$4.00 O’Keeffe’s Working Hands, End of Season Sale ends tonite!

February 28, 2015 · Filed Under Uncategorized · Comment 

Your going to miss it ! One of our sponsors has informed us that they have too much O’Keefe’s Working Hands hand cream in stock. If your hands crack and you need good healing relief, this is a great time to try this product. If you are already a user of O’Keeffe’s creams, this is a good time to stock up . You can by up to a dozen of these and have a good stock for yourself through the winter and spring months for the same shipping price. Get some today ! They won’t last at this $4.00 price. Less than 11 left, when they are gone they are gone.


Simichrome to Shine & Protect the Finish of a Hopto 50s era Zippo Lighter

February 20, 2015 · Filed Under Simichrome · Comment 

People tend to look for and use metal polish after an item has gone way beyond its capability to bring it back to its former good looks. In this post we are showing you a 1950s era Zippo lighter for our demo piece. It’s finish is both  brushed and polished. Like many of the Zippo lighters they were sold with advertising on them as a give away premium to prospective buyers. This one is marked Warner &  Swasey Hopto. They were grand excavating machines that I first saw when the Mass Turnpike was built through Westfield.

By using just a very small dab of Simichrome polish on a soft cloth with gentle rubbing action,  you not only clean it but leave a protective coating that will retard any future tarnish. Flip the cloth as you rub over the yellow and black lettering. You don’t want to be too aggressive on the painted lettering as you could polish through it. Don’t be deceived, just because there is light protecting film left on the surface of the metal, it is not slippery, tacky nor will it leave finger prints. It will just make it and keep it looking nice longer. A periodic buff with a soft cloth will keep it looking new. See the picture for yourself.

If you would like to buy a tube or two of Simichrome, please buy it from our recommend online supplier Simichrome.com


Why did the factory lacquer finish on my door hardware fail so soon?

January 28, 2015 · Filed Under Flitz Polish · Comment 

We recently were looking at doors and windows for a project at our shop. On the Marvin Window site was a page entitled “Caring for Doors & Windows“. You can find this page and read it yourself by clicking here.  It is a lengthy page to read but a good take away from it, answers a question that comes up from time to time.  ”Why did the factory finish fail on my brass door hardware ?”  Marvin goes through a whole  laundry list as to what may happen. BUT, the import statement is that they recommend as soon as the hardware is installed that a paste furniture wax or non abrasive automotive wax be applied immediately and maintained frequently thereafter. This is something the sales person at  your local lumber yard or millwork dealer probably forgot to mention. Once that factory finish has failed, you really don’t have much choice but to remove it . Marvin also on this page has recommendations how to do this. BUT again, after one removes this factory finish you really don’t have a choice but periodic polishing to keep the hardware looking the way you like it to shine. Particularly if it is exposed to the elements. A product that fits this requirement is made by Flitz, called Flitz Faucet Wax +. You can buy some by clicking here. It is recommended by Flitz for use on doors, outdoor lighting fixtures, faucets, tubs, showers, vanities, fireplace doors and more. It removes fingerprints, carbon, soot, makeup, hair spray and soap & lime deposits.  It is safe to use on lacquer, clearcoat, powder coat, gold-plated finishes, living finishes, oil-rubbed finishes,  acrylics, fiberglass, polyurethane, granite, marble, Corian,® and other solid surfaces. Flitz states that it will not dull polished metal and that it seals, polishes & protects with its creme-like carnauba & beeswax formula that won’t scratch. We have used this product numerous times and it lives up to the hype.


Sadly Bernice Madigan 5th oldest person in the world dies on 1/3/2015

January 3, 2015 · Filed Under Uncategorized · Comment 

Numerous reports locally of the passing of Bernice Madigan. She was the oldest women in Massachusetts at 115 years and 163 days old. She was a truly lovely person and will be missed by all.  If you would like to read a nice local article and see past pictures of events in her life, click here.


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