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Cleaning the Serial Number plate question

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TJG010

06-12-2018 20:42:01




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This should be an easy question for someone. I just took possession of an 1936 Case RC that my Grandfather bought new. My Uncle (now 88) restored it some years ago but the manufacturers name plate needs restored. Currently hard to read.

I plan to donate to local county Museum, but would like to clean this up first. I've read about 50 pages of forum and haven't found anything on the topic. Scotchbrite??

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jeffcat

06-13-2018 16:58:25




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 Re: Cleaning the Serial Number plate question in reply to TJG010, 06-12-2018 20:42:01  
Most serial plates I have ever messed with are aluminum. That BLACK on there is a photographic process. Any abrasion takes it off pretty quickly. The mildest would be a small dab of tooth paste and a little water and some gentle use of you finger tip. Very gentle!



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1948CaseVAI

06-13-2018 06:37:00




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 Re: Cleaning the Serial Number plate question in reply to TJG010, 06-12-2018 20:42:01  
Keith Rucker's YouTube channel for VintageMachinery.org has a couple of videos about how he does it for pro restoration of old machinery.



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athol carr

06-13-2018 00:10:49




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 Re: Cleaning the Serial Number plate question in reply to TJG010, 06-12-2018 20:42:01  
For my IHC serial plates, first cleaned very carefully not to remove any more paint than what had already disappeared, very carefully cleaned up metal parts. Then with permanent black felt pen touched up black paint, several coats. Then when cured covered all with clear paint. many years later still look like new.



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Stephen Newell

06-12-2018 21:05:39




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 Re: Cleaning the Serial Number plate question in reply to TJG010, 06-12-2018 20:42:01  
Depends on what you want it to look like. You could buff it with 0000 steel wool and it should look like brushed metal. You could also rub it with rubbing compound and it could polish up like chrome.



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Janicholson

06-12-2018 20:45:40




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 Re: Cleaning the Serial Number plate question in reply to TJG010, 06-12-2018 20:42:01  
If there is no paint at all on it, and the info is stamped in well, scotch bright is fine. Otherwise, gentle cleaning with dish soap might be all that can be done without taking it further into oblivion. Jim



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