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Maas Cream Instead Of Simichrome?



LadyPenelope

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Hi

 

New here, and I have a burning question. (Well hopefully nothing will get burned).

 

Am already a keen restorer of vintage handcrank sewing machines. Which means I have some Maas Cream to hand.

 

Today I had my first, modest foray into older pens as a Parker Slimfold I'd ordered on eBay at the weekend has turned up. It looks pretty sound but I want to take it apart and clean it. Have found out how to do that with a simple pen like the Slimfold and feel confident enough to try as it wasn't an expensive pen.

 

Now I keep reading about Simichrome but I already have both Peek and Maas Cream to hand. Sewing machine restorers seem to favour Maas for machine brightwork and I have had great results with it. Before I waste money.... anyone tell me if I could use Maas for the plastic barrel of a fountain pen? I have a 'sacrificial' old pen I could try it on first but was curious to know what you folk here think?

 

Luckily, I also have a collection of Anglo Saxon and onwards metal artefacts that we seal with Renaissance Wax so I do have that to hand...

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I'm sure others have more detailed knowledge about the subtle differences but I use both and don't notice any real difference (both work well).

 

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Thanks, both. Oh no, not my Renaissance wax! I will do a search. And there I was congratulating myself I already had that!

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Hi

 

New here, and I have a burning question. (Well hopefully nothing will get burned).

 

Am already a keen restorer of vintage handcrank sewing machines. Which means I have some Maas Cream to hand.

 

Today I had my first, modest foray into older pens as a Parker Slimfold I'd ordered on eBay at the weekend has turned up. It looks pretty sound but I want to take it apart and clean it. Have found out how to do that with a simple pen like the Slimfold and feel confident enough to try as it wasn't an expensive pen.

 

Now I keep reading about Simichrome but I already have both Peek and Maas Cream to hand. Sewing machine restorers seem to favour Maas for machine brightwork and I have had great results with it. Before I waste money.... anyone tell me if I could use Maas for the plastic barrel of a fountain pen? I have a 'sacrificial' old pen I could try it on first but was curious to know what you folk here think?

 

Luckily, I also have a collection of Anglo Saxon and onwards metal artefacts that we seal with Renaissance Wax so I do have that to hand...

 

Yes, you can use Maas on the plastic barrel. I have a tube of Maas that I have used on all sorts of pens, and it has done a great job.

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I have used renaissance waX bought in UK since few years, without being aware of any negative experience of other people's.

Till now I have noticed any problem in my pens.

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Thanks, both. Oh no, not my Renaissance wax! I will do a search. And there I was congratulating myself I already had that!

 

Full disclosure...I use it sometimes too...;)) Plus, I like how it smells!

 

Glenn

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Maas contains paraffinic and naphthenic solvent and triethanolamine; I'm unsure whether those chemicals could have deleterious effects on some plastics.

 

--Daniel

"The greatest mental derangement is to believe things because we want them to be true, not because we observe that they are in effect." --Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Daniel Kirchheimer
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