02-18-2013, 01:03 PM
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I picked up a nice Senator (for $15) over the weekend. I did my usual hot soapy water and toothbrush, followed up with Scrubbing Bubbles, and finished with another hot soapy scrub. Most of the scum and grime came clean, but the doors are kind of dull and there is a ghost of black staining in the handle knurling. What can I use now to get the handle clean and bring back the luster. The mechanics are great and there is no brassing anywhere. It's just dull looking. Thanks!

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 02-18-2013, 01:06 PM
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  • slantman
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Can you show some pictures of its condition.

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 02-18-2013, 01:16 PM
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It might just be some oxidation on the metal, hard to tell w/o pics. I use the same cleaning process you do when I get new razors in. If there is something the SB's doesn't remove or if the razor is looking dull, the I will polish it up with some FLITZ polish and it will usually bring the shine right back into the razor.

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 02-18-2013, 01:29 PM
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  • tgutc
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I too use Flitz and it works really well.

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 02-18-2013, 01:31 PM
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  • Harvey
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Most any metal polish works but i have had great luck with MAAS...you can use your old toothbrush to get it into the creases and buff until you are satisfied ...then rinse with dish soap and another old medium tooth brush and it should glow in the dark!!!

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 02-18-2013, 02:23 PM
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Here's three lousy cell phone pics. Don't know if they'll be any help.

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 02-18-2013, 03:19 PM
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  • Harvey
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Just use MAAS polish...put it on and buff it off...easy.Smile

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 02-18-2013, 03:36 PM
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Do you think it will shine up the knurling too?

Jeff

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 02-18-2013, 05:22 PM
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Yes indeed...that is why you need several crappy new or old toothbrushes or even a nail brush...this will brighten and clean any dirt or old soap residue...do it a few times...clean,polish and rinse....an old washcloth helps for the final polish wiping...and if all else fails and you feel so inclined get it replated....I have never done that but it can be done.

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 02-18-2013, 06:04 PM
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Thanks!

Jeff

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 02-18-2013, 06:06 PM
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Good looking razor. Follow Harvey's advice above w/ the metal polish of your choice and it'll be looking close to new in no time.

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 02-18-2013, 09:25 PM
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  • Shaun
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Most metal polishes are good. I use Solver auto polish, favoured by guys with bikes that like highly polished chrome parts.

You could also try Brasso which is a fine polish. I find it works very well, and easier to clean off than metal polish which I find to be greasy. I also use Brasso to polish old bakelite, or scratched varnish on a table. It works brilliantly.

Either way, on a razor I use a soft cloth and rub it generously and hard.

To finish the doors, I put some polish on a paper towel on a flat surface, turn the razor on its head and rub it onto the towel, hard, going in the same direction, back and forth, fast. The results are usually quite dramatic.

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 02-19-2013, 12:08 PM
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The Brasso worked well and she's looking pretty good! All cleaned up for tomorrow's shave. Thanks again for all the great suggestions.

Jeff

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 02-19-2013, 12:13 PM
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(02-19-2013, 12:08 PM)jds1 Wrote: The Brasso worked well and she's looking pretty good! All cleaned up for tomorrow's shave. Thanks again for all the great suggestions.

Hi Jeff

Any chance of posting a photo or two showing the results you ended up with?

Take care, Mike

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 02-19-2013, 12:31 PM
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 02-19-2013, 01:10 PM
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(02-19-2013, 12:31 PM)jds1 Wrote: <img style="width: 800px; height: 600px" src="attachment.php?aid=12414" />

Hi Jeff

Thank you, it looks to have cleaned up nicely Thumbsup

Take care, Mike

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 02-19-2013, 01:13 PM
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I think it looks quite good now. Those metal polishes can work wonders.

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 02-20-2013, 03:20 PM
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It gives a nice shave too. I paired it with a Feather and got great results. Smile

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 02-20-2013, 05:10 PM
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Looks like you cleaned it up pretty good... Nice job!

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 02-20-2013, 08:03 PM
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  • vuk
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Polished up nicely Smile

I like to use Wright's Silver Cream, a microfiber cloth & an old soft toothbrush for things like this.

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