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Making Dull Porcelain Vibrant
#245837 Wed Apr 06 2011 08:04 AM
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There was a post a couple weeks ago about bringing the life back to a porcelain sign whose finish is a little dull. I can't find the original posting. I believe it was a feed-n-wax? Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Making Dull Porcelain Vibrant
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Do you have a picture of the sign? To be honest- The best luck I have had with dull porcelain is use some 3M compound then polish with a liquid polish and then wax. This has given me the best results with porcelain. I would try this first. There are other methods used for stains. There is a 50/50 chance that the shine will come back.

The final option is to do this-Clear coat-which I am not a fan of but this sign had heavy fading and staining:

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Re: Making Dull Porcelain Vibrant
57tbirdkid #245849 Wed Apr 06 2011 08:54 AM
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feed-n-wax works great on dull porcelain finishes.


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Re: Making Dull Porcelain Vibrant
hotrodhudson48 #245850 Wed Apr 06 2011 08:59 AM
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Clear Coating can always be removed form porcelain at a later date/collector to do as they wish & doesn't have to be re-done every 6-9 months.

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I have seen people use WD-40, furniture polish and other stuff to give a fast temporary shine. Doing this will make a sign look better for a while but it will wear off in time. I even saw a guy at Iowa Gas a few years ago with some packets of tarter sauce from a fast food joint. He was useing that to shine up his one sign. Must be the oil in it? Anyways, it is a temporary way to make it look better, just like getting a sign wet. Be careful when you are looking to buy a sign if it is oily or slippery, the shine may be enhanced...


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Re: Making Dull Porcelain Vibrant
Wes Maxwell #246101 Thu Apr 07 2011 11:25 AM
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Thanks for all of the advice.
I greatly appreciate it.

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Try Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish. Used this on my porcelain signs since saw a post from a veteran on this site. Works great to clean and polish them up. If on tin painted signs you must be careful - runined a nice Firestone patch kit tin by rubbing too hard - right on the front. LOL cry

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I did an $11 Porcelain Veedol sign today with Howard's Feed n Wax. Here are the results.

The Non-glossy black looked more like a flat dark gray....

The Feed n Wax darkened it up to near black and made it semi-glossy.

A close-up of done and not done areas....


I hope to frame out the edges of the sign so it's not so ugly or dangerous to handle.


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