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#1 Lorna Reed

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:05

I am finding it hard to get hold of Simichrome in the UK, without paying to have it shipped from the USA. Solvol Autosol is readily available here. Does anyone know if it does the same job as Simichrome? Both are described as metal polishes. Are they similar? And are either or both of them better/different than Weenol or Peek metal polishes? Any advice appreciated.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 14:00

I am finding it hard to get hold of Simichrome in the UK, without paying to have it shipped from the USA. Solvol Autosol is readily available here. Does anyone know if it does the same job as Simichrome? Both are described as metal polishes. Are they similar? And are either or both of them better/different than Weenol or Peek metal polishes? Any advice appreciated.


Lorna check out UK ebay seller chillipea. Not cheap but has Simichrome @£10.99 plus postage

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 14:31

Simichrome is an American metal polish - there is no reason to think that it is any better at the job than UK metal polishes. However, they do not all have the same size abrasive particles, for instance Silvo for silver and Brasso for brass are very different. Auto T-cut is good on a range of metals and also for the cellulose car paint finishes for which it was designed.

By the way, just in case you are thinking of polishing plastic pens, none of these are recommended for vintage plastics because they contain solvents which could cause long term damage. An ultrasonic tank will help to get rid of residues, but it is not certain how effective this is. For vintage plastics, always use a water based polish such as MicroGloss (an American product developed for polishing plastic aircraft canopies). This is available in the UK.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 16:57

I've been experimenting with Polywatch polish ; sold for use on plastic watch glasses. It seams OK. It's available off ebay at around £5 a go.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 22:14

I've been using a product called MAAS Metal Polishing Creme which is available from Lakeland stores £8.99. It seems to be effective.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 22:24

I wouldn't be surprised to find that Simichrome and Solvol are one and the same thing exactly but for a regional variation in trade name.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 23:40

By the way, just in case you are thinking of polishing plastic pens, none of these are recommended for vintage plastics because they contain solvents which could cause long term damage.


I was under the impression that many people used simichrome on vintage plastics and just washed off the residues. Of course if you leave it on there bad things will happen, but is it really going to cause long term damage from a short exposure?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 13:45

Lorna,

+1 on the MAAS polish; I use it extensively on my straight razors scales (celluloid, acrylic etc.) and have found it to be excellent.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 15:41

I am finding it hard to get hold of Simichrome in the UK, without paying to have it shipped from the USA. Solvol Autosol is readily available here. Does anyone know if it does the same job as Simichrome? Both are described as metal polishes. Are they similar? And are either or both of them better/different than Weenol or Peek metal polishes? Any advice appreciated.



I am not sure what you intend to polish , whether metal or plastics.

This was my experience ....

http://www.fountainp...ost__p__1368650

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#10 MikeForester

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 22:49

Simichrome is an American metal polish - there is no reason to think that it is any better at the job than UK metal polishes.


Hi, Laurence,

German, actually, made by a company called Happich. Apparently its first big success was with US bikers in the 60s, as a chrome polish for Harley Davidsons. http://www.happich.d...s_sub.php?id=27

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:01

I am finding it hard to get hold of Simichrome in the UK, without paying to have it shipped from the USA. Solvol Autosol is readily available here. Does anyone know if it does the same job as Simichrome? Both are described as metal polishes. Are they similar? And are either or both of them better/different than Weenol or Peek metal polishes? Any advice appreciated.

 

Hi Lorna, I had the same problem till I accidentally stumbled upon it on Amazon UK.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:55

Hi

 

I am also in the UK and use the following three polishes with good results on all my Vintage pens

 

Simichrome from the eBay seller chillipea

Peek, make sure you shake the tube first though as its much more liquid the Simichrome which is a thick Paste 

Plastx Polish

 

I find all three work well but find the Plastx to give the highest shine.

 

Peek is available from most hardware stores and Plastx is available from most Halfords Auto Stores.

 

Not tried Solvol Autosol but suspect its on par with Simichrome.

 

 

Paul



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 15:03

Simichrome is fantastic at restoring gold filled trim and does a much better job than Autosol which is too harsh for the sometimes delicate trim. Autosol is great on stuff like the metal parts of aerometric filler units as it is more abrasive than simichrome. I also use autosol for removing fine scratches from gold nibs, utilising its greater abrasiveness. In my view it is well worth getting simichrome - buy it from a US seller and get 2 or 3 tubes at once - works out cheaply - one tube goes a very long way.  If you're working on a great many pens I believe it advisable to have a supply of several metal and plastic polishes to give yourself the best chance of doing a good finishing job!  :happyberet:


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 16:33

There's different types of autosol. The one I have is called "Autosol Brilliant Chrome Aluminium and Metal Polish.They also do "Autosol M1 cleaning polish for chrome-plated plastic" which I presume is less aggressive. It's pretty great stuff - here's a before and after of an old Summit J bar.

 

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For plastics I use Greygate plastic polish, after reading a recommendation here at FPN (I've never found Novus at a sensible price here in the UK). They do a separate polish specifically for cellulose acetate too.


Edited by Flounder, 04 September 2013 - 16:34.


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