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

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

Old 07-05-2012, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by jeaninmaine View Post
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?
I used a testors gold paint pin, then used a fine artist brush dipped in the paint on the felt of the pin
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
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!
Charlee that is about all you can do with the poly. I did not mess with the bed decals either I figure it is wear from using the machine for many years and it would have been very diff to paint all the missing decal there on the front side of the bed. It gives the machine character..... I could not stand the pin rash and just had to something with it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:11 AM
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You are so Smart & Dedicated to the restoring art.
You did a beautiful job.
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This needs to go on a sticky!!!
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
​My candidate for Glenn's Method, the Brunswick. Too bad that the cabinet is beyond repair.
Caroline you have a very good machine for my method of cleaning and bringin it back. Just make sure sure you clean the mechanics first then after the dish soap bath clean the decals with sewing machine oil then wipe the thing down with naptha to remove the oil. Now you can to the shellac tech. Have fun with it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:41 AM
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You'll be surprised how nice these machines take to this kind of treatment. Here is a Vindex Special Glenn coached us through.
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I don't have a before picture but I have an almost before picture. It is a pic of one in the condition the Vindex Special was in - it is setting in front of the Vindex Special:
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Thanks Glenn. I've saved all this so that I'll have it whenever I need it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:37 PM
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If your machines are fairly clean and the decals are good. Before you try my method please go to MUV's video on cleaning vintage machines. She is extremely good at cleaning the old ladies. My methods are for really grimey and machines that are in rough shape. MUV knows a lot about these machines and has the same love for them as I do. Please do look at her videos first so you can make a choice as which way to go. Thank you..
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I have a Singer 66 Redeye and a very old Davis treadle from around 1885 that are both in VERY sad shape.
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Another great tutorial, Glenn !! Can't wait to be able to try it out when I am able to.

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