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That lens is next on my "to Buy" list and I'm wondering, as one who has cut many things with a hacksaw, how did you do this so cleanly?
There was 4 steps to removing the hood & leaving a clean finish -
1. I cut the petals off with an hacksaw as near to the 'base ring' as possible. As you know, this leaves things very rough indeed!
2. I then used a medium gauge metal file to get things a lot smoother. I did this until the outer ring of the hood & the slightly sunken inner ring of the filter holding threads became level (around 20-30 mins). As soon as the two rings 'merged' into one, I stopped filing to prevent damage to the threads (& defeating the whole purpose of the exercise!)
3. I then took a fine gauge sandpaper to take out the marks left by the file. Took about 10 mins.
4. To get a completely smooth, mark free finish, I then polished for about 5 mins with Cape Cod metal polishing cloths (search online). These are pretty cheap & are amazing for shining out any small, scratches or marks from most metals (i use them on my watch occasionally & they make it look like new).
In all honesty, I was surprised how well the whole process went. Took around 2 hours in total with a couple of breaks to rest my aching arm!
One thing I must point out is I COMPLETELY taped up the lens with masking tape beforehand to prevent any of the very fine swarf from entering the lens, or god forbid, marking the glass.
Good luck it you decide to give it a go.