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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by penmainiac View Post
    I did a butt load of research, but thank you for the warning and concern, I definitely will be very careful with my pen, I only bought the polish as you yourself recommended such, and so did other more experienced collectors such as Mr.Larry on Larrys Fountain pens. I am aware that I should probably send it to MB for official care, but I do want to keep the parts of the pen original as possible.
    Fair enough! Look, I'm not meaning to jump on you. My research comment related to your comment to the effect that "well, polish didn't remove the scuffs so we'll see about the cloth"... By now you should have figured out that the cloth is easily *less* abrasive than any polish, so hardly likely to affect the scuffs. Perhaps just wishful thinking, but my point was to really understand what each of these things actually *do* before you use them on a pen. And not because I want to hammer you, but to prevent anything bad from happening, that's all.

    I've heard enough stories about MB changing out parts that I concur with your method!
    I understand you mean well, and I thank you for that, youre advice is much appreciated, truly. I gave in and tried the abrasive step 0 and now my 35+ yr old pen looks like it just came off the production line. I thank you for your previous recommendation, this polish works like a charm, I am now applying step 2 which will prevent it from further damage


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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by penmainiac View Post
    ...I take it back, step 0 of the polish actually has removed the scuffs.
    You could have a qualified specialist do it for you:

    They do look pretty professional and qualified... I must really use their services...where can I find a time machine?

    As for anyone who told me the MB149 would likely be to big for my hands.... Its starting to feel a little small...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    I've used Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish on all of my Esterbrook restorations. I just had it for another hobby and decided to try it. It has produced a nice luster on all of the plastics including black.
    Um.... Ive used Mothers on a number of non-pen projects, but Id be very leery of vintage or any kind of particular plastic, as that polish has a lot more additives and chemicals in it. Things that can react with plastic, celluloid, and other materials over time. You may introduce elements that dont necessarily show problems immediately but start to work on the body of the pen and create issues down the road. That is a metal polish and Id restrict it to that use.
    What other chemical and additives are you referring? Why would something happen over time? Is your opinion based on experience or speculation? I used it again after 2500 wet dry sand paper on a highly scuffed up Parker 21 with very nice results. No residual feel or any type. If you've used Mothers and had negative outcomes, let me know what and how. Thanks, John.

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    Now after all of your threads since Jan 2019 about wanting to buy a Mb 149 with cash money burning a hole in your pocket at just 14 years old: Does anyone have one for sale? Are they good value for money? Are Montblanc pens value for money? I bought one but is it missing it's collar? How to polish it properly?

    You've listed it as Want to Trade for a Visconti.

    Please can I recommend you don't rush in and get another pen until you have held one in your hand and written with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Now after all of your threads since Jan 2019 about wanting to buy a Mb 149 with cash money burning a hole in your pocket at just 14 years old: Does anyone have one for sale? Are they good value for money? Are Montblanc pens value for money? I bought one but is it missing it's collar? How to polish it properly?

    You've listed it as Want to Trade for a Visconti.

    Please can I recommend you don't rush in and get another pen until you have held one in your hand and written with it?
    I tried the visconti at the pen show.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Now after all of your threads since Jan 2019 about wanting to buy a Mb 149 with cash money burning a hole in your pocket at just 14 years old: Does anyone have one for sale? Are they good value for money? Are Montblanc pens value for money? I bought one but is it missing it's collar? How to polish it properly?

    You've listed it as Want to Trade for a Visconti.

    Please can I recommend you don't rush in and get another pen until you have held one in your hand and written with it?
    Quote Originally Posted by penmainiac View Post
    I tried the visconti at the pen show.
    The other thing to consider. People who are looking at it for a potential trade, will look back at your posting history and that may not work in your favor regarding trades.

    And as far as Visconti goes, It's best to have one that has had the nib tuned professionally, rather than one out in the wild or straight from the factory. I say this in advance because I suspect that if you do go that route, you might attempt to tune the nib yourself, and it will not end well.

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    Rule #1: If you purchase a pen and are not 110% certain you are in love with it forever, do NOT go mucking about with. Anything and everything you do to alter a pen has a reasonable risk of reducing the value of the pen.

    It is a shame you are learning these lessons on nice and expensive pens, but maybe this will be the end of that. If you attempt to sell or trade that MB, you need to be very clear about anything that YOU as an owner have done to the pen, even if you've only had it for a short while.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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