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Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? #693544
Thu Aug 31 2017 01:29 PM
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Hello,
My name is Jay. I am new to this forum. I just bought my first porcelain sign because I wanted one for a long time and the price was right. I collect other things and know the rules of restoration on them. I don't know about signs. Should they be cleaned as close to original condition as possible or left as found? I wiped it down with soap and water but there is a lot of tough stuff that stayed on.

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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693547
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As long as you don't damage sign absolutely clean it. And being porcelain you can't hurt it.

Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693548
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Welcome to Oldgas. Most like to clean a sign as well as possible without compromising it's integrity as far as paint or finish goes. Since porcelain is essentially glass it is pretty impervious to cleaners and the finish won't come off by simply washing it. A lot of old signs will have paint overspray or other things built up on them that won't just wash off with soap and water so you will have to use something that will remove those things like thinners or rubbing compound. Mild abrasive cleaners like Barkeepers Friend work pretty well to removed rust stains and heavier contaminants and even fine grade steel wool will work to remove old paint overspray. If it has been painted over or is covered with a lot of paint you can use paint remover without harming the porcelain....GB

Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693549
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Cleaning porcelain signs

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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693552
Thu Aug 31 2017 05:55 PM
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Welcome to Oldgas. Best of luck with your sign!


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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Oldgas] #693553
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I usually clean our signs-especially porcelain. I just want to say though, some signs that are a bit off condition look better (to me )When they have the original "look". When they are displayed together they have an old time feel. Sometimes they just dont look right all cleaned up with a bunch of clean chips and scratches.

Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693568
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Thank you everybody! Once I figure this site out I will post some photos so you can see the condition.

Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693609
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Another question about my Skelly sign. This sign measures 5x5 diagonal and has its original frame. It has two eyes welded to the frame, so I am guessing it was a hanging sign not one mounted solid to the top of a post. My question is does the frame add value. Most of these signs I see do not have a frame. I don't know if this is because people think they display better that way, of it they simply do not have a frame.
Thanks again,
Jay

Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693640
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original frame adds value. 200.00


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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693666
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Thanks Lloyd.

Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693784
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I finally got some pictures uploaded of my Skelly sign. does it look like a good quality sign? Does anyone have an opinion as to weather or not I should leave it looking like this or clean it up? The dirtiest parts in the corners and at the edges actually have a shine or gloss to them which makes me wonder if there might be a clear finish over them. if this is the case I may to need to use some kind of a harsh stripper.
thanks,
Jay

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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693787
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These four pictures show the only damage to the signs porcelain between both sides. is there likely to be damage hidden beneath the frame? I am afraid to try to take it out of the frame.

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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693789
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That sign is definitely of "clean it!" quality.....so yes, clean 'er up!
Darin


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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693790
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I got it hung up yesterday. this is how it displays on its best side.

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Re: Should I clean the Skelly sign I just bought? [Re: Tewsdalefarms] #693791
Mon Sep 04 2017 01:03 PM
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Would look nicer to me if you cleaned it up. But if you like the patina, that's all that matters. Seriously doubt that it has ever been cleared.


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