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A special treat...for me! A Restoration Story
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Post# 2652   10/17/2006 at 20:31 (4,415 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        

Well, recently I had the pleasure of going to Wally-World. I immediately went to the automotive section to pick up some Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish. So, now I have two heros: Kyle K. and MMAP! Yes, Kyle, you are my hero! So anyway... I started polishing my Kirby Omega, and it looks good. But I was quicly bored and decided to start off easy. Polishing a Kirby, as some of you know, is no easy task! So, I brought out the white and turquoise Airway Sanitizor 88 Mark II. Yay! And, I have found surprising results! Looking at the next few pictures will tell you exactly that! Good as new; no, but it is far better than what it used to look like. Three things made this project successful: MMAP, the knowledge how, but mainly...ELBOW GREASE!!! I can't stress it enough, as nothing would polished if it wern't for good 'ole elbow grease. Oh, in case you were wondering, I don't have an electric polishing unit. No, I did it ALL BY HAND!!! (I am very pround of myself *blush*...) So, yes, here are the pics.

P.S. In case you were wondering, there are 2 Kyle's: Owen and Krichbaum. I only could dream of being like Kyle K...He is the coolest! Along with some of his awesome friends, Reggie, Corey, Tom, Charlie L...just to name a few!

Post# 2653 , Reply# 1   10/17/2006 at 20:33 (4,415 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Pics (before)

Here is one before pic. Notice the extreme oxidation on the swivel head and the surrounding aluminum. The plastic "Air-Way" is like in mint condition!

Post# 2664 , Reply# 2   10/18/2006 at 06:42 (4,414 days old) by myvacsrock (Dayton, OH)        

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Thank you Kyle!!

Your too much! Your the coolest too! I hope we can meet each other someday! That would be great! I can't wait until the north canton ohio convenation!! Maybe i'll see you there!

Kyle Krichabum

Post# 2672 , Reply# 3   10/18/2006 at 12:37 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
New pics


I will post the vac pics later. At school right now :-) Don't worry; they will be there later.


The convention will be sweet! I am most looking foward to that. I hope I'm out of school at that time or have a long weekend, etc. I can't wait to meet you!


Post# 2684 , Reply# 4   10/18/2006 at 16:13 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
I found some more pics

YAY! My pics weren't deleted! They were in another folder. So here they are. These are before pics.

Post# 2685 , Reply# 5   10/18/2006 at 16:15 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
And the new pics!

Yup, here, folks, is what you all have been waiting for! *drum roll* BAM! (ok, sorry 'bout that) But anyway, yes, these are the pics after refurbishing.

Post# 2686 , Reply# 6   10/18/2006 at 16:20 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Yes, there are more!

Here is another! Stare at it shininess!! haha

Post# 2688 , Reply# 7   10/18/2006 at 16:22 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Here are more!

Here are more shiny aspects of my Air-Way!

Post# 2690 , Reply# 8   10/18/2006 at 16:33 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Here is a great pic!

Yes, this has been specially edited by me!

Post# 2700 , Reply# 9   10/18/2006 at 17:59 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Problems with Air-Way...

Yes, this might be a perfect vacuum...except for 3 things: Rust spots on paint, rusty bottom rail, and a rusty caster (wheel that rotates around). Oh, well. Maybe someone can teach me the correct way? Charlie, Tom, even Kyle?


Post# 2701 , Reply# 10   10/18/2006 at 18:01 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Rusty Rail

Yup, here is the rail...It is chromed, so I tried some
"TurtleWax Chrome Polish with Rust Remover". The rust remover seemed ineffective. Any advice?


Post# 2702 , Reply# 11   10/18/2006 at 18:03 (4,414 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Paint chips/rust...

Here is probably my biggest fear: rusty paint... Well, rusty steel underneath the paint. There seems to be no hope for me. Or is there? Any help to offer a poor child in need? haha


Post# 2721 , Reply# 12   10/19/2006 at 03:02 (4,413 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Nice job, Kyle!

To remove rust, get some #0000 steel wool at the hardware store, and some "Barkeeper's Friend" scouring powder. It's not as abrasive as Comet etc. Wet the steel wool pad, sprinkle the cleanser on it and gently rub at the rust spots. Watch them disappear! To help keep rust from returning, other than the obvious to keep the machine dry, is to wax the chrome with chrome polish (hardware store or auto parts store). As to rust under the paint, I don't know of any way to address that. Best thing you can probably do is just keep the machine away from humidity and dampness.

Post# 2723 , Reply# 13   10/19/2006 at 07:21 (4,413 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Yay! I have an aproval!

Thanks Charles! You're awesome! Luckilly, I have some fine steel wool (don't know about rating though) and some Barkeeper's Friend! I used this steel wool for my Sanitronic Miracle Head, so I suppose it will be "ok." It is in a very low humidity environment. Thanks!


Post# 2785 , Reply# 14   10/20/2006 at 01:20 (4,412 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Kyle, I wouldn't take any chances with this.

Steel wool of too rough a grade will etch (scratch) the surface of the metal. A bag of steel wool is only a couple of bucks; I'd suggest you wait until you can get to a hardware store and make sure you are getting #0000, the finest grade which is made for polishing and buffing. Especially if you are going to be using it with Barkeeper's Friend.

Post# 2793 , Reply# 15   10/20/2006 at 07:16 (4,412 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
YAY! I have #0000

Post# 290991 , Reply# 16   7/29/2014 at 23:27 (1,573 days old) by kevin ()        

Want to be sure I've read correctly ... Barkeeper's Friend and #0000 steel wool is safe for painted surfaces and chrome along with metal?

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