Cleaning old surface on Tower Clock

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I have just purchased a tower clock that appears to have most all its paint and pinstripping. I want to nicely clean this and looking for ideas and suggestions on how to clean it without hurting the original paint and stripping. Somewhere I read about a mixture of Linseed Oil and Mineral Spirits..Any ideas anyone..?
 

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I have just purchased a tower clock that appears to have most all its paint and pinstripping. I want to nicely clean this and looking for ideas and suggestions on how to clean it without hurting the original paint and stripping. Somewhere I read about a mixture of Linseed Oil and Mineral Spirits..Any ideas anyone..?
The mixture is 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 turpentine, and 1/3 beeswax. Rub onto the paint with 0000 steel wool or a real fine nylon scrubbing pad (not the green one; use the maroon or gray one). Then buff. It removes the oxidation but leaves the paint. Be careful on any decoration.

Frank
 

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I would use mineral spirits, on a cloth or bristle brush, initially to remove all grease, oil and grime before applying linseed oil and beeswax as the latter two will seal and retain any foreign particles left on the clock. As always, try it on a small area in a well ventilated area first.
 
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