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Posted by Can Sanalan (Member # 5988) on January 24, 2018, 02:41 AM:

I'm after some advice on restoring an Elf projector.
I've acquired an Elf ST/M projector that needs some tlc. The motor runs and the lamp works. It's missing it's belts which I'll replace as I have spares.
However it needs a thorough cleaning, has sticky levers and who knows what else until I get stuck in. I want to turn this into a small restoration project.

My question, what would you guys suggest is the best/right way of removing old, sticky grease from the levers and other parts and what kind of lubrication should be used in some areas?
I'm not looking to dismantle the whole projector, only the main areas that clearly need cleaning and replacing.
If bigger issues arise then I'll look into sending for repairs by a professional.

Thank you,
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on January 24, 2018, 07:25 AM:
I am curruntly doing my own NT1 at the moment.if you need any info feel free to pm me.this thread may help as a starter.;f=5;t=001592
Posted by Matt Darr (Member # 6270) on January 24, 2018, 01:43 PM:
I have the same question. That nasty slimey golden sludge all over the gears, whats the best way to remove it.
I have a few projectors and a juke box i need to clean that off of
Posted by Richard C Patchett (Member # 974) on January 24, 2018, 01:58 PM:
Greetings Mr C
A whole lot of Q tips [Smile]
On what i use is Denatured Alcohol for cleaning
On the lube & oil i use
Super Lube Synthetic Grease ( been using this for many years
Will not harden and turn colors)
Super Lube Oil Pen
I also have the service and parts manual in stock
Please visit my web site
Yes i do ship overseas
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on January 24, 2018, 02:57 PM:
I am not sure that denatured alcohol is generally available in the UK.
Quite probable, for us, is to use Isopropyl Alcohol.
Posted by Matt Darr (Member # 6270) on January 25, 2018, 01:32 PM:
Denatured alcohol is the same as methylated spirits isn't it?
Posted by Can Sanalan (Member # 5988) on February 01, 2018, 06:18 AM:

Is there anyway of knowing which parts to lube and which parts to oil in the Elfs?

What's the difference between the two (lube and oil), I'm assuming they have different affects on different parts?


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