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Thread: Best way to clean and polish a 1941 FW -- needs some love!

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    Best way to clean and polish a 1941 FW -- needs some love!

    I got a Jan. 7, 1941 black FW and she still runs like a dream. She's got some chips of her paint and it's wore off in spots.

    My question is what's the safest way to clean it and polish it until I get the cash to get it repainted. My sister is an artist and uses automotive paint to finish motorcycles and cars so I'm sure she's going to be excited to get a hold of this little girl for me. I'd like to clean her up but not sure the best way to go about it.

    Any advise would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Stitch124

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    I follow this advice and it works beautifully! A major collector and almost expert uses this method on her giant flock so I was comfortable using it too. The oxy on the shiny bits was incredible. No scrubbing required! Gunk just melted off. Definitely use some wax, it makes the machine lookbetterand protects the finish.

    http://jillybejoyful.blogspot.com/20...herweight.html

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    Those were some entertaining blogs. Thanks.

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    Thanks for posting that misskira; I ordered the supplies from Amazon (sadly cheaper than buying at the store) and I'm going to take a stab at this tomorrow night! It's always nice to stumble across these kinds of tips!

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    Interesting blog site----but---DO NOT, I repeat, do not, use WD40 on your machine inner parts !! you can use
    sewing machine oil itself. outside places are great to clean with NON-abrasive GoJO hand cleaner. be careful how close
    you get to decals with any cleaner ! you can not easily replace them. I love the painted ones--purple being my favorite--
    but it is a big job & best done by someone with experience in this field. I don't know if the "Glenn" mentioned on this
    site is the same one, but Glenn Williams with the 301 site is honest, his guy is experienced with painting.

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    What are you afraid it's going to do to the machine? There's nothing in wd40 that will cause corrosion. It's simply an oil product meant to displace water and protect surfaces. You aren't supposed to use it as a lubricant sure. But it's fine for cleaning as long as you apply proper oil and grease after using it.

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