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miriam 12-29-2014 03:24 AM

I can see why you would want to work on the finish. I would work on another machine first. I would go to Glenn's profile and read everything he has written. I have a few things on here, too - I get into my mistakes and that might be helpful, too. As far as servicing your machine here is a link: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...t-t174236.html I'm thinking there is a lot posted on QB about the FW machines.

asgardner 12-29-2014 08:25 AM

The close up pics make it look much worse than it is. I was told to use WD-40 and black paste shoe polish on the finish. He said the shoe polish would fill in the scratches. Does this sound right? I am worried about it rubbing off on my fabric while sewing.

asgardner 12-29-2014 10:05 AM

Does anyone know if there is anyone in the North Texas/Southern Oklahoma area that can work on the finish of a machine? I'm worried I'll mess up my grandmother's machine. Thanks!

miriam 12-29-2014 10:27 AM


Originally Posted by asgardner (Post 7025447)
The close up pics make it look much worse than it is. I was told to use WD-40 and black paste shoe polish on the finish. He said the shoe polish would fill in the scratches. Does this sound right? I am worried about it rubbing off on my fabric while sewing.

It is nowhere in this tutorial

ArchaicArcane 12-29-2014 10:29 AM

Don't use WD-40. It can silver the decals if they're at all vulnerable. That calls into question the other advice. I think shoe polish would rub off on fabric until it was gone then the scratches would reappear.

I've seen far better suggestions for refreshing a finish that isn't in dire need of rehabilitation. I am however the wrong person to ask about the best chemicals to refresh a machine. I get cloud out of wax unless I use a power polisher and the FW is way too small and complex for that. ;)

I'd be curious what a good coat of wax would do. Wax can fill the scratches creating the optical illusion of a flat surface that reflects evenly - i.e. shine - and it's a lot safer than the 2 products you've had recommended.

Shoe polish is fine for the case.

asgardner 12-29-2014 11:18 AM

I'll start with waxing. Thanks!

miriam 12-29-2014 11:30 AM

if the wax is water based it can ruin the finish

ArchaicArcane 12-29-2014 11:37 AM

Right. Carnauba wax is what Dave McCallum recommends.

asgardner 12-29-2014 11:54 AM

I bought Meguiar's deep crystal carnauba wax. Is that ok?

asgardner 12-29-2014 12:04 PM

My game plan is this:
1. Clean machine with sewing machine oil. All the store had was Dritz.
2. Wipe off with naphtha.
3. Apply a little shellac over the decals to protect them.
4. Wax.
Am I missing anything? Thanks!


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