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Thread: cleaning products for older machines

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    cleaning products for older machines

    I know I've seen it posted several times on this section but I'm looking for the product name that can be used to clean the older black singers without removing the paint and also a good polish to use afterwards.

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    Sheila

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    Some use GOJO (non pumice) followed by Liquid Gold. Some have reported that using GOJO has removed the decals from their machines.... plain sewing machine oil is best.
    Liquid Gold is fine, but car wax gives a great shine and is more durable.
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    My OSMG uses Goo Gone. Like everything else, carefully around the decals, but he's gotten great results on some spectacularly crudded up machines. He told me to treat it like sewing machine oil-wipe it on, let it sit a bit, wipe it off. For wax, I use the Mother's car wax in the red can. Pricey, but wow!
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    I love a product called TuffStuff that was originally designed for car interiors. It is wonderful! I got the recommendation from Graham Forsdyke who has a company in the UK that cleans, repairs, and sells Featherweights. I found it at the second auto supply place I tried.

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    Is the TuffStuff cleaner or finish?

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    The product I use is called "Goop" and not only does it clean the machines but shines it. Hope this helps.

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    So what do you use for a machine that has lived in a smoker's house for years and has that yellowish build up all over the machine? I want to get the smoke off mine. It sat in my folks house for several years and both of them were chain smokers.

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    You can use Dawn Dish Soap thinned with water to remove the nicotine/smoke coating. It works great, and will not harm any surface of your machine.

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    I use sewing machine oil to clean, buff real well with clean rags. Then I let it sit for a day or so before I begin with TR3 (auto supply store). I use the TR3 in very small spots, rub it in, and continue until it disappears. On machines where the clear coat is shot, it may take 20+ applications, but it will shine. Yes, this takes me a very long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    You can use Dawn Dish Soap thinned with water to remove the nicotine/smoke coating. It works great, and will not harm any surface of your machine.

    Thanks for this reminder. I forgot what I bought that Dawn for
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    I like Dawn too - there is a Dawn de-greaser but it might take off paint on some machines - use on non-paint areas
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    I just did a cleanup of my machine; I used very diluted dish soap on a paper towel and wiped it down to get all the old oil and stuff off it, then wiped it down with a dry paper towel (so much grossness on it--yuck!). Once it was dry, I used this stuff, the pourable stuff specifically, being very careful around the decals and other sensitive bits. My FW gleams now, and she feels so silky smooth. Great stuff!

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    How does one go about cleaning knobs and such? I have a 15-91. The pressure regulating thumb screw is specifically what I would like to clean. Does this screw come off if one keeps turning counter-clockwise? I haven't even tried that. Still learning about my new machine, so am rather tentative about anything I do to her, but do want to take baby steps in checking things out and cleaning her.

    I already added drops of oil on all of the top oil holes. Now need to do the underside and take off the faceplate. Am going to purchase the lubricant that gets used on the motor. She doesn't seem to have any rust, but this particular know is kind of dingy. Also there is a little pad in the top, that is dirty, looks like it should be replaced. I looked on Sew Classic and didn't see that this was a part that could be purchased. Did a little bit of googling as well, and wasn't finding anything.

    She sews wonderfully - I absolutely love her (think I am going to call her Annie). In February I would like to have her serviced with someone in our area that services these machines (just to make sure all is in order). I have ordered the bobbin tire, because that was disintegrating. I know that she will need to be rewired, can see that the casing in some areas looks like it has some cracks developing. So have been downloading the manuals, instructions, etc. to do this. I will probably ask the service person what he would charge to re-wire. If the price is right, might go that route - or will enlist the help of DH in this endeavor.

    Am I on the right track with this? Is there anything else I should be considering?

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