Advice Sought: Cleaning & Polishing Gillette Slim Adjustable

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Last month, a close friend passed away. Yesterday, I was kindly permitted to select a personal item as a reminder of our friendship. I chose his razor which research indicates is a U.S. manufactured Gillette Slim Adjustable of 1963 vintage.

As I wish the item clean and polished but am ignorant of the processes, I seek advice of the following:
a. Materials used in construction,
b. Materials used in cleaning, and
c. Detailed step-by-step cleaning/polishing instructions.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Soak
1. Plastic Container
2. Hot Water
3. Dish Soap (Palmolive, Dawn etc etc)

Clean
4. Tooth Brush
5. Pipe Cleaner
6. Needle (Optional. I use one to clean tiny areas on handles)

Polish
7. Cleaning Rag
8. Mother Metal Polish (My personal choice)

Sanitize
Isopropyl alcohol 70% (I use Barbicide but Isopropyl way easier to find.)
 

Mark1966

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Hey @Becephalus, sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

The 1963 Slim Adjustable is a great razor and will be an incredibly special reminder of him I'm sure.

The Slims are nickel plated brass with painted numbers and should clean up a treat.

@Maxime D. has outlined a similar routine to mine except I would use a toothpick rather than a needle and toothpaste (a mild polish) rather than polish. Whatever you do go gently!

As @Normie said our own @FatBoy58 does an amazing job with a more comprehensive clean and polish. While not a replate and polish like the Razor Emporium Revamp service most razors come up looking the goods. I'd suggest you PM him for more info - he now asks a nominal fee but it is worth it.

1949 was the time of the British Aristocrats, the US Aristocrats and Milords - some really nice razors.
 
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Yup, thanks Mark1966
Rather than a steel needle, I'd probably use toothpick flossing plastic doo-dahs and "Swisspers Dual Cosmetic Tips" cotton buds for fine detailing.

"1949 was the time of the British Aristocrats, the US Aristocrats and Milords - some really nice razors." AND Scots-born Aussies :LOL::LOL: ;).
 
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Point taken thanks. I'd not wish to stuff it.
@Becephalus if you don't want to stuff it or any further damage, than my strongest advise is give it to @FatBoy58 because he has many years experience cleaning & polishing Gillette Slim Adjustable. I'm sure @FatBoy58 would be able to help you, all you have to do is ask him nicely ;)
 
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Hey @Becephalus, sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

The 1963 Slim Adjustable is a great razor and will be an incredibly special reminder of him I'm sure.

The Slims are nickel plated brass with painted numbers and should clean up a treat.
Funnily enough... I bought an I4 date code Slim yesterday... well it arrived yesterday! After a quick clean & disinfect (isoprpyl) I had my first shave with it this morning using an Astra.... arguably the best TTO shave I have ever had! What a beautiful razor. Used it at position 7 (1-9 available) and was delighted at the result! Think it's going to replace my Fat Handle 3 piece and my super speed as my goto razor. Well, it will at least be in my rotation trio! Goodbye, L6 Lord!
 
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Resurrecting an old thread, but I have a 1964 Gillette Slim Adjustable coming soon and want to look after it properly. A lot can change in a year, so is the information above still relevant?
 

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Resurrecting an old thread, but I have a 1964 Gillette Slim Adjustable coming soon and want to look after it properly. A lot can change in a year, so is the information above still relevant?
Same, same mate !
 
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Soak
1. Plastic Container
2. Hot Water
3. Dish Soap (Palmolive, Dawn etc etc)

Clean
4. Tooth Brush
5. Pipe Cleaner
6. Needle (Optional. I use one to clean tiny areas on handles)

Polish
7. Cleaning Rag
8. Mother Metal Polish (My personal choice)

Sanitize
Isopropyl alcohol 70% (I use Barbicide but Isopropyl way easier to find.)

You won't find any better than the above from Maxime_D!!! L.A.B. (Proud Slim owner)
 
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This would be my method,

Clean
Ultrasonic Cleaner
Water
Simple Green
Run for 30 minutes (may need longer)
Rinse in clean water then dry

Polish
Polishing Cloth
Autosol Metal Polish
 
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