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Thread: Cleaning and repairing the Shellac clear coat on Vintage sewing machine heads

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    Thank you Glenn! I bought a 'boat anchor' Wheeler and Wilson a few weeks ago. It was definitely used a great deal during it's lifetime. The paint is worn away down to bare metal around the spool pin. I'll use your method to bring her back the best I can.

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    Wow, the machine looks beautiful!! The Lettering that you did is PERFECT!! Great tutorial! Thank you!
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    Glenn, what the heck is Plast Buster, where do we get it and exactly what is it for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    Glenn, what the heck is Plast Buster, where do we get it and exactly what is it for?
    I get Plast Buster at the auto store, I use it to loosen up rust and and clean all the moving parts. Some use kerosene but I use Plast buster. It is neater and can be sprayed in all the internal parts.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    I also don't use Tri-flow, I use sewing machine oil or a good quality clock oil and only sewing machine lub when needed for motors. Some like the Tri-flow and have had good results. I just dont use it because I am a driven by traditional methods and when the book says sewing machine oil that is what I will use. I think I forgot to mention that after cleaning oil the machine well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I also don't use Tri-flow, I use sewing machine oil or a good quality clock oil and only sewing machine lub when needed for motors. Some like the Tri-flow and have had good results. I just dont use it because I am a driven by traditional methods and when the book says sewing machine oil that is what I will use. I think I forgot to mention that after cleaning oil the machine well.
    Glad to see you say that! I figure if sewing machine oil & Singer lubricant kept these old machines going this long, it's certainly stood the test of time. That's all I use & my machines run as smooth & quiet as the day they were made.

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    Thanks for the great tutorial, Glenn. I have a few machines that have to cleaned and these directions are just what I need. What kind of gold paint did you use to touch up the lettering?

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    Skip...YOU ROCK!! Thank you!!

    I still haven't figured out how to handle the finish on the Köhler...I think I may end up touching up the lettering, letting the base decals alone, and applying shellac to clear coat and preserve what's left of them.

    You did a great job on that slide plate...that had some ugly to it when I sent it to you!
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    ​My candidate for Glenn's Method, the Brunswick. Too bad that the cabinet is beyond repair.
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    Wonderful job! Love the decals!
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