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-   -   Cleaning and repairing the Shellac clear coat on Vintage sewing machine heads (https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/cleaning-repairing-shellac-clear-coat-vintage-sewing-machine-heads-t193635.html)

marski 02-07-2017 04:31 PM

A very informative tutorial, I need to do this! Thanks for sharing :-)

Michelle Churney 04-09-2017 03:42 PM

I live in Ontario Canada and can't get denatured alcohol. What else can I use?

miriam 04-09-2017 04:04 PM

Can you get 90% rubbing alcohol?

Michelle Churney 04-09-2017 04:12 PM

Not sure, I will look tomorrow

HelenAnn 04-10-2017 03:32 AM

I googled the question and it seems like you should be able to get something close. Try google.

OurWorkbench 04-10-2017 04:11 AM

Originally Posted by Michelle Churney (Post 7801381)
I live in Ontario Canada and can't get denatured alcohol. What else can I use?

Maybe you can get some ideas from this page -> http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...193635-37.html

Janey - Neat people never make the exciting discoveries I do.

Michelle Churney 04-10-2017 02:55 PM

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[ATTACH=CONFIG]571332[/ATTACH]This is 95% ethenal. Will this work?

miriam 04-20-2017 03:01 AM

Put a little on a Qtip and see if it softens shellac

bkay 05-09-2017 09:45 AM

I've not read this whole thread, but am starting on it tonight. So, the answers may already be here.

I realize I've had a couple of misconceptions. I thought the color on a sewing machine was shellac. (Someone questioned me on that yesterday.) Now, as I re-read some of this, now I think maybe the clear coat is the only shellac part. If so, what kind of paint is under it, or does it matter (if you are touching up bare metal)? Someone has a "featherweight touch-up paint" on Ebay that is acrylic and I know that's not original.

When a machine develops a "crinkle" in the finish, what has happened? Is that the clear coat or the entire finish (old Pfaff)?


Glenn 05-09-2017 11:14 AM

Crinkle finish is caused by the machine being subject to hot and cold like extreme heat in the summer in a barn or attic.It could be in the Japan finish or in the shellac. Test the clear coat with a dab of alcohol and if the finish becomes sticky and melts your clear coat is shellac.

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