Most disturbingly cruddy MicroMatic.

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Bookworm, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    I don't have the photos of the razor after the basic cleaning; I'll post those later.

    Here's a Gem Micromatic that I picked up out of a lot of "non-Gillette" razors. (I'll post that lot separately)

    The photos mostly speak for themselves. The last photo is when I put it into an ultrasonic cleaner (basic 30 watt Chicago Electric from Harbor Freight) with a mix of SC-1000 and Dawn dish detergent - in water, of course. The picture doesn't show it true justice; the water is GREEN, and you can't see the bottom. Anyone who thinks that an ultrasonic cleaner isn't necessary - it is. It really is.

    Micromatic01.jpg Micromatic2.jpg Micromatic6.jpg Micromatic-clean.jpg
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  2. blashe

    blashe Well-Known Member

    oh wow....
  3. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Will be great to see it cleaned up. I usually just do a lot of scrubbing.
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  4. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    'A lot of scrubbing' wouldn't have touched this one. As it is, it took two or three days in the ultrasonic cleaner (it only runs for 3 minutes at a shot, so most of that was soaking) to get to the point where I could turn the handle completely. When I first put it in, I could only turn the handle about a quarter of a turn.
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  5. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I wasn't prepared for that. I want to see it clean again.
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  6. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    I want to see it shave again.
  7. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    It'll turn out just fine. ;)
  8. blashe

    blashe Well-Known Member

    cmon now, take it out of the Jacuzzi and take a picture of it
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  9. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Here are the cleaned pictures. I have NOT used any power tools, such as a Dremel, yet, nor have I used anything like kerosene or lacquer thinner, which may be required to actually finish cleaning it.

    I've cropped these down, so even though this thread is picture heavy, it shouldn't be too bad.

    So, what do you think? Ultrasonic cleaner, and lots of elbow grease, plus repeated soakings and applications of oil. It can now be fully opened and closed without 'helping'.

    MicroMatic-Clean02.jpg MicroMatic-Clean03.jpg MicroMatic-Clean05.jpg
  10. blashe

    blashe Well-Known Member

    that should be good enough and looks decent and usable. The one I'm shaving with it might not be as in shape as your but its for sure with worn out gold plating big time and shaves very smooth. The others that I keep for collection are tad bit in better shape

  11. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Beautiful work.
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  12. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    You did a helluva job!
    Great work.
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  13. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Fantastic work! Thanks for sharing the before and after photos.
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  14. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Heh.. I personally think it still looks like crap :) Kerosene is next. I want that black crap in all the grooves _gone_.

    I've also bought a couple of large scrub brushes to rob of their bristles. I think that we, the razor owners/cleaners, have been going the wrong direction by using nylon bristle brushes. Natural bristles, either hair or vegetable, splits into smaller and smaller fibers. Nylon does not do this, it simply gets fuzzy at the end, and bends. Considering the harping I've seen on 'breaking in' boar brushes, you'd think people would have caught on to this.

    So, the best kind of brush to get into all the small crevices, especially carrying a polishing or waxing compound, would be a natural bristle brush. Unfortunately, they don't _make_ them small enough. So, I'll be using a couple of tongue depressors glued together, boring a hole in the end, and inserting natural fibers into the hole until I have a double sided 'natural' toothbrush. Then I'll experiment with it, and post up an instructable.
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  15. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    I see you don't have a pushbutton.
  16. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    I know these are a bit overexposed. I'll have to retake the photos later, with better, natural lighting.

    The above MicroMatic is not included in this row of four. I've never shaved with them, and I doubt I ever will. They're from batches.
    Gem_01.jpg Gem-02.jpg
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  17. blashe

    blashe Well-Known Member

    never bought the push button because of the plastic counterparts in it
  18. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Really? The one I have (part of another lot) is in good shape, and the button works well. The white plastic handled flat head is interesting. There doesn't seem to have been any improvement from the G-Bar next to it.
  19. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    I find that the push button shaves as well as the G-Bar. It's a solidly built razor and while it has a plastic handle, the weight is pretty good.
  20. Shave Fu

    Shave Fu Shavette Sensei

    Thanks for the warning, but too late! I saw all of it! I won't open this thread again. Only positive thing, i learnt that such ultrasonic cleaners can clean razors. Other than that, i wouldn't even touch that. It reminds me a razor i saw on ebay and it looked like it was 500 years old for how bad it looked. I will stick with new razors. My eyes are sore.

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