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Question Removing Plastic Protective Coating on Bits

I notice the bits Iíve ordered from Infinity tools come with a clear plastic coating on them for protection in shipping. What is the best method for removing the plastic protective coating from router bits?

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Is this the same rubbery stuff that carbide saw teeth are dipped in? In the case of the saw teeth, I know guys that leave it on, mount the blade, and make a cut in scrap wood. Problem solved...apparently. :0
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I usually peel off the protective coating with a thumbnail. I don't know if the coating on Infinity bits is any different than anyone elses bits.

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Pocketknife does it for me.
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Is this the same rubbery stuff that carbide saw teeth are dipped in? In the case of the saw teeth, I know guys that leave it on, mount the blade, and make a cut in scrap wood. Problem solved...apparently. :0
It should be. You canít run a router bit and remove it that way because it can damage the bit. I know some people use a utility knife to gentely remove it. Always thought there would be a liquid or spray you could apply to dissolve the coating.

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I've heard that you can collect and reheat and reuse it but have never tried it. That would imply that it can be melted off with a heat gun.

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Every one I have ever has been so soft it can be peeled off with a thumbnail in seconds.
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Yup -- the peeling thing works for me too.

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Sometimes the rubber can be fairly hard.

I use a small awl, and slide it down the inside of the flute from the shank end. After that, it'll usually pop right off in one piece.

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Depending on the cutter I would either peel from the shaft down to the cutter keeping in mind the cutter are sharp. It's the same coating that comes on Forest blades and intended as a protective covering. On my rail and stile set from Whiteside (they also use this coating) it came off is several pieces. Trying to make a cut with it intack is foolish in my opinion. You don't want stuff flying around the shop and that would come off in pieces and be flung at the speed of the router. Seems reckless to me.........but that's just me.
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