How to get super smooth edges with non-heatable edge paint…? I’ve got the solution! It’s been quite a while since I’ve shown you some new tools though for every project I am searching for the best tools. I’ve got quite a collection by now (part I, part II), nevertheless, there is always something I would love to add ;). Not only to have something new but also to improve my leather craft and eventually the results. This time I wanted to test a combi-tool. Since I didn’t know whether I would use it a lot, as it starts with many of my tools I found quite a cheap one! For all the Dutchies, I got it at the Action for just 19,95 euros!!
What did I expect?
Well, honestly I didn’t expect that much though I never used a ‘real’ combi-tool like a Demel before. So I didn’t really know what to expect or what to compare it to… But the reviews online are quite positive … and so am I. First of all, I love the price 😉 as you can imagine and secondly, it has all kind of accessories with it! It takes some time to get the hang of it, to have not too much power nor too less for the job!
What do I use it for:
It’s a multi-tool for many different handyman purposes; such as grinding, sanding and polishing. Though I will be using it to smooth the gathered layers in-between the edge paint layers. As you can imagine, the paint will flow wherever it can so you will keep seeing the middle edge for quite some layers. You can fix it eventually by adding a layer over a layer or by using a heating iron and heatable paint. Tough the first option isn’t ideal and the second not yet possible (don’t have the proper tools…;) as always….).
What does it look like?
Well, that depends… Because besides all the different tips it also has an additional flexible shaft. Perfect for the more precise projects. In my case, it is navy blue with bright orange buttons. It has an on and off button on the bottom and a wheel on the top to increase the power from 8000 to 35000 round per minute (RPM).
How to smooth the edges
Shall we take my previous project as an example? The tip of the triangle of the envelope contains a magnet as described in the previous ‘making of‘ post and has a reinforced layer on top of the lining. In total it has 3 layers on top of each other and therefore might be a challenge for edge painting… But not with my new combi-tool!!
When you want to know more about edge paint make sure you check out this, this and this post first. They explain why and how to use edge paint! When you love the shiny look of edge paint it should definitely be completely smooth. The first layer of edge paint will display some of the fibres of the leather, even with serious sanding. The second will smooth out some bumps but will not be silky smooth. Therefore you could use a fine grit sandpaper or the polishing tool of this combi-tool!.
When you use the polishing stone on edge paint, it won’t actually polish it but remove all irregularities. As you can see in the image above it removes the shine and the layer becomes mat. You should not use too much power or you will remove all your layers or you can start again… The left side of the imaged edge displays the final layer over the mat layer. You can repeat this step over and over again until you are satisfied with the result!
Do you use a combi-tool like this often? If you’ve got any tips or tricks leave a comment below and we can all profit from it! Oh, and you shouldn’t mind getting dusty and all but that’s what you are used to with leather craft right?