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Cleaning Porcelain Signs #336369
Mon Jun 25 2012 11:34 AM
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I wanted to remove some rust stains from a 42" porcelain Texaco sign I bought (posted in the Showcases/Stories section- BOTW). I have a bottle of Flitz Metal polish that I have had sitting around and checked online to see if it was safe for porcelain and it said it is. I have always used Barkeeper's friend with good success, but thought I would try a small area and see how it did. I was able to remove the rust bleeds from the damaged areas of the porcelain as well as some of the acid rain marks on the sign. Worked really well, but took a little longer, but it left a nice shine.

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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mac] #336370
Mon Jun 25 2012 11:43 AM
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I should have mentioned that I used a paper towel and the paste and then gave the sign a spritz of Windex to clean off any residue. The stuff runs around $5 for a small bottle, but given the fact I didn't have to wash or rinse the sign with water and it cleaned up with no issues, I was very happy with it.

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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mac] #336382
Mon Jun 25 2012 12:13 PM
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Do you have any before and after photos? You should post them to show the results>

Last edited by MMATTESON; Mon Jun 25 2012 12:14 PM.

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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mac] #336385
Mon Jun 25 2012 12:22 PM
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The sign didn't have that many issues to begin with and I hope it shows up in the photos, but there were a few rust bleeds that I was able to clean up without taking the sign down after hanging. I hope you can see the difference. It was easy to see in person, but I hope the photos show the difference.

Mac

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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mike M.] #336389
Mon Jun 25 2012 12:23 PM
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Which Flitz did you use? Looks like they make a few different metal polishes. Thanks


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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mac] #336391
Mon Jun 25 2012 12:26 PM
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In the first photo, there was a rust bleed on the left edge of the "S" in GASOLINE and a rust bleed in the "O" in MOTOR. There was also a small rust bleed in the sign just below the "OFF." in REG U.S. PAT. OFF.

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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mac] #336392
Mon Jun 25 2012 12:36 PM
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I used the Flitz Polish, 3.4 FL. OZ. Says it is safe for Metal, Plastic, and Fiberglass. Restores Paint Too. It also claims to be an ECO Safe "GREEN" Product.

It says it contains NO Ammonia or Abrasives. Acid-Free. Non-Toxic. Non-Flammable. Safely Cleans, Polishes, and Protects - Brass, Copper, Silverplate, Sterling, Chrome, Stainless Steel, Nickel, Bronze, Solid Gold, Aluminum, Pewter, Magnesium, Beryllium, Platinum, Acrylic, Formica, Cultured Marble, Corian, Glass. Safely Removes" Tarnish, Rust, Water Stains, Chalking, Lime Deposits, Heat Discoloration, Lead and Powder Residue, Oxidation, Fingerprints, Bugs, Tar, Tree Sap, Bird Droppings, Graffiti and Dyes.

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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mac] #336427
Mon Jun 25 2012 02:00 PM
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where can this product be purchased?

Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: likeitall] #336450
Mon Jun 25 2012 03:11 PM
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I bought this bottle at a local Tru-Value store, but here is a list of folks that sell it...

http://www.flitz.com/t-storefinder.aspx

Mac

Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Mac] #336460
Mon Jun 25 2012 03:38 PM
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Looks good Mac! Been awhile.nanu nanu!


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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: oldnfuelish] #337065
Wed Jun 27 2012 01:45 PM
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I know steel wool works, but does it harm the porc?


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Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Gas globe guy] #337118
Wed Jun 27 2012 05:25 PM
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I use steel wool when the rust is hard to get off and never have damaged the porcelain.

Re: Cleaning Porcelain Signs [Re: Tankar] #337359
Thu Jun 28 2012 05:38 PM
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agree...

you don't need to waste your money on cleaning products.

good ole steel wool or Scotch Brite pad
sometimes I use an Orange handcleaner with Pumice in it.

but you really don't need anything to remove rust stains....just a little scrubbing.


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