Restoring a 1971 Gillette Super 109

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Hawaiian Punch, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. Hawaiian Punch

    Hawaiian Punch New Member

    Hello, I recently purchased an amazing Gillette Super 109 and I would like some advice on polishing scratches out of the metal. I know it is made out of nickel plated brass and I'm not too sure about what I can use to give it a nice shine. Thank you for any help.
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  2. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    First, welcome to the Den.
    Any metal polish such as Flitz should do the trick, provided the scratches aren't too deep
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  3. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    High their, @Hawaiian Punch , glad you dropped in to join us. Looking forward to seeing that 109. Like Steve said, Fitz polish is a good start.
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  4. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Welcome @Hawaiian Punch glad you decided to join us at TSD. First I would like to suggest stopping in to the welcome center to introduce yourself and to find the drawings and information new members could always use.

    The Gillette 109 or Black Beauty is a fine razor and I'm sure you'll get some excellent shaves from it. My suggestion to start is to take hot tap water (not boiling) and some Dawn dish soap and soak your razor in it. This will release a lot of the soap scum; you can repeat this several times and use an old tooth brush to remove and make your restore easier. The polish you use (if you so desire) should be very mild so as not to damage the finish on your razor.

    I hope this helps and remember post pics; we really like pics. :D
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  5. Hawaiian Punch

    Hawaiian Punch New Member

    Thanks for the hospitality! What would you recommend applying it with? Fine steel wool?
  6. Hawaiian Punch

    Hawaiian Punch New Member

    I'll definitely post pictures once I'm done! It looks very classy with the original case.
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  7. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    I would just use a terry cloth (no steel wool :eek:)
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  8. Hawaiian Punch

    Hawaiian Punch New Member

    Thank you very much, there will definitely be pictures!
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  9. Hawaiian Punch

    Hawaiian Punch New Member

    Thank you for the advice, I wasn't sure if steel wool would be too much for the plating. While it's on my mind, do you know of any sort of plastic polish for the smaller scratches on the clear case cover?
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  10. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Good advice here about no steel wool and using Flitz. By the way, Flitz can also be used on plastic. If it needs a stronger one, while working in a glass shop, we used Novus Plastic polish. It comes in different grades or grits. It's the best stuff for plastic.
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  11. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Turtle Wax sells rubbing compound (sold at Walmart cheap) in 2 level of aggression. I also use it on restoring brush handles.
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  12. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    This too.........
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  13. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

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  14. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    Be careful with the handle of that BB. You can't clean it much it the paint starts to come off. You can use Testors black modeling paint to touch up the black.

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  15. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

  16. DRIVER_B

    DRIVER_B Member

    Pictures please

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  17. Mark Tyers

    Mark Tyers Member

    Silly question (I need to repair my 109 handle as well, would this be gloss or flat black?

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  18. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    I’m sorry no one got back to you sooner, but I would say testors gloss black is the easiest and probably one of the best choices.

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  19. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Testor's is a very durable paint. As I think the aluminum handle can take it, a mild baking in a toaster oven would help it adhere better and take a bit more punishment.
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  20. brit

    brit in a box

    yes sir, or a heat gun used carefully. testors enamels bake up nicely ..
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