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#637581 - Wed Nov 18 2015 10:30 PM How to Clean Old Wax Off A Sign
agator Offline

Registered: Wed Nov 18 2015
Loc: KC, MO.
So in the late 70's before I could drive I bought a 6 foot long Goodyear sign from an auction. The sign was from a roadside museum and in great shape with bold graphics. I wanted to keep it looking good. At the time I was told to wax it with automotive type wax which I did and it looked really good.
The problem is now all these years later the white portion of the sign looks yellowish which I assume is from the wax I had put on it.
So, what is the best way to restore this sign to it's best possible condition without damaging the finish?

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#637582 - Wed Nov 18 2015 10:34 PM Re: How to Clean Old Wax Off A Sign [Re: agator]
advertologist Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Loc: So. Ca.
is the sign porcelain or tin?..

if porcelain lacquer thinner will strip the wax off.. ... cool

Edited by advertologist (Wed Nov 18 2015 10:37 PM)

#637593 - Thu Nov 19 2015 12:37 AM Re: How to Clean Old Wax Off A Sign [Re: agator]
Paul Bell Online   content
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Registered: Sun Jan 08 2012
Loc: Northern CA
Like mentioned, if it's porcelain, lacquer thinner, acetone, lots of stuff would work and not damage the porcelain.

If it's painted, more care needed. I would use "wax and grease remover" from an auto body or auto paint store. It rarely affects paint itself but I'd try a spot first on the side to make sure.

#637601 - Thu Nov 19 2015 06:12 AM Re: How to Clean Old Wax Off A Sign [Re: agator]
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Registered: Tue Aug 15 2006
Loc: smyrna, de USA
I like using razor blades to do the heavy lifting and bring in the thinner and bar keepers for the final touches
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#637641 - Thu Nov 19 2015 11:37 AM Re: How to Clean Old Wax Off A Sign [Re: agator]
BryceG Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 28 2013
Loc: Peoria, IL
wax? how about a heat gun?
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