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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
PostPosted: May Mon 29, 2017 3:49 am 
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Great job, Fred. It probably looks better than when it left the factory.

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
PostPosted: May Mon 29, 2017 2:31 pm 
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I had been using and still do use Mohawk grain filler but found by using dry wall compound also works great if not better than Mohawk but must be stained which I do that any way on most cabinets. The joint or dry timbermate dries very fast and sands like a dream. It will take any stain and is very cheap $ wise.


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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
PostPosted: May Mon 29, 2017 4:57 pm 
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Fred,

Another awesome job, and you're right about eye candy!

As for the Colorama lights, the picture of your dial looks off to me, and it may be just the picture, but check the order of the lamps. They start with red on the left, low side of the dial, and alternate green, red with red at the far end. There is also a sensitivity switch on the chassis near the PT that may be in the wrong position or just dirty. I'm guessing your guy is pretty good, so I'm hoping it's just the switch setting which makes a big difference. Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
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Which drywall joint compound do you use? By the way, DWJ up to the early 1980s often contained asbestos, so the old stuff should be avoided.

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
PostPosted: May Tue 30, 2017 5:22 pm 
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It seems risky to me to use material like Dry Wall Compound for grain filling and why do it? You are spoilt for choice in the US for grain filler that is made for the job. There must be some good ones.

But the DWC worked and so guess you are happy unless it falls out in a few years :D

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
PostPosted: May Wed 31, 2017 1:49 am 
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It seems risky to me to use material like Dry Wall Compound for grain filling and why do it? You are spoilt for choice in the US for grain filler that is made for the job. There must be some good ones.

But the DWC worked and so guess you are happy unless it falls out in a few years :D

Gary

I really meant to say I use Timber mate for grain filler, it smells and acts and looks the same as DWC. I was told about from a fellow refinisher and has had no problems with it. Will not shrink, or fall out of the pours in the wood. I haven't used it all that much , its new to me. I have done several cabinets with it with great results. Mohawk makes a good grain filler


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Beautiful job!
I always admire the coloring of your cabinets and would love if you could more carefully please detail the products you use that result in such color....

Stain--- what brand and color?
Any mohawk rattle can toners -- ultra classic or tone finish --- what are their specific color names?

I'm assuming you stain the entire body, solid trim wood and all.... Then do you use ultra classic spray bombs on the body? Or just tone finish pigment spray bombs on the base and hardwood trims?

Please elaborate!

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PostPosted: Jun Sun 04, 2017 3:38 pm 
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Just Beautiful.

You are Gifted Fred


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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
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Fantastic job Fred. What a beauty.

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
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Show off ... :lol:

All kidding aside, absolutely beautiful.

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Daddy GE E-155 Restore ( WOW EYE CANDY DONE)
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Very Nice Job! :wink:

Gee...That speaker alone is worth $15. :o

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The Grain filler I use is called Timber mate. There is a thread going on now about also it in cabinet restoration section Sorry for the delay in my response.


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Just stunning! Great work.

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This is a beautiful job on the radio :D


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This is a beautiful job on the radio :D



Thank you everyone for the fine comments on my restorations I have been posting on this site. I enjoy working on these radios bringing them back to day when they were the center piece of the family's home. If you were alive during those days, there was very much going on in the USA and the world, we all needed to stay in touch of what was happening . Also everyone wanting to listen to the sounds of the Big Bands that was sweeping the county, also tuning in on the news broadcasts about the dark days that were looming on the horizon that would effect the entire world (WW2).Those days are long gone now but we can still enjoy some of the things that the 1930,s had to offer such as having a beautiful radio with rich sound to listen to. One of my upcoming restores is going to be an Atwater Kent 509 w console with clock, cant wait to get going on it, maybe next month I will start on it. Thanks everyone for sharing.


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