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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 06-23-2019, 05:49 PM
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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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Old 07-05-2019, 06:24 AM
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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? ac378f24-3ad0-4853-99dc-f25f05ac3f17.jpeg
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:39 AM
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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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Old 03-26-2020, 02:35 PM
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Default A Small Clarification

I have a machine that I want to French polish. I've read this thread and the other thread started by Glenn on this subject several times, but there is one thing I'm not sure about. Should I let the machine sit for a day or so between each application of shellac?

I picked up a Singer 66 in bad shape to practice on. Glad I did, because I missed the fact the denatured alcohol/boiled linseed oil part of the procedure was to prep the surface rather than to remove the shellac and I took off more of the shellac than I probably should have in my trial run. No matter this is just practice, I proceeded to apply shellac as indicated by Glen and it looked pretty good, not perfect but the marks left by the cloth were very slight and only noticeable when checking it at odd angles. But the marks got worse with additional coats. Not sure if this was because I should have given it more time to dry or if it was because I used more BLO with the later coats. You see I also missed that you need less BLO with each coat.

Any insights or suggestions would be appreciated,

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Old 04-26-2020, 09:38 AM
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aniline dye stain alcohol soluble that is mixed with shellac to a paint consistency. You can purchase the alcohol soluble stain in Ebony or Negro depending on the company. Any wood workers cat will have it. I buy mine at Lee Valley or Woodworkers supply.
Help! I'm really struggling to find this. All Lee Valley seems to have is water soluble aniline dye. I can only guess that is not the same but would it work?
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I got mine at Lee Valley and surprised they don't have it. You can try other wood workers catalog. No water soluble will not work.
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Help! I'm really struggling to find this. All Lee Valley seems to have is water soluble aniline dye. I can only guess that is not the same but would it work?
Tiffiny- I did a quick google search and there are a lot of other places they are available, including Amazon!

https://tinyurl.com/alcohol-dyes

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Originally Posted by themadpatter View Post
Tiffiny- I did a quick google search and there are a lot of other places they are available, including Amazon!...
Actually the Amazon link gives a "Not Found" page, however, I think this page will - https://www.amazon.com/s?k=aniline+d...lcohol+soluble

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Originally Posted by themadpatter View Post
Tiffiny- I did a quick google search and there are a lot of other places they are available, including Amazon!

https://tinyurl.com/alcohol-dyes

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Thank you but trust me, I've been Google searching extremely hard already. All of the links that come up for Amazon are broken and/or the product isn't actually available when you click on them. The only link I've been able to actually follow to a product is the woodworker.com and they are out of stock with a broken "notify me" button for when it is back in stock.
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