Refinishing Pace Stick

#1
Hi, I have just bought a pace stick second hand and the varnish is a but 'bumpy' on it and the brass is a bit scuffed, does anyone know how I can refinish it in a different colour (It is more of a cherry colour and I want it to be black) and does anyone know where I can get some replacement brass fittings for it (silver).

Thanks
 

maninblack

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#3
Photograph it well so you know how it went together then unscrew the brass parts.

On the wood use something like Nitromorse to strip the varnish then wash it well with white spirtit and a brush.

Let it dry a couple of days and use a good black wood stain.

Coat it with a thin layer of high gloss varnish.

Let it dry for a few days.

Lightly rub it down with wire wool, wash, dry and add a second coat.....keep repeating this until it doesn't look like an injured sheep did the varnishing.

Duraglit the brass, reassemble.

March round screaming.
 
#4
Photograph it well so you know how it went together then unscrew the brass parts.

On the wood use something like Nitromorse to strip the varnish then wash it well with white spirtit and a brush.

Let it dry a couple of days and use a good black wood stain.

Coat it with a thin layer of high gloss varnish.

Let it dry for a few days.

Lightly rub it down with wire wool, wash, dry and add a second coat.....keep repeating this until it doesn't look like an injured sheep did the varnishing.

Duraglit the brass, reassemble.

March round screaming.

Thanks a lot, would I need to use the silvo draglit, or is there another type of duraglit to use?
 
#5
If you don't know how to bull stuff up, you shouldn't be carrying a ******* pace stick!
 
#13
Just for interest...

What is the difference between "racer" and "traditional" sticks? Is it just the weight?

Why would you want a lightweight stick..?

Not that I EVER want to get close to one of these feckin things (or their maniac owners) again you understand....

Two years of Ray Huggins, Jim Cushion and Piggy Barnes on Old College square was quite enough thanks..
 

maninblack

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#14
"Racing" pacesticks are easier to use as they are lighter. A second consideration is that there is an ideal length for your height. If you buy your pacestick from a manufacturer who knows what they are doing then they have a range of gauge pieces which suit each length they make to maintain the trigonometry. Issue sticks are the same length whether you are 5 feet 4 or 6 feet 8 inchesand so they remain folded up under the RSM's arm because they don't work.
 

TheIronDuke

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#15
My question is, does the duraglit turn the brass silver or does it just shine it up?
No, but I have an inexpensive machine for sale which turns brass into gold. PM me for details, yah?

Otherwise, what mainin is saying is sound. Do a Google on French Polishing. Light, thin coats. Rub down with wire wool. Plan on the job taking weeks not days.
 
#17
"Racing" pacesticks are easier to use as they are lighter. A second consideration is that there is an ideal length for your height. If you buy your pacestick from a manufacturer who knows what they are doing then they have a range of gauge pieces which suit each length they make to maintain the trigonometry. Issue sticks are the same length whether you are 5 feet 4 or 6 feet 8 inchesand so they remain folded up under the RSM's arm because they don't work.
As I said Dancraft are the no1 manufacturer and are very reasonable.


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#18
"Racing" pacesticks are easier to use as they are lighter. A second consideration is that there is an ideal length for your height. If you buy your pacestick from a manufacturer who knows what they are doing then they have a range of gauge pieces which suit each length they make to maintain the trigonometry. Issue sticks are the same length whether you are 5 feet 4 or 6 feet 8 inchesand so they remain folded up under the RSM's arm because they don't work.
Basically as above, but the 'Racer' really comes in to its own on the Pacesticking comp and prep for such an event.

There is no need to buy a stick if you are one of these creatures who have got to Sgt Maj rank and not been on a Drill Instructors, as it is just for show. Usually carried around by gripping the middle of it maniacally and wondering what to do with the thing, or awkwardly mimicing what others have been seen to do.

If you've done the course then you buy a Racer, to your diemensions (mine is a nice 40 inches).

It is smaller so is easier to hold under your arm ie onthe salute, it is lighter so various activities such as bringing it from the trail to the under the arm is easier and set to your height so pacesticking is much easier.

You can even buy snap lock ones, rather than the sort you need to unscrew and rescrew, for when you need to quickly pace.

A bit of knowledge about Drill (my lessons can swing to history lessons quite swiftly) and a bit of skill with the pace stick makes 'Drill a Thrill'.

And I always think a Drill Intructor looking resplendant in his uniform (always at the very least Barracks) clicking his way on to the square with a snappy 'change arms' half way before bringing hte open stick under the arm bare millimeters away from his instructional position sets the scene.

Mine sits on my desk on a homemade (but beautifully routed and varnished) stand, complete with book stand facing me. I use that for my diary, except if I know someone is coming in, then I put the Drill Manual on it.
 
#19
Drinking on the job 4 mins in?

[video=youtube_share;SGrAQPRrhA4]http://youtu.be/SGrAQPRrhA4[/video]
 
#20
The Drill Instructors course isn't referred to as the All Arms Drinkng course for nothing...
 

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