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

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    There were only a few decals and I avoided them as much as I could, I made stencils of the decals in paper and then taped over them to protect what I could. It did not turn out too bad, but still had some yellowed places that looked more green than blue. The bed looked nice however. Sometimes you sacrifice a machine to learning, that is why you don't do it on anything but a machine that needs more tlc than you can give it.
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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 know that this is an old thread, but the topic is still very relevant and popular today with vintage sewing machine enthusiasts.

    I think that he meant PB Blaster, not Plat Buster.

    PB Blaster is probably, IMHO, the pest penetrating oil on the market for loosening rusty bolts/parts.

    PB Blaster is available at most auto parts stores, Amazon and even WallyWorld(Walmart).
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    Yes it is PB Blaster, I just call it Plast Buster and yes the best penetratng oil ever. I could clean old machines without it.
    I get mine at Wal Mart.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    could clean
    or couldn't clean?
    Maria
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    I could not clean old machines without it. Sorry Maria....
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    I discovered PB Blaster on this thread and it is now a permanent part of the VSM restoration effort at my house. There are so many resources out there, there is no excuse to let these classic machines go to the dump.

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    So I found this in my shed yesterday! Surprise lol. Cabinet is pretty much toast but this little cutey runs, needs a belt and a serious spa day but can I fix this shellac? Name:  AC378F24-3AD0-4853-99DC-F25F05AC3F17.jpeg
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    This has gone into my book marks to be recalled at a moments notice. I don't have that many older machine any more but have restored all but the last one I picked up. It is in fair condition but this will be a great help in getting to 100%. Thank you for a great learning tool.

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    I just finished my sample block. It still needs a bit of squaring up but IMHO looks ok. I decided not to put a circle center on the ones I am making so they will not be confused with ones that were made by an unknown artist.
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