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 Posted: Fri Jun 21st, 2019 09:27 pm
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Bill Laswell
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Greetings all,Some of you have already been a great help with my GE restoration.I have cleaned all the components and I'm ready t paint with the exception of the cage.  The cage has the GE emblem and it appears in great shape; it's dark and dirty but looks solid.  Question: what is the best way to clean and brighten a bit without jeopardizing the lettering?  I have search on the site but I have not found anything -- that surprises me but I'm probably not searching with the right key words.

Can some of you give me pointers on the best way to clean?  I have attached a pic.


Thanks!

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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 04:05 pm
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Robert Todd
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This is a process I have used in the past with some success.  First, I clean it with a degreasing hand cleaner like GoJo or Fast Orange (without pumice).  Rinse and dry.  Then, I follow that up with a shot of DW40 and rub with a clean cloth rag.  Once that is complete, I just wipe off any excess and let it dry for a couple of minutes and it's done.  This has worked for me in the past on badges (and motor tags) that are dirty, but in otherwise, good condition.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 8th, 2019 12:42 am
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I agree with Robert and you could also try some 0000 steel wool with the wd40. Just rub lightly

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 Posted: Thu Jul 11th, 2019 03:19 pm
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If you are lucky, most of the time with the cage badge you pictured the painted portion has been preserved under that black grime. This is a good thing. So the goal is to clean it without removing any of the paint. 1st I remove the badge carefully, and I mean carefully so you don’t break the tabs off. If the badge is dented or bent at all now is the time to take care of that. Do that work before you clean it so that 50 or so years of black grime will protect it while you manipulate it back into shape. At this point I use dawn dish soap, hot water, and a microfiber cloth. I have done several of the those GE badges this way. The grease cutting in dawn dish soap works well for removing the grime and using the microfiber cloth to scrub with saves the paint. I then finish it off with Mother’s Mag and Aluminum polish. Use the polish sparingly, as it will remove paint if you use to much. I can usually have one completed and looking great in less then 45 minutes. Good luck 

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