What Not to Do When Cleaning Up a New Find
I have two "Y" vintage 40's Super Speeds but I've been on the look out for a 4th Quarter version. (Birth year and quarter razor.)
I successfully got one off ebay for under $6 and it came in on Tuesday. I put off cleaning it up until the weekend as it was really grungy.
So, I started with boiling water Friday night when I got home from work. Yesterday I let in soak in dish soap and hot water and scrubbed it down with a tooth brush off-and-on through the day and it ended up looking much better.
The knurling has some discolored spots on it but they started coming clean with the scrubbing. I hit it a couple times with Scrubbing Bubbles and the toothbrush and except for one tiny spot I had all the knurling looking good.
I had some silver polish I tried polishing the doors with as had/have a nice matte finish now, (I assume from use) without much success. Maybe a little less dull, but still no brassing so I wasn't going to worry about it at this time. I figured I'd pick up some Maas later and try polishing them up then.
Then I did it.
The wife was harping about sterilizing it so like an idiot I actually listened to her (my mistake) and let it soak in bleach for about an hour.
When I got back to it the bleach was filled with black floatees and looked really murky. The nickel (chrome?) finish had started breaking down and I now have big brass spots showing through. The two side pieces above the end caps are now yellow-ish orange colored with an emphasis on the 'orange'.
Well, it was going to be a user anyway, so I rinsed it down really well, hit it with Scrubbing Bubbles and the toothbrush one more time, rinsed it really well again, loaded up a fresh Feather and took it for it's maiden shave.
I'm a little bummed I ruined the finish on it, but it shaved just as well as the other two.
Ah well, live and learn. Now I'm on the hunt for another Y4. No bleach next time, I'll pick up the Barbicide.
Merkur 34c & 37c, Gillette LC & SC NEWS, 40s SSs, and others. Mike - BOTOC