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ACA Technical Talk - The Restoration of Old Rusty Tools and Vintage Edged Weapons

  • 18 Aug 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

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ACA has invited SCANZ members to their August meeting on Thursday 18 August.  

SCANZ Members and guests are invited to attend a live technical meeting that will be held by ACA Auckland Division at the Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Please mark this event in your diary now - it is the first ACA Auckland face-to-face meeting to be held in a long time.

Date: Thursday 18th August 2022

Venue: The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland. There is ample car parking available at the hotel

Time: Gather in the Surrey lounge area from 5.00pm.

Nibbles will be provided courtesy of our sponsor. The presentation will commence in the meeting room at about 6pm.

Sponsor: The sponsor of this ACA Auckland event is Prendos Ltd, nationwide specialists in property consulting. Philip O’Sullivan is the representative

Speaker: Les Boulton, Engineering Materials Consultant (retired)

Subject: The Restoration of Old Rusty Tools and Vintage Edged Weapons

Most households have old steel tools and various steel implements lying around, such as old axes that have seen better times and have undergone corrosion. The surface corrosion is often due to storage of the steel tools under conditions where moisture is present.  Surface rust on the steel does not necessarily detract from the purpose of a tool but it is unsightly and need not happen if good storage conditions are available.

The methodologies that are used to remove surface rust and restore the steel tools to a pristine working condition will be described. The restoration technique used may be simple or complex, depending upon the extent of corrosion damage on the steel.

Another field where restoration of corroded objects is carried out is the refurbishment of vintage edged weapons, more commonly called bayonets, for military rifles. The presenter will show how he has restored a collection of vintage bayonets from World War 1 and World War 2. Many of these vintage edged-weapons, collected from around the world, represented stateof-the-art material selection and engineering design in their era. The restoration process also includes the leather scabbards and wood grips on the hilts. The bayonet collection to be shown originates from the 1880s through to the 1940s and the history of each weapon will be outlined.


Surface Coatings Association New Zealand

The professional body of individuals involved in the surface coatings industry


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Glen Eden, Auckland 0641
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