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Colombianguy_III

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When I was living in Colombia, there was a tech who would take old looking accordions and make them look like new!! The run down celluloid had so much dirt, hand prints and other grime on them. I don't know what he used. But he would make them look shiny... Perhaps a lacquer? Is there anything safe to rub on to make it shine? I use Ax wax which is safe. But it's still not enough. Thanks.

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From short video clips, it looks like they use a buffing wheel on a grinder with polishing compounds. If you try it, watch the speed. Too fast or too long in one spot will create heat...can cause burns or other damage.
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Hmmm... Interesting. I'll see if I can find anything on Youtube...

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I came across a product called “Dr. Duck's AxWax and String Lube” that can be used to clean up the celluloid on the boxes.  I haven’t used it, so I couldn’t tell you how good it really is. 

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I have Dr. Duck's AxWax it's ok, but not as shiny as this guy did. It does however give you a clean shine. Takes away all of the finger prints with not too much oily residue.

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You can bring back the shine on celluloid by using a buffer with polish compound. If the finish is bad enough you can use tripoli compound to buff out rough areas. Do not stay in one area too long, it can heat up and damage the celluloid.
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Thanks Tim. What polish compound do you recommend?

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I recommend tripoli compound. It's a type of compound that will work well on plastics and celluloid. 
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Cool. Awesome tips bro!

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