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    Hi all,

    I've purchased several vintage DEs. Some are clearly nickeled but have lost their lustre: do you know what's the best way to clean them ?
    On my straights I use Maas, but I'm not certain this is not too agressive on nickeled steel (don't want to lose the plating).

    Maybe this is more a 'workshop' item but 99.99% of the stuff over there is about straights, so i decided to put it in here.

    Thanks !!
    Wim

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    Spray them down with scrubbing bubbles and let sit for a half hour or so. Rinse in hot water and repeat if needed. Using and old toothbrush to get out some of the stubborn stuff works well also.

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    Thanks!

    I actually had to look that up because I didn't know 'scrubbing bubbles' is actually a product !? I'll try to find an equivalent product over in Europe ...

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    I'd try any liquid dish soap and a toothbrush and it might work just as well.
    No matter how many men you kill you can't kill your successor-Emperor Nero

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    ... basically nothing abrasive then.
    Okay, can do.

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    decraew,

    The CIF bathroom/shower cleaners are very similar to Scrubbing Bubbles.

    I have used the CIF cleaners on my safety razors with excellent results

    Have fun !

    Best regards

    Russ

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    Toothbrush (old head on electric toothbrush with care).
    Soaking in non aggressive detergents.
    A little boil if they are not too precious.
    And best of all, an ultrasonic cleaner.

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    Yes, an ultra-sonic is great as long as you're not dealing with plating that is loose or coming off which can be an issue with vintage sometimes.
    No matter how many men you kill you can't kill your successor-Emperor Nero

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    Ladies and gentlemen:

    Last year I bought several old Gillettes — Red Tips and Slims — at a flea market. The razors looked as if they had been dug up from a swamp.

    I bathed them, for about a minute or so, in boiling water with a touch of vinegar. That removed much of the gunk. Then I gave them a nice bath in hot water and dish soap — and scrubbed them with an old toothbrush.

    A gentle rubbing of Maas metal polish and my swamp DEs were ready for a beauty contest.

    I sold them all, except for a Red Tip, which I gave as a gift to my guitar teacher and friend.

    Regards,
    Obie

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