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  • Polishing an E61?

    Hey all. Whats the hot tip for getting my Domobar group head all shiny again? It sits next to my stove and gets splattered with oils etc a bit, so its kinda grimy in all the fiddly corners. The main flat surfaces are fine because I wipe them regularly, but in around the nuts and bolts it needs a good cleaning.
    Cheers,
    Matt.

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    Re: Polishing an E61?

    If you cant get into the crevices of the screws and wipe them then your only option is to unscrew them and wash/brush them in a little tub "away from the sink hole"
    Rinse them the same way
    Dry & replace
    Dish-washing detergent will work OK

    KK

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    • #3
      Re: Polishing an E61?

      Oh Im not anal enough to remove the screws to clean them, but wiping with a microfibre cloth isnt getting anywhere on the really baked-on stuff.

      Guess Im just curious to know what detergents etc are safe (or otherwise) to use (eg dishwashing liquid, spray-n-wipe/ajax etc), or if a toothbrush is likely to scratch it up?

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      • #4
        Re: Polishing an E61?

        window cleaner works quite well

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        • #5
          Re: Polishing an E61?

          Originally posted by 694550507B6F4D4A43240 link=1252558167/2#2 date=1252562948
          Oh Im not anal enough to remove the screws to clean them, but wiping with a microfibre cloth isnt getting anywhere on the really baked-on stuff.  

          Guess Im just curious to know what detergents etc are safe (or otherwise) to use (eg dishwashing liquid, spray-n-wipe/ajax etc), or if a toothbrush is likely to scratch it up?
          OK then

          Degreaser on a soft micro-fibre cloth wipe gently on the grease until its all gone

          Then with another clean cloth wet with water rinse off the chemical and remaining grease

          Then you can dry polish

          KK

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          • #6
            Re: Polishing an E61?

            Since the E-61s are usually chrome-plated brass, most polishing compounds are a real no-no.

            When I get stubborn stains on mine I use Meguiars Mirror Glaze Clear Plastic Cleaner no. 17. It gives a shine to clear perspex and will not harm chrome. The guy who recommended it to me uses it in the final preparation of custom motorcycles--on the paints and on the chrome.

            A well-used, well-rinsed, and softened-in-hot-water toothbrush gets into the crevices.

            Greg

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            • #7
              Re: Polishing an E61?

              What about using SS cleaner, i use this on my machine and it comes up a treat, you just need to ensure you dont leave streaks on the surfaces

              Mal

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              • #8
                Re: Polishing an E61?

                Originally posted by 202D2E20420 link=1252558167/6#6 date=1252581543
                What about using SS cleaner, i use this on my machine and it comes up a treat, you just need to ensure you dont leave streaks on the surfaces

                Mal
                I use steam from the steam wand into microfibre. If that doesn t work, glass cleaner. For stubborn stuff, backwash detergent cuts anything off. Better though to move the machine away from the source of the grease as you cant clean inside.

                I have seen some absolutely disgusting machines and these will certainly fail prematurely leading to megabills for repair.

                2mcm

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                • #9
                  Re: Polishing an E61?

                  Thanks. Unfortunately I dont have enough bench space to move it I always wipe down the main surfaces, the stainless just wipes clean with no issues, only the crome is stubborn. The cup tray is usually loaded with cups, that should prevent most vapour getting inside it.

                  I dont think I have any #17 any more but I do have some Plast-X, might try that or the windex.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Polishing an E61?

                    I wouldnt be counting on cups on the cup warmer to keep out grease. Hot air rises so heated air escaping through the top of the machine will be replaced by cooler air being drawn in from the bottom. This will no doubt draw in grease fumes as well.

                    Consider getting a small trolley or computer desk. I bought one in OfficeWorks for $49 which might be wide enough to accommodate the depth of the VBM (Dimensions: 680 (W) x 450 (D) x 740mm (H). Use the slide-out keyboard tray for tamper, etc and theres space underneath for milk jugs and other coffee paraphernalia. Its on lockable castors so you can move it out of the way when not in use.

                    [Makes a great corretto stand by the way. Cooler sits nicely underneath]

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                    • #11
                      Re: Polishing an E61?

                      hey flynn,
                      Is that table you have stable enough?, how do you find it?, im in a simular situation, where i now have limited room, i had a silvia/rocky near the oven, and it was doable, now with the GPP on its way i think ill have to look at alternatives, really wanna take care of this one.....

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                      • #12
                        Re: Polishing an E61?

                        Originally posted by 595D7B626267786F600E0 link=1252558167/10#10 date=1252629228
                        Is that table you have stable enough?,
                        As mentioned, Ive only had it a couple of days and its only holding my corretto. If you are only rolling it around the kitchen, then sure, its pretty sturdy. There isnt a max. load rating I think it should hold a VBM or GPP without too much trouble.

                        The assembly instructions are a bit more difficult than the standard Ikea fare but it wasnt that hard.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Polishing an E61?

                          I had one of those tables as a computer table a few years back and if it could hold that stably then I am sure a coffee machine would be fine.

                          Oh and before you say "a machine with a 4l boiler ways more than a pc monitor" this was housing a 20" CRT monitor made back in the early 90s that easily weighed about 30Kgs plus the PC 8-)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Polishing an E61?

                            Why not throw a tea-towel over it while youre cooking?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Polishing an E61?

                              WD 40 ...... spray on ,wipe off ...... just be careful..... wipe on , wipe off

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