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    Removing Epoxy Coating...How?

    is there a practical way to remove the black coating that Cold Steel puts on their knives? i picked up a Trailmaster, and i was thinking i might like it better without the coating. actually, i was thinking about modding the entire knife: blade, handle, etc.

    any tips from the experts here? i've seen alot of great work by a lot of you guys, on production knives.
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    sandpaper?
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    It depends on what the coating is. You might get lucky with something like methyl ethyl ketone or something similar. There are also some commercially available epoxy remover type solvents available that might work, but they might be cost-prohibitive for stripping one knife.

    How about sand or bead blasting? A local welding shop would probably do it for beer money if you catch them in a good mood.

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    Heat.

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    Epoxy removal

    As mentioned, heat works, try a commercial heat gun. A bead blaster works GREAT as well, sandblast as well.

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    if not to late, sell it and buy the not coated one. from what i've seen you will never be happy with the results of removing the coating.
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    One word of caution, you may not like what you see after you remove the coating. I've done this with a few knives and discovered horribly finished steel underneath: uneven finishing/grinds, tooling marks, sloppy work meant to be hidden.

    You may need to refinish the entire knife as well.
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    i've decided to remove the coating the old fashioned way: by beating the knife into submission as often as possible. i've been using it to dig out areas for planting, digging up roots, hammering tent stakes, prying open boxes, cutting firewood, and cleaning fish. i even lent it to a friend for a week to clean some whitetail; it took care of three does. the epoxy finish is wearing off quite nicely.
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    Try acetone...

    We used to soak Motorola epoxy sealed filters in a can of acetone. The epoxy would flake off over a period of time.
    Of course, your results will depend on the type of epoxy you are dealing with, if it is epoxy.
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    I've read that Xylene will (slowly) dissolve epoxy. Careful with it, pretty powerful solvent itself.

    http://www.ofite.com/msds/280-20.pdf

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    There is a reason Cold steel paints epoxy on the knife, its usually a junky knife underneath Its like running a 73 mustang II thru an Earl Scheib paint job, (I can paint any car for $83.95!") its still junk underneath
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    "...lent it to a friend..." That'll do too. Your knife might come back broken or bent though.

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    FYI: I just removed some epoxy with a lengthy dunk/soak in commercial paint stripper. Worked GREAT!

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    73 mustang II thru an Earl Scheib paint job
    what's wrong with that? a thing of beauty I am sure....
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    Might need to check the web for this.

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    thx for this answer!

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