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    Cool sanitizing a flare tip

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Size:  45.4 KBI am looking to sanitize my Gillette flaretip razor in a way as such I don't lose the red tip....can you guys please give me some input as far as the best and safest way to do this....I appreciate everyones time and hospitality....
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    And also my fatboy and my slim without harming them.....my wife said I should just boil them.....not sure if that will tarnish them or strip the paint on the flare tip....
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    I've always used Scrubbibg Bubbles and an old toothbrush on DEs and str8 razors with no ill effects. Finish up with metal polish (Mothers Mag & Aluminum, Brasso or something similar) to give them a nice shine.
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    +1 for Scrubbing Bubbles & a toothbrush. You can soak them in hot (not boiling) water with some Dawn dish detergent first the first time. Then I use Flitz polish and a microfiber cloth.

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    Scrubbing bubbles works really well and an old toothbrush will help. I usually preceed that with a short boil and have not had any ill effects, but the hot water will probably accomplish the same thing and works wonders on getting out the gunk that is up in the handle. It will also help to get the old soap and such out of the adjuster. Remember to only turn the adjustment ring on your adjustable (looks like a fat boy and a slim adjustable) with the doors slightly open and it should click freely. You can damage it if you don't relieve the tension by opening the doors.

    DO NOT use brasso, it will take off all of the nickel plating faster than you can stop. Maas or Mother's polish is very good and what I prefer.

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    Barbicide my friend, Barbicide, disinfects for all types of nasties, dissolves old hair and other gunk, and also has a rust inhibitor. Mix using the proper dilution, soak for 10 minutes, and you're good to go.

    Barbicide is good, it is your friend:

    "Barbicide is a United States Environmental Protection Agency-approved hospital disinfectant. It is a germicide, pseudomonacide, fungicide, and viricide. In addition, it kills the HIV-1 virus (AIDS virus), Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C."

    Your razors will thank-you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillN View Post
    Scrubbing bubbles works really well and an old toothbrush will help. I usually preceed that with a short boil and have not had any ill effects, but the hot water will probably accomplish the same thing and works wonders on getting out the gunk that is up in the handle. It will also help to get the old soap and such out of the adjuster. Remember to only turn the adjustment ring on your adjustable (looks like a fat boy and a slim adjustable) with the doors slightly open and it should click freely. You can damage it if you don't relieve the tension by opening the doors.

    DO NOT use brasso, it will take off all of the nickel plating faster than you can stop. Maas or Mother's polish is very good and what I prefer.

    Will N.
    +1 - do not use Brasso, did that once and almost permanently damaged the finish on one of my str8's, but that another thread, from another time '-)
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    I was thinking about barbicide, however in barber school I was taught that barbicide is for plastic and rubber and over time barbicide will cause metal to rust which kind of went against everything ive always thought about barbicide....the product they taught us to use was a product called "let's touch" and we used that on our shears razors (although as a barber we use shavettes) etc...just wasn't sure if lets touch can be used on vintage razors....im thinking im going to go with scrubbing bubbles and a toothbrush and maybe a little mother's afterwards.....
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    thanks to everyone...the concensus says I should use scrubbing bubbles and a toothbrush. Phrank mentioned barbicide and I told him I thought about barbicide, but in barber school they taught us that barbicide is only for plastic and rubber and that barbicide actually causes rust over time (ive never seen that) but I take their word for it....the product we used on metals (shears, razors etc...) is a product called "let's touch" and it always worked for me i'm just not sure if you can use it on vintage razors so im going with the concensus....thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean121718 View Post
    I was thinking about barbicide, however in barber school I was taught that barbicide is for plastic and rubber and over time barbicide will cause metal to rust which kind of went against everything ive always thought about barbicide....the product they taught us to use was a product called "let's touch" and we used that on our shears razors (although as a barber we use shavettes) etc...just wasn't sure if lets touch can be used on vintage razors....im thinking im going to go with scrubbing bubbles and a toothbrush and maybe a little mother's afterwards.....
    I use it on mine, mind you, I don't submerge the scales, and I've never had a problem.

    My barber, and every barber shop I've ever seen, have a nice barbicide jar with the blue liquid, sanitizing shears, blades and combs. See them all the time in salon's as well...and as I mentioned, barbicide contains with an anti-rust inhibitor. In many states, barbicide, or some similar agent, is law.

    I've used Scrubbing bubbles on a str8 as well, and it took off the finish on the blade, right before I further ruined it with the Brasso....
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