Polish Pad or similiar

6. Files for smoothing and removing nicks in metal


Wrap up:

I hope that you enjoyed this quick tip from Olena. Keep watching for more great tips like this from all of our contributors!

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    October 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I’m also a woodcarver so I use a small ceramic sharpening stone to remove nicks from tools. Thanks,Olena, for some good advice for taking care of our tools. Helen

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    November 2, 2015 at 8:43 am


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