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Glowygirl2 11-02-2018 01:14 PM

Glenn, I have a 50s machine that the finish has yellowed extremely, will the french polish lighten this up some or is there another method for this. It is a blue machine that is now green because of the yellowing. I thought at first like some of my other machines it was just oil and soaked it good with the hand cleaner I like to use that usually works and have used on other machines but it did not come off except with a wet sand like you would do to a car finish clear coat. I tried it in a spot only. Thanks for any help you can give me. L

Glenn 11-02-2018 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by Glowygirl2 (Post 8154224)
Glenn, I have a 50s machine that the finish has yellowed extremely, will the french polish lighten this up some or is there another method for this. It is a blue machine that is now green because of the yellowing. I thought at first like some of my other machines it was just oil and soaked it good with the hand cleaner I like to use that usually works and have used on other machines but it did not come off except with a wet sand like you would do to a car finish clear coat. I tried it in a spot only. Thanks for any help you can give me. L

No the french polish will not work on paint.

miriam 11-02-2018 02:22 PM

Try a little Dawn and see if it gets some of the yellow out but usually once it is yellow it will stay yellow.

Glowygirl2 11-02-2018 02:25 PM

Thanks Glenn. I tried dawn already the only thing takes it off so far is a wet sand. It is a lot of work to wet sand when your hands are not what they used to be and visited by Arthur Itis. I guess if that is my choice I will go with it. Thanks again for trying to help!

Hamedkhaniri 11-19-2018 01:49 PM

How did you repair the stickers?

Glowygirl2 12-01-2018 04:55 PM

There were only a few decals and I avoided them as much as I could, I made stencils of the decals in paper and then taped over them to protect what I could. It did not turn out too bad, but still had some yellowed places that looked more green than blue. The bed looked nice however. Sometimes you sacrifice a machine to learning, that is why you don't do it on anything but a machine that needs more tlc than you can give it.

jenniferny 04-24-2019 10:21 AM


Originally Posted by Silver Needle (Post 5339543)
Glenn, what the heck is Plast Buster, where do we get it and exactly what is it for?

I know that this is an old thread, but the topic is still very relevant and popular today with vintage sewing machine enthusiasts.

I think that he meant PB Blaster, not Plat Buster.

PB Blaster is probably, IMHO, the pest penetrating oil on the market for loosening rusty bolts/parts.

PB Blaster is available at most auto parts stores, Amazon and even WallyWorld(Walmart).https://www.quiltingboard.com/blob:h...f-42a616b9ee34

Glenn 04-25-2019 09:41 AM

Yes it is PB Blaster, I just call it Plast Buster and yes the best penetratng oil ever. I could clean old machines without it.
I get mine at Wal Mart.

Farmhousesewer 04-27-2019 11:56 AM

Skip...

could clean
or couldn't clean?

Glenn 04-27-2019 01:18 PM

I could not clean old machines without it. Sorry Maria....


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