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Cleaning your machine


Folk who buy my machines often write to ask how I get them so clean and shiny – they want to keep them that way

I can only tell you my procedure –– it takes a time but the results are worthwhile.

But first a word of warning. The Featherweight was finished by black japanning –a process which baked the black paint onto the chassis. The decals were applied and then a transparent protective coat applied.

The results were first class but, although the black paint was really tough, that protective coat was not as durable and is prone to attack from detergents and many modern chemical-based cleaners.

I try to test every new possible cleaning product on machines which are destined to be dismantled for spares.

I have the great advantage of being able to select the machines I work on and therefore never face the job of having to try to bring an ill-treated machine back from the dead.

Currently I am using a product called TuffStuff. It's made by STP and was intended to be a car upholstery cleaner. This sprays on and foams up. The moment the foam subsides I wipe it away with a tissue. Any really heavy dirt deposits may need a second application or a little help from a soft brush to work in the cleaner.

TuffStuff also removes any residue polish on the machine and it can look a little dull after cleaning. I bring back the shine using a good-quality clear wax boot polish from the western store. This not only brings back the shine but provides added protection for the paintwork as well.

A good waxing like this will protect the machine for months with just a light dusting needed.