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Thread: Black and brown metal bits

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    Black and brown metal bits

    So sorry to be asking another question. I know I've read the answer somewhere but I can't find it.

    I've got two very old 15k's and I am struggling to get them clean. The metal bits on one are black and the other they are dark brown. The metal polish I am using is not touching them (autosol). Should I be using some kind of solvent on them first? I am at the point of giving up on these two machines as they are in such bad condition but I really don't want to do that.

    Clare

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    I'm having trouble visualizing what you are talking about. Got any pics?
    I have a Singer 15 and a Singer 201 with black chrome metal.
    Is the dark brown rust, cigarette smoke residue, dried up oil or what?
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    here is some black chrome
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Hi Miriam,

    Here are some pictures

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    This is the "black" one (not completely black but the discolouration looks black rather than brown).

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    This is from the same machine.

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    This is from the second machine, the bobbin winder and stitch length regulator are very brown.

    I tried cleaning up the back plate from this second machine and I've got it a lot cleaner than it was but in no way does it look as good as I would like it to (still lots of black areas on it). I'll try and get pictures of it.

    Clare
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    It looks like some of the plating has come off on the decorative bits.
    How much do you want to take off? Muv has a great video about doing a gentle cleaning.
    It looks like decals have already been partly removed. You can go with harsh chemical cleaners if you aren't worried about paint, decals or your health. I have a Singer 15 machine looks like someone used a belt sander to take off a good deal of paint. It will have to go way smooth to repaint. It is a lot of work.
    In my opinion, I would clean up the filthy stuff and use it as is - I bet it will make a good stitch - consider the cosmetics to be war wounds or merit badges.
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