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 Post subject: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:39 pm 
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Guys, I have an 88z that has the gold tone hardware. Was wondering how to polish this up. I use ammonia on my Victor gold but wasnt sure with this one as it looks like its a different product they used for the gold tone. Any help would be great! Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:40 pm 
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OR...is this the way the gold coloring is supposed to look?
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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:47 pm 
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That gold finish doesn't look like Victor gold wash to me... I think it might be better left alone.
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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:50 pm 
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Curt A wrote:
That gold finish doesn't look like Victor gold wash to me... I think it might be better left alone.

Yeah was thinking the same but figured I would throw it out there! Thanks Curt!!
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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
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I'm afraid that ammonia might dissolve that finish... :roll:
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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
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I wouldn't use anything other than mild soapy water to wipe it over followed by plain water to remove any soap residue.
The hardware is a metallic painted finish afaik so attempting to polish it like you would on other machines will probably do more harm than good.
I'm not sure what process was used to achieve this finish, but a couple areas on my 88 have worn through revealing the base metal and I've made no attempt to try and rectify it for fear of making it worse.


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:08 pm 
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gramophoneshane wrote:
I wouldn't use anything other than mild soapy water to wipe it over followed by plain water to remove any soap residue.
The hardware is a metallic painted finish afaik so attempting to polish it like you would on other machines will probably do more harm than good.
I'm not sure what process was used to achieve this finish, but a couple areas on my 88 have worn through revealing the base metal and I've made no attempt to try and rectify it for fear of making it worse.

Sounds good! Thanks for the info!
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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
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I actually used Scott's Liquid Gold which I use on my Victor III horn and comes out great. This came out pretty nice! No damage or harm done! Shined it up a bit. Also cleaned up the leatherette casing! Not bad!


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
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I'd never heard of Scott's liquid gold before so googled it to see what it was.
It's apparently an oil used on wood, so did you use it on the motor board only, or is that what you used on the painted running gear and the Rexine outer covering as well?


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Tone Polishing on an HMV 88z
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gramophoneshane wrote:
I'd never heard of Scott's liquid gold before so googled it to see what it was.
It's apparently an oil used on wood, so did you use it on the motor board only, or is that what you used on the painted running gear and the Rexine outer covering as well?

Its safe to use on metal and wood. I did not use it on the Rexine. I use European Leather cleaner on the case.
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