Cleaning a Gillette Fat Boy

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Robert Otten said:
Back In high school 1966 I used #4 ( I know - I carbon dated myself). When I got back into wet shaving last January, I started with the 4 setting and it wasn't what I was after. My routine now is 7,5 and finish with 3. So, my recommendation would be starting out with a 4 setting.

This is a wonderful present your Father handed to you. I'd go for the replating as well. Hope you enjoy tonight's shave --- oh look at the time, you've done shaved and went to bed.

Regards, Robert
I haven't used it yet but I'm sorely tempted. Sunbury has very kindly offered to restore it and bring it back as good as new. Replating is an option but since it was my grandfathers i think i'd like to keep it original.

Thanks for all your advice on how best to use it.
 
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Canuck said:
Max (Frenchblade) knows a lot about restoring old razors like this, I'm sure he'll be along soon.
If you want I'll do the whole works on it, no charge. (just pay postage back), you'll get it back as shiny & clean as possible.
Anyone else have a razor they want overhauled, first 5 PMs, I'll do it on the same conditions as above.

Cheers,

Max
 
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This big old fatboy cleaned up well, looks nice and sparkly and numbers painted back in, it's adjuster is solid and clicks well
in every position and butterfly doors are nice and smoth, i would not get it replated as it's an original Razor and it's his Grandfathers....
just enjoy it as it is, it's got some family history and it will be a very nice Razor. ;)













 
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sunburyboy93 said:
This big old fatboy cleaned up well, looks nice and sparkly and numbers painted back in, it's adjuster is solid and clicks well
in every position and butterfly doors are nice and smoth, i would not get it replated as it's an original Razor and it's his Grandfathers....
just enjoy it as it is, it's got some family history and it will be a very nice Razor. ;)













Proper job Steve. Just what do you do/use to get them looking this good? I have an ultrasonsonic cleaner and mine come up quite tiidily but nowhere as nicely as yours do.

What's the secret?
 
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I use an Ultrasonic, leccy toothbrush, Fairy liquid, plentle of gentle scrubbing, light polish with Silvo, sometimes Autosol (depends on what i'm polishing as with Autosol, its abbraisive so you MUST be very careful).... etc etc

trick is, don't overdo it, as it is easy to wreck a nice vintage Razor by polishing too much or using the wrong cleaning materials.

Max and myself generally do the same cleaning routines on Razors.........

brings them up a treat

:D
 
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KRF1963 said:
Proper job Steve. Just what do you do/use to get them looking this good? I have an ultrasonsonic cleaner and mine come up quite tiidily but nowhere as nicely as yours do.
What's the secret?
sunburyboy93 said:
Max and myself generally do the same cleaning routines on Razors.........
brings them up a treat
:D
Yes, we compared notes, we both have very similar techniques. I do find my new USC is a lot better than the cheap one I had.
But whatever you do, there is quite a bit of "manual" work involved. I've even used toothpicks for cleaning knurling on handles and TTO knobs.
And, yes, overdoing it is something you have to be careful with.

And TIME, lots of TIME! :p It's not just a question of popping it in the USC and presto!

Good job Steve on the Fatboy, sure it will be appreciated, and I agree on the replating, should be avoided, especially on something with sentimental value.

Max
 
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My first razor was the DE89L and a lovely one at that. I found an F2 Fatboy on eBay for a super low buy-it-now price and took a chance. The auction had 1 cruddy picture which is probably why no one snagged it quickly. After I cleaned it up I tested it out and found that I need at least a setting of 4 to get a good shave and more like a 5 to match the EJ.

Mine had the screw off end cap so I was able to easily do a disassembly, soak it all in dish soap and then began scrubbing. I used some metal polish and a tooth brush followed by a rinse and more soap. I then used some high quality auto polish followed by my Wife's jewelry cleaner. I am happy with the results!

Here is the cruddy auction pic..



and after the cleanup..





 
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A good thing to do with the vintage adjustables is to give them a good long soak in hot tap water with some washing up liquid added. Allow the water to cool and leave it soaking overnight. Maybe repeat this a few times. You'll be surprised at the amount of crap that will have found its way into the inner workings of these over the years and this is a good way of loosening it up without damaging the razor finish or removing the paint from the numbers.

You could consider having it replated so it looks like new, Dave at safetyrazors.co.uk charged £15 to replate my Fatboy.
Can you let me know how to contact Dave, I have a fat boy in need of a re-plate and don’t fancy sending it off to the US.
 
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