Alcohol and Rhodium British Aristocrat

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Marsom
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Alcohol and Rhodium British Aristocrat

Post by Marsom » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:31 am

Hello,
This may be a silly question, but will rubbing alcohol cause any adverse effects to the finish on a rhodium plated vintage Gillette?
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Re: Alcohol and Rhodium British Aristocrat

Post by drmoss_ca » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:46 am

I've no experience of that combination, but chemically there should be no issues. I'd go so far as to say the mechanical scrubbing would be more of a threat than the alcohol. Metals do not dissolve in alcohols.
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Re: Alcohol and Rhodium British Aristocrat

Post by John Rose » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:58 pm

This is from a talk.jewelry forum:
Question:
I know a lot of you use alcohol often to clean your rings.
I use it too, a quick soak or wipe when I do not have time for a clean in my ultrasonic.
My question is will if effect Rhodium Plating over time? Most of my jewelry is white gold with Rhodium plating.
Has anyone had any issues with this, do you think it will cause the rhodium to wear off faster? Or will it not effect it it at all?
Answer 1
The alcohol itself won't affect it, but the rubbing action of te cloth on the metal will over time. Make sure to use the soft jewelry clothes.
Answer 2
I have soaked rhodium dipped white gold pieces in rubbing alcohol for years and never had it chip off or anything.
Sounds like it would be pretty safe.
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I have a British Aristocrat Junior that looks unusually shiny for its age. How likely is it that it's rhodium plated too?
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I can answer my own question, after reading an article on AJs:
Because these British razors are so well polished and plated, they are often mistakenly thought of as being rhodium plated. They aren't, unfortunately. Just well plated nickel.
It's still a great little razor. I prefer it over flare-tip Rockets and Super-Speeds.
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Re: Alcohol and Rhodium British Aristocrat

Post by Marsom » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:56 pm

Sounds like it’s pretty safe. Thanks for the replies.

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Re: Alcohol and Rhodium British Aristocrat

Post by Pauldog » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:09 pm

It's still a great little razor. I prefer it over flare-tip Rockets and Super-Speeds.
What about the non-flared Rocket? I'm asking because I happen to have one, and think highly of it. I've never tried or even seen a flare-tip Rocket, except in photos.

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Re: Alcohol and Rhodium British Aristocrat

Post by John Rose » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:09 pm

Pauldog wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:09 pm
What about the non-flared Rocket?
:-k I dunno. I have never tried one.
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