Am I to be frowned upon by the 'traditionalists' for doing this?
I use kiln dried sand - the sort used for dressing block paving, cheap and plentiful and fine enough to make the parts look like new without wrecking the wood or felts. For obvious reasons I keep the blast well away from hammer noses.
If I get slated, will it stop me?
Of course it will.
How does the saying go, what doesnt kill you only makes you stronger.
By the way Ive always wondered how many of us techs are asmatics. All the crap we breathe in every time the hammer hits the string directly under our noses.
I am and have been for about the last 18 years. ( tech for 23 years)
I to never used gloves with oxalic acid it works best when hot but if you have a cut on your hand you soon know about it. We played around with oxalic acid and ammonia the fumes nearly killed us and oxalic acid with 80% HP gets things clean but again the fumes are deadly.
We use to keep the oxalic acid in a tin at one place were I worked and one of the guys thought it was sugar he got a very bad case of gastroentritus he was lucky
One guy was stripping varnish and had some striper on his boiler suit he visited to the loo talk about eye watering
Heath and safety would have a field day now
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It is used mainly for removing paint from old cars, but baking soda is a flake type material that disintegrates on impact and is therefore not nearly as harsh as sand on a rusty old car, probably be easier on old piano bits too?
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