YAY! So this is my first PRODUCT review! I figured I might as well do this, considering that well (1) I’m a writer at heart (and by trade) and (2) as an intermediate jewelry maker, I’m still learning techniques and tools in the industry.
Here’s a tool I recently stumbled upon called Tool Magic. It’s designed to coat your metal tools with a temporary rubber solution that will prevent your metal tools from marring any of your work. The photos below display what my various pliers look like after dipping them into the solution and allowing them to dry for several hours:
Once dried, you can work with your pliers as usual with little damage to your materials…or so they say.
While I really like this product, I have several problems with it. My first problem is the drying/setting time. The label tells you to allow the ‘magic’ to dry for at least 2 hours, or overnight. While it seems reasonable, the problem with that is the fact that I’ve had this ‘magic’ chip away or peel off several times while I worked with my pliers. Obviously, I don’t want to continue working with my pliers if there are parts of it exposed, so I have to stop in the middle of my projects, peel off the excess ‘magic’ and re-dip my tools into the formula. And then wait.
Overall, it’s a good solution to use when you’re in a bind and want to make sure that you don’t mar your metals, but then it chips quite a bit and I don’t care for that. In order for it to not chip, you may have to dip it in the solution twice, which might affect your sizing on the round nose pliers. There’s also the matter of the solution thickening and being in a small jar which might make it a little annoying as you’re getting to the dregs of the bottle.
I’ve seen it as cheap at 6.50 and as expensive as 12 dollars in the beautiful money-pinching city of New York, so the prices vary, but it seems like it’ll last a good bit if you’re not abusing your pliers. So, for the price and the purpose, I’d say this gets 3 out of 5 stars.