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I *know* this has been discussed here ad nauseum, but for the life of me I can't find it. I'm now starting on the Singer "Sphinx" 127 from 1918. Fired it up tonite, motor struggles, machine makes strange noises, wiring's shot - the usual. Nothing I haven't dealt with before.

However, I need to know how best to CLEAN this thing so that I don't damage or silver the decals. I seem to recall something about using SM oil, and not using ammonia. This one is pretty much at the "bottom" of my date range, so I don't have any experience...

A clue, or a pointer to the appropriate thread would be appreciated.

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Right about, just SMO and cotton balls.  I have heard/read that even just water will silver decals.  

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No alcohol (because of the shellac), no water (because of the decals).  Which eliminates a lot of cleaners that folks might tend to reach for.  Some people like GoJo creme hand cleaner, but I find it too messy.  Steve recommended Orange Glo furniture cleaner (oil and citrus), which I've been using lately.  Not sure it does a better job than plain oil, but it does make the cellar smell nice.  ;-)  Other petroleum products like kerosene and mineral spirits would probably be safe as well, but I've never tried them -- I'd want more ventilation, for sure.

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A gentle touch, no scrubbing!
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A gentle touch, no scrubbing!

So, my wire wheel and angle grinder are out? [biggrin]

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No alcohol (because of the shellac), no water (because of the decals).  Which eliminates a lot of cleaners that folks might tend to reach for.  Some people like GoJo creme hand cleaner, but I find it too messy.  Steve recommended Orange Glo furniture cleaner (oil and citrus), which I've been using lately.  Not sure it does a better job than plain oil, but it does make the cellar smell nice.  ;-)  Other petroleum products like kerosene and mineral spirits would probably be safe as well, but I've never tried them -- I'd want more ventilation, for sure.

paul

I'll give the Orange Glo a try. I guess I could siphon some diesel out of the car, but the orange would smell better!

Oh, and here's a quick video I made of this machine yesterday. It needs help!


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Something about every sphinx I've come across - they seem to have the thinnest shellac of any Singer I've every had on my bench.
So proceed with extreme caution with anything other than SMO.

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Hi I never have worked on anything where I though the shellac was so thin where I was supper worried about cleaning. But sometimes it's thin enough that I worry about the decals wearing off in the future. Sometimes I french polish the sewing bed including the decals. It's nerve racking because the shellac has to be mixed with alcohol. Clear sewing machine oil is used to keep the keep the cloth from sticking. It goes on in layers. Once enough shellac has built up, extremely fine lapping paper with water removes any unevenness. Novus Fine Scratch Remover gets it shiny. I would be afraid though to try this on some really old especially if the decals look okay.

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Rob,

Could you so kindly elaborate on your French polishing method?  I have read about the basic technique but there seems to be lots of individual variations.  What has worked best for you?
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