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ms4awd
06-23-2013, 03:09 PM
Whats the best way to refinish a linen micarta handle? Have some nicks and very minute gouge from when the knife fell out of my knife roll years ago and hit rough concrete on my way to work. Over the years the gouge has smoothed out but its still there. Would not mind sanding it down and contouring the handle a bit more. What would be the best way? What type of sand paper and how do i refinish to get it to shine again. thanks

NO ChoP!
06-24-2013, 11:05 AM
Superglue can be used to fill/ seal small cracks and voids. I like the gel kind, as it doesn't run all over the place. I use a toothpick to push it deeper into the crevices; sanding after to clean it up.

Any sandpaper can be used, really. I prefer wet/dry just because it seems to last longer. (assuming you're doing this by hand) For simple refinishing I would start at 220 or 320 grit, depending on how deep any scratches are. Move up to 400 grit, than 600 grit. All these can be found at Lowes or Home Depot. I would recommend going higher to get a nice shine. You can find 800, 1000 and beyond at an automotive parts store, or online. 3M sells sets, as well as the micromesh brand.

If you're actually looking to reshape, as you suggested, you may want to start lower, to remove material faster; but this will take much more work to clean up after. The goal is to remove the scratches from the previous grit before moving on to the next; can be tedious.

I usually use some kind of oil/ wax blend to condition all my handles periodically; helps keep them lustrous/ keeps them from dulling.

Hope this helps!

ms4awd
06-24-2013, 12:50 PM
Hi Nochop
Thanks for the advice, the gouge is on the butt of the handle on an edge so i think i can only sand it down. I guess if i mess up then its time to get nice wood scales :) thanks again

EdipisReks
06-24-2013, 01:20 PM
Hi Nochop
Thanks for the advice, the gouge is on the butt of the handle on an edge so i think i can only sand it down. I guess if i mess up then its time to get nice wood scales :) thanks again

you should be able to fill that with gel super glue.