UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Powered By Google Custom Search Vintage Radio Service Data

Go Back   UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Discussion Forum > General Vintage Technology > Hints, Tips and Solutions (Do NOT post requests for help here)

Notices

Hints, Tips and Solutions (Do NOT post requests for help here) If you have any useful general hints and tips for vintage technology repair and restoration, please share them here. PLEASE DO NOT POST REQUESTS FOR HELP HERE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 17th Aug 2019, 12:18 am   #21
paulsherwin
Moderator
 
paulsherwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Oxford, UK
Posts: 18,322
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

Stardrops has lots of fans, and it is indeed a good general detergent. It can be difficult to find, but branches of Savers seem to stock it. It's not expensive.
paulsherwin is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 18th Aug 2019, 9:40 am   #22
Heatercathodeshort
Dekatron
 
Heatercathodeshort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Warnham, West Sussex. 10 miles south of DORKING.
Posts: 6,777
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

FLASH used to be supplied in a packet. It was a mixture of easy dissolvable green crystals. I used to mix in a jam jar a concentrated solution in warm to hot water. It was absolutely fabulous and brought TV receiver cabinets back to new. The knobs were soaked in the jar and grime removed with a nail brush. The Thorn receivers [900/1400/1500 etc] restored particularly well with their Formica finished cabinets.

Flash is now in a spray container and is not so vigorous as the old crystals. It works ok but like everything today, not quite so well. I still keep a couple of the old packets 'under the kitchen sink' for very stubborn cleaning but use the more convenient lazy spray for quick jobs.
The best grease and nicotine remover of all time is of course 'Sugar Soap' It was generally employed to wash down paintwork, doors etc before repainting. It is still available but the old Flash is a very close second. John.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20190818_091736.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	76.9 KB
ID:	188511  
Heatercathodeshort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th Aug 2019, 9:45 am   #23
vidjoman
Nonode
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: East Sussex, UK.
Posts: 2,175
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

Flash also comes on a concentrated form in a bottle - usually about 1 litre. A capful to a bucketful of water is the recommended strength for washing your kitchen floor. I'm sure it's similar to Stardrops and other similar cleaners.
vidjoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th Aug 2019, 9:48 am   #24
Heatercathodeshort
Dekatron
 
Heatercathodeshort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Warnham, West Sussex. 10 miles south of DORKING.
Posts: 6,777
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

Oh my Gawd! Looking at that picture it appears to me that I have a cleaning fetish!
Maybe I should have mentioned this before I was discharged from hospital yesterday..Or maybe not! John.
PS I didn't know that VM. Thanks for info. J.
Heatercathodeshort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th Aug 2019, 10:01 am   #25
Richard_FM
Heptode
 
Richard_FM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Stockport, Cheshire, UK.
Posts: 830
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

Before my Grandad moved into sheltered accommodation my Uncle had to give the walls a good clean up with Sugar Soap as the previous tenant had been a heavy smoker who liked to often fry chips.
__________________
Beware of the trickster on the roof
Richard_FM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th Aug 2019, 10:32 am   #26
Silicon
Octode
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Coulsdon, London, UK.
Posts: 1,002
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

I have used sugar soap many times to prepare surfaces for painting.

I got the impression it was abrasive and that it softened oil based paints.

Be careful where you use it.
Silicon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th Aug 2019, 10:53 am   #27
ajgriff
Heptode
 
ajgriff's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK.
Posts: 680
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

I believe that the significant degreasing ingredient in both Flash and Sugar Soap is sodium carbonate ie, soda crystals/washing soda. Readily available from many sources at around 1 per kg which is sufficient to make gallons of active solution. Very economical in use and happens to be my go to cleaning/degreasing agent.

Alan
ajgriff is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 21st Aug 2019, 3:05 pm   #28
mark2collection
Hexode
 
mark2collection's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Royal Berkshire, UK.
Posts: 314
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

Quote:
Originally Posted by Heatercathodeshort View Post
Oh my Gawd! Looking at that picture it appears to me that I have a cleaning fetish!
I really should read posts a liiiiiittle slower. I somehow put both of Johns posts together & ended up with 'flash fetish' (the wife says 'you only read what you want to read') Glad you're on the mend though John

The last set I revived needed a good going over, especially inside. Ended up using Cif and an old cotton t-shirt, applying little to no pressure, the muck just came away with no effort and left no swirls or scratches.

The set was a Cossor 501AC, foaming cleanser worked well on the outside followed immediately by wax (if you don't the cabinet can go dull very quickly), and optical instrument cleaner ever-so gently on the inside of the dial.

Mark
__________________
Slowly turning the 'to-do', into 'ta-dah'
mark2collection is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd Aug 2019, 4:59 pm   #29
Brettski
Tetrode
 
Brettski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: York, North Yorkshire, UK.
Posts: 62
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

I use Dettol antibacterial Spray in the aerosol



Brettski
__________________
I'm a Roberts addict !!
Brettski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd Aug 2019, 10:39 pm   #30
FrankB
Hexode
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Olympia, Washington, USA.
Posts: 423
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

I have excellent success with Krylon Foaming Glass Cleaner & Windex
The gunk just runs off and a gentile wipe with a soft cloth finishes the job.
Used it for decades on TV set CRT's & cabinets. It contains a lot of ammonia, from the smells of it. Just don't spray it anywhere it will get into a keyboard, circuit board or control panel.

I wear rubber gloves and a respirator when using it, since nicotine residue/cigarette smoke can trigger an anaphylactic reaction. ( Been there. Not fun).
FrankB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th Aug 2019, 4:25 pm   #31
stuart_morgan_64
Hexode
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK.
Posts: 449
Default Re: Degreaser for cigarette tar removal

CIF bathroom mousse anyday.
stuart_morgan_64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:09 pm.


All information and advice on this forum is subject to the WARNING AND DISCLAIMER located at https://www.vintage-radio.net/rules.html.
Failure to heed this warning may result in death or serious injury to yourself and/or others.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2002 - 2019, Paul Stenning.