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redbugsullivan 07-05-2012 06:21 PM


Originally Posted by Glenn (Post 5341096)
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.
Skip

Your Brunswick is just like my Alvah! Holler and I'll even help you. I love that machine.

cabbagepatchkid 07-05-2012 07:35 PM


Originally Posted by Glenn (Post 5341096)
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.
Skip

Will the rusty metal parts to Caroline's machine be able to be brought back to shiny like your machine, Glenn? I have a New home machine with rusty metal parts and never thought to use a dremel :shock: .

Also, in the first pic you have a container of Naptha. What did you use it for? I have looked through the tutorial a couple of times and can't find what it was used for. Thanks so much for putting this tute together :thumbup: . I have most of the stuff that I need and will get the rest and get started on my New Home.

pippi65 07-06-2012 06:02 AM

What a great save!! It gives people hope that although the machine looks really ratty it can be saved. You are really dedicated. Nice Job!!

BuzzinBumble 07-06-2012 06:05 AM

What you've done is so impressive! Thank you for sharing your technique!

SewExtremeSeams 07-06-2012 07:15 AM

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Thank you, thank you! What a great tute. I have a question about my Jones Hand Machine. I am afraid to touch it anymore since even putting my finger on the decals lightly, the gold comes off, especially around the top part of the base as in this photo. Should I do your thin layer shellacing first?

Glenn 07-06-2012 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid (Post 5342221)
Will the rusty metal parts to Caroline's machine be able to be brought back to shiny like your machine, Glenn? I have a New home machine with rusty metal parts and never thought to use a dremel :shock: .

Also, in the first pic you have a container of Naptha. What did you use it for? I have looked through the tutorial a couple of times and can't find what it was used for. Thanks so much for putting this tute together :thumbup: . I have most of the stuff that I need and will get the rest and get started on my New Home.

I am sorry the naptha is used to remove any oil on the suface of the machine before doing the shellac thing. The rusty parts need to be soaked in Evaporust to remove the rust. Then I polish with Brasso and a buffing wheel on the demel to a high shine. If the rust has pitted the chrome they can't be polished out but will be less noticeable after polish. As I said I use Brasso but you can use your favorite metal polish. If you look closely at the Franklin you can see pitted areas in the shiny metal. Hope this helps.
Skip

Glenn 07-06-2012 10:14 AM


Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams (Post 5343199)
Thank you, thank you! What a great tute. I have a question about my Jones Hand Machine. I am afraid to touch it anymore since even putting my finger on the decals lightly, the gold comes off, especially around the top part of the base as in this photo. Should I do your thin layer shellacing first?

If the decal is this delicate, I would get a can of spray shellac (clear) from Lowes or HDepot and sray a light coat over them before cleaning. If you use my finger method it might take them off. Spraying will glue them down for you.

Skip

SewExtremeSeams 07-06-2012 10:34 AM


Originally Posted by Glenn (Post 5343629)
If the decal is this delicate, I would get a can of spray shellac (clear) from Lowes or HDepot and sray a light coat over them before cleaning. If you use my finger method it might take them off. Spraying will glue them down for you.

Skip

Thank you Skip. I will try that.

blueheavenfla 07-06-2012 10:51 AM

Thanks for this tut. I will be of great help to a lot of us. I, too, wondered about the Naphtha. Thanks for clearing that up.

vintagemotif 07-06-2012 01:52 PM

Glenn, Thank you for taking the time posting this tutorial!


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