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John Kasaian
27-Jun-2017, 10:20
...Loren!
Well, the Sophia Loren of loupes anyway---a 6x Tilting Silvestri in it's little black ditty bag which I stored on top of the 'dorff in a GI surplus cooler. The black exterior coating on the bag came off on the 'dorff and I'm having a deuce of a time getting it off the mahogany. It's like a stain. When I discovered the issue it was sticky. I used spray furniture polish (some Target branded Pledge-oid stuff and the first thing at hand) on a paper towel and got the sticky off (the camera, not the ditty bag,) but the black stains remain.
Any suggestions short of sanding and refinishing?

Mark Sawyer
27-Jun-2017, 10:27
If it's penetrated through the finish and into the wood, you're screwed. Perhaps a lightly abrasive polish/wax like Mother's could clean and polish off a little bit of whatever finish coat is on there?

Johnny LaRue
27-Jun-2017, 10:57
I say use it to your advantage. Tell other photographers that it's a prototype, or that it's a "speed" coating that actually makes the camera work faster!

John Kasaian
27-Jun-2017, 11:19
So far, I found that I can scrape quite a bit of it off with my thumb nail, which is puzzling because it doesn't look or feel like a thumb nail scrape-able gooey deposit.
I'll keep at it and see what happens.
And I'll toss Sophia's ditty bag.

Mark Sawyer
27-Jun-2017, 12:10
Don't try any solvents, because they might help the stain to penetrate further into the finish.

Jerry Bodine
27-Jun-2017, 12:18
If it doesn't clean up put a bandaid over it so you won't have to look at it. :p

Jac@stafford.net
27-Jun-2017, 14:47
What you wrote about scraping it off. There is a very handy wood working hand-tool that has a straight edge you can draw across the length of a piece of wood to shave a tiny bit at a time - and make or keep it to its original shape. Google wood scrapers and choose the simple hand-held blade type. They are a joy to use, and relatively inexpensive.

John Kasaian
27-Jun-2017, 17:41
Thanks for the advice! My talented thumb nail did the trick, at long last, so the 'dorff is now good to go.
Right now I'm working on obtaining a Crown Royal ditty bag to house the Sophia Lauren of loupes :o

Mark Sawyer
27-Jun-2017, 18:01
Right now I'm working on obtaining a Crown Royal ditty bag to house the Sophia Lauren of loupes :o

Oh, the sacrifices we make for Art... :rolleyes:

Jim Jones
27-Jun-2017, 19:28
Why spend money on manufactured wood scrapers when a scrap of broken window glass is sharper and works better. Wood workers have been using this for centuries.

Mark Sawyer
27-Jun-2017, 23:45
Why spend money on manufactured wood scrapers when a scrap of broken window glass is sharper and works better. Wood workers have been using this for centuries.

YES!!! I say chug half a bottle of Crown Royal and bust a few windows! That'll do the trick!

Trust us, John. We're your friends...

jnanian
28-Jun-2017, 04:42
fantastic john!

now, to celebrate

Sophia Loren Shim

2 oz Aperol
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz bourbon (to qualify as low-alcohol a drink cannot contain more than 1/2 oz of an 80-proof or higher spirit)
4 dashes rhubarb bitters

cheers !
john

cowanw
28-Jun-2017, 05:31
Sadly the present day Crown Royal bags don't hold a candle to those of the 1960's.

John Kasaian
9-Jul-2017, 14:31
fantastic john!

now, to celebrate

Sophia Loren Shim

2 oz Aperol
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz bourbon (to qualify as low-alcohol a drink cannot contain more than 1/2 oz of an 80-proof or higher spirit)
4 dashes rhubarb bitters

cheers !
john
I'll drink to that!:D

Racer X 69
13-Aug-2017, 07:55
Sadly the present day Crown Royal bags don't hold a candle to those of the 1960's.

Nothing good ever lasts.

AtlantaTerry
14-Aug-2017, 10:21
As an alternative to a Royal Crown bag, see what a jewelry store supplier might have. Or try The Container Store.

John Kasaian
15-Aug-2017, 11:19
As an alternative to a Royal Crown bag, see what a jewelry store supplier might have. Or try The Container Store.

It's cheaper to go to a liquor store than to a jewelry store:o

jnanian
15-Aug-2017, 13:02
It's cheaper to go to a liquor store than to a jewelry store:o

especially since you are going to be there anyways to pick up "supplies" ;)
BTW the note about only 1/2 oz bourbon can be ignored if you need to celebrate a little more :)

John Kasaian
15-Aug-2017, 17:25
especially since you are going to be there anyways to pick up "supplies" ;)
BTW the note about only 1/2 oz bourbon can be ignored if you need to celebrate a little more :)
I like the way you think, john!

AtlantaTerry
15-Aug-2017, 21:53
It's cheaper to go to a liquor store than to a jewelry store:o

NO! That is NOT what I wrote. I said, "see what a jewelry store supplier might have". These stores sell display cases, watch holders, ring boxes, (possibly) velvet bags, etc. They do NOT sell jewelry.