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Thread: Free Westinghouse, which part is clean and which it dirty??

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    Question Free Westinghouse, which part is clean and which it dirty??

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    This is the Free Westinghouse that DH picked up for me while he was on a business trip in WI. We cleaned it up a little but but wasn't sure if the shiny part is how the machine is supposed to look or the dull part. I don't want to rub off the clear coat.

    Also there is a part that is broken off and I have all the pieces, should I get a new one or is it safe to glue the piece back together???
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    I would say the shiny spot around the spool pin is the clean area and the grungy dull area is the dirty part.

    Use no chemicals, no Simple Green, no 409, no dish washing detergent, nothing I repeat NOTHING with alcohol in it.
    Many say to use sewing machine oil and cotton balls. I've used the oil with a rag and it did work on some machines, on others not at all.
    I've also used Goop non pumice hand cleaner with stain remover. That also works on some machines. Most people say to use Go-Jo non pumice hand cleaner, I'm going to try that next time I get to the auto parts place.

    I've yet to find anything that will work on every machine. All they are covered with is oil residue, body oils, tobacco smoke and nicotine, fire place smoke and soot, grunge, and generations of dirt. It shouldn't be that hard to clean them. It wouldn't be except for the decals and lacquer or clear coat that's on them.

    What part is broken? I don't see it. All I see is you need a new bulb and screw and nut for the bulb cover. And where is the bobbin winder?

    Joe
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    Its the bobbin winder that is missing. It mounts to the neck on the right, it looks like it snapped off right near the mounting screw. I was hoping to just be able to glue it back together and see what happens.

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    You can try. I'm not sure how much glue will hold though.

    Joe

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    Thanks Joe, Ill try and if it doesn't work Ill be on the search for a replacement bobbin winder

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    What is the bobbin winder made out of? Most are metal. Usually cast iron or stamped steel or a combination of both.

    That's why I said I don't know how well glue will hold. If it's a cast metal, you might be better of trying something like JB Weld rather than glue.

    Just thinking.

    Joe

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    I think thats what DH was thinking of using. Ill let you know how it goes. Also, got some GOOP, I am going to clean her tomorrow so I will show you the results when I am done.

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    The dull color is oxidized clear coat...

    I use TR3 on mine that are like that, being really careful when going over the decals.
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Charlee,

    What is and where do you get "TR3"?

    Joe

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