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 Post subject: Help Cleaning 1956 V-M Tri-O-Matic
PostPosted: Feb Thu 28, 2019 8:34 pm 
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Hello all,
I've acquired this nice V-M player
to restore.
I have cleaned about 20% of whatever this brown gunk is
on the contact vinyl covering.

Usually, I start with soap/water, then de-greaser, and
that's all I need. This stuff is more resistant.
Obviously not water soluble and not ether alcohol soluble
as the de-greaser is. Even tried ammonia, no go.

I'm open to any good/safe suggestions ya'll have.
Thanks,
Hotwax


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 Post subject: Re: Help Cleaning 1956 V-M Tri-O-Matic
PostPosted: Mar Fri 01, 2019 2:53 am 
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Try Westley's Bleche-White whitewall cleaner. I've yet to find something that stuff won't clean. Dont spray it directly though, or you'll get spotting.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Cleaning 1956 V-M Tri-O-Matic
PostPosted: Mar Fri 01, 2019 3:08 am 
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Naphtha (or Mineral Spirits, which is chemically similar). Most furniture restorers use it for cleaning as it removes oils and waxes, but won't hurt most finishes.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Cleaning 1956 V-M Tri-O-Matic
PostPosted: Mar Fri 01, 2019 5:15 am 
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I've had good results with Westley's Bleche-White as well. Give it a few minutes to work.

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 Post subject: Re: Help Cleaning 1956 V-M Tri-O-Matic
PostPosted: Mar Sat 02, 2019 9:34 pm 
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I tried the white-wall cleaner, and it had zero effect.

I'm going back to the soft toothbrush and dollar store
de-greaser.
Not the first time I've spent repeat sessions working at
cleaning this stuff off on 1950's record player cabinets.

Thanks for the input,
Hotwax


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 Post subject: Re: Help Cleaning 1956 V-M Tri-O-Matic
PostPosted: Mar Mon 04, 2019 2:34 am 
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Well, that's a first! Must be a stain (paint, rust, etc) rather dirt/grime/grease/nicotine, all of which dissolves instantly with Westley's.

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I tried the white-wall cleaner, and it had zero effect.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Cleaning 1956 V-M Tri-O-Matic
PostPosted: Mar Mon 04, 2019 3:23 am 
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Whatever you use, you might try using 0000 steel wool in gentle circular motions. It might be more effective than the toothbrush. Test it on a small part of the bottom to make sure it does leave unwanted marks. Don’t scrub, just gently rub.

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