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    If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize.

    I was in an antique store last year and found a vintage Old Spice mug that I wanted. Included with it was an Ever-Ready 1000 Pure Badger brush that has been sitting around since then. The knot was pretty shot but I liked the handle and figured I would re-knot it at some point. I started working this weekend and got the old knot out with a drill and a dremel wheel. It looks pretty nice but has a few scratches that are discolored which I would like to clean up. Can I safely use wet & dry sand paper on this or does anyone else have any recommendations? Please let me know what you think. Please excuse the not so great pics from my cell phone. Thanks in advance.

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    Nice looking handle

    I'm no help but I bet that those that are in the know will be chiming in.

    With that said, I don't see why some high grit wet and dry (used wet) wouldn't work.
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    Will be a nice handle restore.
    Is it wood or resin? If Wood you will want to mindful of the depth as you sand, don't want to burn through. With resin, you are less worried. Some wet dry will work well on it wet.
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    It's some kind of hard rubber/bakelite. It's an old Ever-Ready that says "Set in Rubber" on the bottom.
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    I started with 1200 grit wet&dry. It wasn't quite getting to the scratches, so I dropped to 800 grit just lightly over the worst parts, then back to the 1200 over everything. I followed that with some Maas polish. The pics aren't great but the actual result is like night and day.

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    Now for a knot...

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    I measured the inside diameter of the handle and it is about 21cm. The Ever-Ready spreadsheet on the SRD Library says the knot size for this brush is 20mm. Based on what I have read on some other threads, especially from HARRYWALLY, I ordered a 20mm two-band knot from Virginia Sheng on e-Bay. It should get here in about who knows when, but I'll be back to let you know about the next step.

    Thanks for the advice, everyone.

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    Looks great Demetrius That knot should fit nicely.
    Let us know when it arrives,,, in July..
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    Cool looking handle, that will be great when it's back up and running. I re-knotted a couple Ever-Ready brushes for the first time a couple months ago and went with that same knot you got for both, worked great. What's the inside of the handle look like as it is now? The ones I did were hollow and I filled the empty space with pieces of Popsicle sticks and epoxy up to where I wanted the the bottom of the knots to be. Nice job so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB52 View Post
    Looks great Demetrius That knot should fit nicely.
    Let us know when it arrives,,, in July..
    Thanks, Mike. I think the over/under on the arrival is about May 28th, but we'll see. The only other thing I ever ordered from China on e-Bay was a Loupe. It actually made it in about 4 weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xiaotuzi View Post
    Cool looking handle, that will be great when it's back up and running. I re-knotted a couple Ever-Ready brushes for the first time a couple months ago and went with that same knot you got for both, worked great. What's the inside of the handle look like as it is now? The ones I did were hollow and I filled the empty space with pieces of Popsicle sticks and epoxy up to where I wanted the the bottom of the knots to be. Nice job so far!
    Thanks. This one's not hollow, which surprised me since most of the Ever-Ready handles are. It's a little uneven at the bottom. My plan, for now, is to use a dremel grinding wheel to even it out as best as I can, put some epoxy in to level it out, let it dry, then set the knot.
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