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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2019 11:32 pm
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Keith Pincock
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I just picked up an Emerson Jr with bronze blades that have spots on them. I want to clean the blades up but I don’t want to ruin the finish.  Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks
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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2019 11:36 pm
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Todd Adornato
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That’s an Emerson Junior? I would have guessed a 6250 Jubilee version?

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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2019 11:43 pm
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I am a nub!  Educate me, Please.  :hammer:

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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 12:40 am
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Is there a motor tag on the top rear of the motor housing? It would have some information on it, including the model number.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 01:19 am
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It’s a Jubilee. The blades have a bronze tint that often is difficult to save and very easy to polish through. If you over clean them, they wind up a brighter, more brass like color.  Not bad looking, but also not original to the purists.  

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The blades on the Golden Jubilee are bronze all the way through, not brass.

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They may be bronze but there is a coating (tinted glaze)  on them to make them appear darker. If they are overpolished it will go away. Rendering a much yellower look.  

I believe some are tinted aluminum also if I recall. All mine are the bronze type.  


I guess I never answered his question. How to polish. .  I’d start with a cleaner wax and see if it has any effect.  It never hurts to scrub it with dawn soap or mineral spirits to see what you have to work with.  


I fear those spots go clear through to the base metal.  If so, the coating I speak of will not be able to be saved.  In that case a buffer to cut through to the base bronze is best.  


Normally we suggest using acid toilet bowl cleaner to clean brass but I’m not sure how it’ll react to bronze. 

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Lane Shirey wrote: They may be bronze but there is a coating (tinted glaze)  on them to make them appear darker. If they are overpolished it will go away. Rendering a much yellower look.  

I believe some are tinted aluminum also if I recall. All mine are the bronze type.  
Some of the Golden Jubilees do have aluminum blades with a tough bronzy finish applied.   I have had two of them, both 6250 K2 Types.  The aluminum blades are less springy and about twice the thickness of the bronze ones.  There were also steel Jubilee blades.  One that Geoff had was too rusty to tell what the finish looked like when new.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 04:17 pm
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I did know it was a model 6250 and that it is called a Golden Jubilee and had bronze blades.  I just thought it was considered like a special edition of the jr line.  I have a jr also and the Jubilee is very similar.

Thanks for the info Lane.  I also think that the spots are something that damaged the finish.  I would have to strip all the finish off and polish.  I think for now I will leave it as it is.  I like the color and it looks good at a distance!

Last edited on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 04:20 pm by Keith Pincock

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I know, I know, everyone's jaws are going to hit their keyboards when I say this, especially coming from a Frank. I wouldn't touch it. It looks great, and as long as it runs, I'd leave it.

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Ed Frank wrote: I know, I know, everyone's jaws are going to hit their keyboards when I say this, especially coming from a Frank. I wouldn't touch it. It looks great, and as long as it runs, I'd leave it.

What does a Frank know about an Emerson? That is an interesting question! :wondering: :wondering:

geo...:bow:bigfan

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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 10:19 pm
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George Durbin wrote: Ed Frank wrote: I know, I know, everyone's jaws are going to hit their keyboards when I say this, especially coming from a Frank. I wouldn't touch it. It looks great, and as long as it runs, I'd leave it.

What does a Frank know about an Emerson? That is an interesting question! :wondering: :wondering:

geo...:bow:bigfan

I know they make great wheel chocks when you're changing a flat.

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