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Thread: Kerosene wont cut it.

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    Thanks for the good suggestions, Tammi. I'll give them a try "next time".
    Donna

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    Hey Donna,

    The other thing I've tried, but I suspect you have too, is the Fast Orange. It's a hand cleaner product with a pumice in it. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I think it depends on how grungy the grunge is.
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    If you use any cleaner with pumice you can write off the decals and most of the paint. It will destroy them.

    I've run out of Hoppe's and am still not finished cleaning this little thing. The remaining gunk looks like the inside of an oven with all the baked on grease. But I don't want to ruin what's left of the paint and decals so I'm only going to use non abrasive cleaners.

    And so far, the following is all that's worked:
    Hoppe's #9 Gun Cleaning Solvent.

    And these have not:
    Simple Green
    Dawn dish washing detergent
    Lighter fluid
    Sewing machine oil


    I think I'll try some paint thinner on the edges that's giving me the worst trouble.

    Joe

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    Oh, Sorry Joe, we were talking about the cleanup afterward. No abrasives on the machine, abrasives on the hands to remove the grunge.

    I had no idea you could use Simple Green on a sewing machine. hmm....
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, 31-15, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    We were addressing the cleaning of our dainty lady hands AFTER the grunge work but thanks for the warning anyway. I think our skin is tougher than the decals.
    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    If you use any cleaner with pumice you can write off the decals and most of the paint. It will destroy them.

    I've run out of Hoppe's and am still not finished cleaning this little thing. The remaining gunk looks like the inside of an oven with all the baked on grease. But I don't want to ruin what's left of the paint and decals so I'm only going to use non abrasive cleaners.

    And so far, the following is all that's worked:
    Hoppe's #9 Gun Cleaning Solvent.

    And these have not:
    Simple Green
    Dawn dish washing detergent
    Lighter fluid
    Sewing machine oil


    I think I'll try some paint thinner on the edges that's giving me the worst trouble.

    Joe

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    OK, sorry I missed those posts. Simple green is OK when diluted on most newer machines. But it will destroy decals on older machines. I found that out the hard way.
    If I were to use it on an older machine I'd use q-tips and make sure it didn't get near the decals.

    Joe

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