cleaning old sewing machine finish

foxwoodAugust 1, 2009

I am cleaning an old Franklin sewing machine and there is a film on the paint. I assume it is a buildup from oils from fingers and maybe machine oil. I have tried windex and car polish to remove it. I does come off as a brown color but I expect there is a better solvent one of you can recommend.

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lindac

Try mineral spirits....AKA paint thinner.
Is it painted or a natural finish? If it's paint you might be removing some of the paint along with the grime.
Mineral spirits is a lot more gentle on existing finish than Windex.
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 1, 2009 at 6:51PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

"Fantastic" cleanser is great for grime. Be very gentle, if it is one of those with a decorative filligree'd paint job.
a coat of car wax will be just the thing to protect it once it's clean.
Casey

    Bookmark   August 1, 2009 at 8:39PM
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lindac

"Fantastic" will strip a lacquer finish.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2009 at 9:18PM
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jemdandy

The finish may be varnish and this can soften and become tacky in damp, warm weather. The other possibility is the 'dirt' may be condensed kitchen grease. Cabinetry and furniture in the vicinity of kitchens in old houses often became coated with grease from cooking activity.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2009 at 1:46PM
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dudleyman101_yahoo_com

Vinegar works great on cleaning old finishes

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 2:20PM
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