01-09-2014, 08:24 PM
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I have a '30s Aristocrat with a problem. When opening the TTO, the handle gets stiff around the point where the doors are facing directly up. Before then it is smooth, closing it is smoother (but not as smooth as it should be.)

I've tried soaking the razor in hot tap water + dishwashing detergent, then tried a soak in mineral oil. Using a small flashlight and peering into the handle, I think the problem is accumulated soap scum. I could try putting the razor in very hot (near boiling?) water, but don't want to do that if it is going to damage the razor or the gold finish. As is the razor is certainly functional and I've no desire to turn it into a paperweight.

Any ideas?

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 01-09-2014, 08:48 PM
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You don't, by chance, have an ultrasonic cleaner or know someone with one, do you? I have heard many good things with these cleaners.
Barring that, you may just have to keep soaking the razor for longer periods and more often. I have tried using CLR by pouring it with an eyedropper into the razor and quickly rinsing with cold water after 20 seconds or so. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this method, but if you are desperate.
Best of luck.

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 01-10-2014, 08:54 AM
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I'm having the same problem with a Gillette Super Speed. It has loosened up a little over time, but still gets stiff before the doors are all the way open.

So far I've tried boiling water, CLR, Kaboom, Scrubbing Bubbles.
Next thing I'll try is running it through the dishwasher.

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 01-10-2014, 10:30 AM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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Another way is to use WD 40 OR a good oil and heat up the razor with a hair dryer while moving the knob...not too hot but gentle warming...you can always soap clean the razor afterwards to get the oil smell off...some time the gunk will run off or dissapate..make sure the oil gets into the center hole at the top and bottom

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 01-10-2014, 11:41 AM
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I'm a bit concerned about something like WD40 impacting the gold finish.

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 01-10-2014, 12:06 PM
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  • GregDR
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  • Illinois
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You could try some 3 in 1 multipurpose oil. Turn the razor upside down and put a few drops into the bottom of the handle then open and closed it a bunch of times. If that doesn't help right away put another drop or two in then leave it set upside down over night. It really lets the oil break up whatever's keeping it tight. It worked on a '34 Aristocrat I had a while back that had a stiff knob.

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 01-10-2014, 01:06 PM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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(01-10-2014, 11:41 AM)insomniac Wrote: I'm a bit concerned about something like WD40 impacting the gold finish.

I don,t think so..many people use it to clean their hands...other than the smell I have never had any problems

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 01-10-2014, 01:13 PM
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Hmmm, I wonder if Ballistol would work.

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 01-23-2014, 11:18 PM
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We use liquid wrench in the shop often - but honestly a good ultrasonic cleanse does wonders. You just have to have a powerful enough machine to make any "dent" in issues like this. good luck- let me know if we can help.

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 01-24-2014, 03:00 AM
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I never heard of "liquid wrench" around here. Is it something similar to WD40?

And what on hearth is CLR? Huh

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 01-24-2014, 06:45 AM
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  • slantman
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(01-24-2014, 03:00 AM)oversaturn Wrote: I never heard of "liquid wrench" around here. Is it something similar to WD40? YES

And what on hearth is CLR? Huh

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 01-24-2014, 07:19 AM
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Liquid wrench helps loosen parts that are stuck together- I believe it's a solvent. WD40 is a cheap oil that involves water in the formulation. WD40 doesn't keep parts lubricated long term.

CLR is a Calcium, Lime and Rust remover. It's used a lot in bathrooms around showers and sinks. It works well on razors.

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 01-24-2014, 08:01 AM
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Understood. Thank you Jerry and RE. Smile

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 01-28-2014, 02:45 AM
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Had one like that. The previous owner managed to get a tremendous amount of soap residue inside the TTO. I boiled the razor. Each time I removed the razor from the hot water I worked the handle back and fourth and melted soap came out.

I wicked the soap away from the handle a few times and put the razor back on the boiling water. I repeated this process about 5 or 6 times.

Before: I almost couldn't turn the handle
After: It felt like it was brand new

I recommend you not add any oils or grease as doing this will attract dirt and most likely not make the TTO any smoother. Maybe if it has some issues but I would try cleaning it out first.

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 02-02-2014, 02:05 PM
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My main concern is the gold finish on the razor, I would prefer not to damage it. I may have to try Liquid Wrench though, thanks for the tip RE!

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 02-02-2014, 02:48 PM
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  • CMur12
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Agreed, Steve. You definitely don't want to boil a gold razor, though boiling works well with other finishes.

- Murray

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 06-28-2014, 12:25 PM
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(02-02-2014, 02:05 PM)insomniac Wrote: My main concern is the gold finish on the razor, I would prefer not to damage it. I may have to try Liquid Wrench though, thanks for the tip RE!

Liquid wrench doesn't remove soap residue. Try hot tap water to release the soap residue. Might take longer but since boiling water destroys gold plate.

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 07-03-2014, 11:29 AM
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Do these techniques, particularly CLR work on loosening up that last 1/4 turn on an adjustable? Ultrasonic cleaning and repeated soaks haven't worked.

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 07-03-2014, 12:15 PM
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  • Gago
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  • Rio de Janeirto
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I had a similar problem with a black tip superSpeed, and what was causing it was rust inside the handle, on the spring mechanism. I loosened it fromt the head using a wrench, sprayed a huge amount of WD40 inside and a buckload of rust fell off. It solved the problem =)

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