Collecting pressed pennies in the USA

March 24, 2015 · Filed Under Autosol · Comment 

So…I really like to hear from anyone that has a use for any metal polish that is out of the normal things you tend to think about using it for. I would like to thank Karen for telling me about a hobby that  was unknown to me. AND for sharing pictures of a pressed penny. Now, I have seen these machines along the Mass Pike that you put a penny in and it presses a logo of one of the Boston sports teams or Cape Cod etc, but little did I know that not only do people have large collections of these but that also there are a number of clubs and news letters such as the Elongated Collectors . You can visit their website by clicking here , if you want to delve into this hobby a bit. While some collectors only want to use uncirculated coins, many want to use pre 1982s because of the higher zinc content. So you are starting with an old penny that has been God knows where and in many cases putting it through a pressing machine that has dirty rollers…well you get the picture. So what is often done, is to after the pressing,  wash it with a solution of vinegar & water, maybe even use a little Bar Keepers Friend. Then to finish off the shine, Karen uses Autosol metal polish. As she states “ The first picture is before the polish and the second picture is afterwards. You can signal planes with it now!!!!!!!!!  I now have polished over 200 pressed pennies with your polish and still have most of the tube of polish left.”  I think this is a great hobby, that I would like to get my grand kids into. It’s inexpensive, something they can do on their own, and when they go to Disney and other venues, a really nice souvenir. Check the before and after pics below. If you would like to try some Autosol metal polish, please buy it from our recommended supplier by clicking here.

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2015 price increase for Simichrome polish in effect

March 5, 2015 · Filed Under Uncategorized · Comment 

All US Simichrome dealers and distributors have been sent by now the factory 2015 price increase. Effective March 1, 2015 , the list price will be $13.65 for the 1.76 ounce (50 gram) tubes, $40.75 for the small 8.82 ounce (250 gram) cans and a mind boggling $99.95 for the 35.27 ounce (1000 gram) large cans. That is a weighted average of 5 1/4 % increase in price. Simichrome normally increases prices once per year. But they are always subject to change without notice.  If you are a volume user of this metal polish, you might want to think about stocking up a little at the old prices. You might catch someone with old inventory available.  Our recommended online site to buy this product is of course



Brass bucket finished with Simichrome polish

March 3, 2015 · Filed Under Simichrome · Comment 

We can talk and show you how to use Simichrome all day long. We love it and have used it for years. But sometimes the best way to see if it actually works in real life is just to show you a picture that was sent in to us from another satisfied user. Simichrome polish is very easy to use. But if you would like to see before and after pictures, or step by step instructions on its use, just look on the side bar navigation and click on Simichrome to find multiple posts on the subject.
This is the comment that accompanied  the picture. “Thank you! Bucket is finished; lid, another material, not done, but indicates condition prior to Simichrome.” If you would like to try some Simicrome polish for yourself why not buy it from the recommended source,

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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.

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