Well like I say it is just a theory. Plus I don't know how the assembly line was set up. It may not have been that big of a deal to put it on and take it off. It looks like it was applied as a dip coat perhaps it may have been taken off a similar way.OTOH, playing the devil's advocate, it seems unlikely to me that Gillette would bother to put protective lacquer over plating that is much harder and tougher then the coating only to have to remove it later. It was a relatively cheap product after all and why increase production costs with such an unnecessary step?
How do you feel about the thought that the "coating" is a product of being held and used? It would explain why it isn't under the head, as no one holds the razor there, and at most puts a finger up there. I only say this due to a recent experience. I was at a stop light and leaned over to tie my shoe and my nose was near my steering wheel. I caught this odor, and when I looked up, I realiazed it was my steering wheel cover. I don't wipe down my interior that much and on the black vinyl areas of it, there was a tan coating. I will guess it was composed of skin oil and old skin cells. A quick going over with a handi-nap got some off, and some dish soap and a rag got it clean all over again. I think if someone shaved before they showered, they would have an abundance of dead skin cells, and also oil. If you leave oil in a container long enough, it becomes almost solid(at least in my experience having some in a spray bottle for my grill). If someone never cleaned their razor very well, and used it every day, it would lead to accumulations right about where they were on that razor. After ten years or so of not being used, that layer would in essence become a lacquer or varnish. Also, why would they produce a "set" over the span of two years? The red tip was B2, the SS was c1, and the blue was c4. Just my two.I just found this thread.
So here goes...
The seller's description is spot on if he says the coating is most worn under the head. That is because this is not...repeat...IS NOT a lacquer coating such as you see on a gold plated razor rather I believe it to be a protective coating placed on the flare tips to safeguard their jewelled finish during assembly
Were these razors hand assembled, or machine assembled? Do the tips on red tips and blue tips have a lacquer on them? Sorry to be so questioning, but I'm really interested in this, and am just trying to figure it out.It's too uniformly thick and even around the handle and the TTO for that. I won't say it's impossible but I think it is improbable. The splattering of the coating under the head reinforces the quick dip theory too.