Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

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Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by MrCrabtree » Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:37 am

Gentlemen advice please.
I have just been to a car boot sale and purchased a 4" widedrum ebonite centrepin with brass drum, foot and latch fittings.
I paid the princely sum of £2.

It is in a very dirty condition but nothing is broken. What is the best way to clean and polish both the ebonite and brass? Also is there anything I should be aware of especially when cleaning the ebonite?
All help will be gratefully accepted.

Mike

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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by LuckyLuca » Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:52 pm

Hi MrCrabtree, Some pictures would help so we know what condition we are dealing with.
If it was me I'd start off gentle with soapy water and a soft cloth or toothbrush. Then see what's left before progressing.
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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by MrCrabtree » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:27 pm

Hi
I would like to post pictures but not sure how. On the information page it states I can only post images if I am sending them from a publicly accessible area not direct from my pc. I do not subscribe to those sort of websites though my wife does access facebook.
Anyway I will try your suggestion and use a toothbrush and soapy water to start with.
Regards
Mike

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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by LuckyLuca » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:52 pm

Hi Mike, follow this link to instructions for uploading pictures.

http://traditionalfisherman.com/viewtop ... g+pictures
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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by MrCrabtree » Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:38 pm

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Thanks for that. These are the original pictures. I have started to clean the reel up. I will try and send some of the work so far.
Mike

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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by MrCrabtree » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:03 pm

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As you can see it's started to look a bit better. The ebonite or what I assume to be ebonite is a bit blotchy and I would like any tips at improving my polishing of the brass work.
All advice would be greatly appreciated.
Mike

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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by Harry » Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:16 pm

Brasso or Solvol on the brass work, I would say that Solvol gives good results, but is quite abrasive... I have also heard that toothpaste can bring up a nice finish
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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by Lea Dweller » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:51 pm

It seems to be similar to a "Pioneer" reel made by David Slater, Milwards and Reuben Heaton. It doesn't look like a Slater, the star back is not right, but it looks like a quality reel, they didn't use ebonite on cheap reels, well done!

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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by Paul D » Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:10 pm

What a lovely reel Mr C, coming up a treat. Does it spin ok? :Hat:
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Re: Restoring an Ebonite / Brass Reel

Post by Walterswim » Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:18 pm

A tip with these brownish ebonite reels is to keep them out of the sunlight - I had a few on display in a cabinet, and I was surprised at the fading - and I couldn't really get it back - I wouldn't personally overpolish the reel. You have I would say up to £75 worth there.

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