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Article about: Here is my entrenching tool - finally ! I got it on ebay and it was painted green - from the photos it matched the pattern for the wartime shovel. I stripped the paint and cleaned it a bit.

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    Here is my entrenching tool - finally !
    I got it on ebay and it was painted green - from the photos it matched the pattern for the wartime shovel.
    I stripped the paint and cleaned it a bit. Unfortunately, there is no makers mark.
    Any feedback is appreciated - thanks !
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    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Good job! - you managed to save some of the original black paint ..... that can be hard to do when stripping post war paint.
    A nice addition.
    Cheers,Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    dot 3 brake fluid did the job well :-)
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Quote by meyle77 View Post
    dot 3 brake fluid did the job well :-)
    Really!? Interesting to know...

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    Appears good German WW2 any marks on the blade or handle? timothy

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    Quote by timothy View Post
    Appears good German WW2 any marks on the blade or handle? timothy
    no markings.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Quote by Bill T View Post
    Really!? Interesting to know...
    Brake fluid is corrosive in nature so it lifts and removes paint easily and quickly.
    It doesn't damage metal, wood or abs or even fiberglass.
    What I do is pour some into a glass jar and use a brush to apply coat over an item. After 10-15minutes, I go over with an old rag to remove all loose pieces. I repeat the application and use razor blade and scratch pad (green) to remove the rest. I then rinse it with water, dry and scrape any leftovers. The etool took me 3 applications with 15 intervals. So from green to black, the whole process took about 2hrs.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    very nice restoration meyle it must of been quite laborious for you ,i wonder why the green paint ,im guessing used by a re-enactor ,cheers james

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    Quote by col james View Post
    very nice restoration meyle it must of been quite laborious for you ,i wonder why the green paint ,im guessing used by a re-enactor ,cheers james
    not really, I drunk 2 beers and enjoyed the sun :-)
    the post-war paint on that one was applied by the new user - the Dutch Army. Norwegian Army also repainted their green.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    great stuff meyle ,i like the way you think my favorite pass time as well as collecting militaria is drinking beer thanks for the explanation for the post war paint i never thought of that

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