10-26-2012, 10:27 AM
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I thought I'd post the before and after pictures of one of my recent purchases. This is a Gillette NEW that was pretty crusty when I bought it. I did two soaks in hot water with dish washing liquid, followed by a toothbrush scrub, then a soak with scrubbing bubbles, followed by a toothbrush scrub, and then I finished it off with some metal polish to really give it a shine.

A few questions.... Is this the long comb or the short? I see two distinct metals, what are they? Too me it looks like brass and copper but I doubt they'd use a soft metal like copper. Did I remove too much of the original finish?

For what it cost and the little ever to clean it up, I'm very happy with it. I'll be using it for the first time sometime next week.

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 10-26-2012, 10:34 AM
  • beartrap
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Good job! Really looks NEW Biggrin

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 10-26-2012, 11:19 AM
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A vast improvement! Looking good, for sure!

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 10-26-2012, 12:33 PM
  • OldDog23
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Nice job ! Copper is usually what goes on first before top plating. Chrome is done that way. It gives chrome something to "stick" to. Can't say for sure what was on top originally. The cap looks like bronze, no ? Look closely at the center of the cap stud. Appears to be brass, unless it's gold wash. What some describe as a semi-matte chrome on older razors is usually nickel-based wash, a gold colored wash is commonly seen on bare brass razors. When a Gillette has alot of miles on it, the nickel-based wash will start to wear thin and results in what is referred to as "brassing through". (you can then see the base metal underneath the wash.) Looks like there is a bit of gold coloring left under your cap-the small brassy colored patches remaining near the end of the underside of the cap. Most Gillettes were brass base-metal, exceptions being aluminum handles towards the end, and a steel razor (black tip ?) done in `50-`51 due to a brass shortage at around the start of the Korean war. There wasn't enough of the "original" finish left on it to be of any concern about, unless you were thinking of leaving it the way you found it. Aside from using it as a paperweight, it wasn't useful as a tool the way it was. Now, it is. Original condition counts mainly to a "collector", and not a "user". (unless it was a rare piece) Considering that all you did was clean and polish it, cleaned up nicely for the shape it was in when you found it. Use it if it shaves well for you, and enjoy !

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