01-14-2013, 07:34 PM
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Hey guys I got a question I recieved my Gillette today and I love it but don't get a chance to shave with it because I had class. Anyway I got home from school and I always clean my razors with barbericide and with blue magic which is a polish and artificial steel wool and I noticed that after scrubbing alittle to hard on the head that it's brass under the gold paint but I could be wrong so someone correct me if I am. Any my questio is what is a faster way besides scrubbing can I get the gold was off can I soak it in something and if I do will it damage the razor.
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 01-14-2013, 07:53 PM
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I don't know if I understand the question. The gold you see there probably is real gold plate. It's there for flash, but also because it won't corrode.

What I'm fairly certain I see on the head of the razor is the base metal (I've been wrong before). You might consider getting it replated or just live with the idea that it will just turn cruddy looking over time.

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 01-14-2013, 07:56 PM
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I like the old rustic look and I wanna know if I can do it to the whole razor in like vinegar or something

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 01-14-2013, 08:21 PM
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Ahhh, gotcha! Can't help.

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 01-14-2013, 08:25 PM
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Hahaha thanks Brian hahaha

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 01-14-2013, 08:52 PM
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  • Harvey
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That was gold plating over COPPER...that is the base metal on the top plate...I have 2 of those and no amount of buffing or polishing will change the copper....However on mine underneath is brass over the copper and gold over the brass.

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 01-14-2013, 08:56 PM
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So polishing will get rid of the gold plating you think

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 01-14-2013, 08:59 PM
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yes indeed....you could try wet/dry very fine paper,00000 steel wool or in my case I use my bench grinder which I changed to a buffer....failing that a bit of comet on a wet cloth and then a polish with MAAS or something similar

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 01-14-2013, 09:15 PM
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I'll use a polishing compound I think that should do the trick

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 01-14-2013, 10:04 PM
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Biggrin Yeah, reading it now it may appear I was having fun with you. But my goal was to help. At the time I was at a loss. Normally I try to go the other way.

I'd google "verdigris look brass copper" "aged look brass copper". It may not actually help but it might lead to something that will.

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 01-14-2013, 11:47 PM
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  • Arcadies
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MAAS or Brasso and a lot of elbow grease is the best/safest route to strip the gold plating. If there is any lacquer left on the razor it will be more of a pain, they put that over the gold plate to increase longevity of the plating, it can turn a funky orange color over time and can be a bugger to remove. I used to own a Aristocrat that had peeling lacquer and removed it with several short soaks in oven cleaner (15-20 minutes per soak) followed by scrubbing with a toothbrush, it removed the lacquer nicely and left the gold plating intact. Once the lacquer is gone you can go right to the MAAS/Brasso to strip the gold plate.

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 01-15-2013, 01:52 AM
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(01-14-2013, 10:04 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Biggrin Yeah, reading it now it may appear I was having fun with you. But my goal was to help. At the time I was at a loss. Normally I try to go the other way.

I'd google "verdigris look brass copper" "aged look brass copper". It may not actually help but it might lead to something that will.

I know Brian I really do appreciate the help I really do

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 01-15-2013, 07:40 PM
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Really good advise, i used Maas with good pressure and it was brassed in minutes.

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 01-15-2013, 09:39 PM
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  • CMur12
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I've heard that you never want to boil a gold razor to clean it because it will take off the lacquer, leaving the thin, soft layer of gold unprotected.

So, you might try boiling it first. Then see how easily the gold comes off using the methods already suggested.

- Murray

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