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    Quote Originally Posted by jmabuse View Post
    There are some internal plastic parts, so be careful not to use anything that will attack plastic.
    You know what? I was completely wrong! The original Fatboy did not have plastic parts. What I thought was a plastic collar on mine is the end of a blued metal collet. What I thought was a red plastic index pin is a red-colored metal spring.

    Later Gillette Adjustables had a bunch of plastic (baseplate, handle) but not the old Fatboy. Sorry I got it wrong!
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    Scrubbing Bubbles in the aerosol can works really well in cleaning up a crusty DE razor. Make sure you get the kind without bleach. Get the razor wet, foam it up, and let it sit for 5 minutes or so. Take a toothbrush and scrub it up. Rinse it really well and let it dry. After that, you can use some polish like Maas to shine it up. It's always worked for me. A plus is that it also sanitizes really well.

    Oops. I just saw that you are in the UK. I don't know if Scrubbing Bubbles is available there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
    I normally use a citrus cleaner (as above) (cheap)
    Then i use a white or cider vinegar soak to loosen the crud.
    Then while wet from the soak, I run the razor through all its mechanical paces. That way, I am better assured that the crud is gone and will not be holding stuff I do not want near my face.
    Then rinse well under running warm water while running the razor through its paces a few times to get the acidic vinegar out.
    An ultrasonic cleaner works well, but costs a lot and you just speed up the processes above.
    Just my experiences...
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    Others will have some other 'solutions' also.
    Are you referring to an ultrasonic cleaner used for cleaning pistols? I was wondering about this since I recently (yesterday) purchased another Gillette Slim. I have not received it yet but as always, I’m concerned about cleaning/sterilization before use.
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    US cleaners are such as used with water and some detergents etc. to remove gunk from many different items. Even the little ones 500ml for contact lenses can work for a razor head. A 1 litre capacity is usually sufficient for safety razors.
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    I have two cleaners similar to these, both small 600ml and 3L. In the UK:
    ultrasonic-cleaner
    In the US, Harbor Freight and Amazon and others sell the cleaners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
    US cleaners are such as used with water and some detergents etc. to remove gunk from many different items. Even the little ones 500ml for contact lenses can work for a razor head. A 1 litre capacity is usually sufficient for safety razors.
    JMO
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    I have two cleaners similar to these, both small 600ml and 3L:
    ultrasonic-cleaner
    Thanks, I never thought to use one. I have access to the commercial US used for pistols but will acquire one for the house since it seems they can clean a multitude of items.
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    Similarly to advises given above, I start with mild dish soap then I use vinegar. On the old razors which I inherited, I let them soak in vinegar/water solution for a bit.
    Used a toothbrush, toothpicks cotton swabs to remove old soap buildup.
    Lots of patience and elbow grease get the job done!
    Cheers.
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    Once it's clean, I would like to have one replated. I have had bad luck with the search function. It keeps gpoing to the web for strange serach results. It the past I have seen amny suggeted people that can do the renovation. Can you refresh my serch with the favorite and honest?
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    Razor plate.com. He's the best, will not be right away he has a regular job. But his work is excellent, I had a gold tech and a fat boy in Rhodium. Now my 55 year old fat boy will be here another 55. Tc
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    Thank you so very. I appreciate the info.

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