[vcf-midatlantic] Cleaning Franklin cases

Bob Applegate bob at corshamtech.com
Sun Oct 11 18:24:41 EDT 2020

This is an update of my progress with cleaning up some old Franklin machines in my collection.  I’ve got five ACE-1x00 systems from mid-1982 through early 1984 that were in various states of disrepair.

I followed Jameel’s suggestion of Seventh Generation Multi-Sruface Cleaner, mostly because my wife had a bottle of it already.  Sprayed that stuff on, let it sit a few seconds, scrubbed a bit, then hosed off a lot of really dirty mess.  It was a huge improvement without anything else.  

Used retr0brite on one of the cases to see if it would make much difference.  Franklins were originally yellow (engineering referred to it as “piss yellow”) so I wasn’t sure the de-yellowing would show much difference.  My wife said the extra cleaning was noticeable to her eyes, so I did the same treatment for the other cases.  They probably look almost as good now as when they were first made.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions!  The results were worth the effort.


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