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 Post subject: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Fri 10, 2011 10:45 pm 
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Hey everybody,

just picked up an early 60's General Electric stereo console set, It's a fairly nice set, and the electronics were fixed easily, anyhow, somewhere along the way this set was painted an ugly bluish color and then "antiqued" with some sort of glaze, it was actually done quite well, it's just as ugly as all get out. I'm going to keep this set for my radio room, so I want to re-paint it to make it really attractive, because underneath that hideous paint job is a nice cabinet. any Ideas on what color I should paint it? I was thinking a gloss black, also, any advice on how to get the best results when painting it would really be appreciated. here are the pics,

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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Sat 11, 2011 2:34 am 
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I'd do a brown satin, to go with the off-white insides.
Change out the grille cloth to an ivory tweed or something.

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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Sat 11, 2011 4:22 am 
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What is under the paint?
Maybe some good veneer? Painting it black would be ok, but black will show up every little wave or imperfection in the wood surface. A lot of block sanding to keep things level, I'd use black lacquer sprayed from a gun. Then when everything looks perfect, a couple coats of gloss clear.

The tweed material is readily availabe and would look good for the grille. The inside, almost looks good with a little cleanup. Maybe something to match the color of your tweed grilles.

Use your photo program to 'spray" the cabinet and get an idea of what black or other colors would look best.


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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Sat 11, 2011 8:03 pm 
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It was a beautiful blonde veneer before it was massacred meddeteranian style :?

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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Sat 11, 2011 11:07 pm 
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gary rabbitt wrote:
Use your photo program to 'spray" the cabinet and get an idea of what black or other colors would look best.


Hope you have a version of 'Photochop' Elements... bump up the midtone contrast and then use the Color Replacement tool to change the blue color (to anything) via the slider bars. There isn't an easier way. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Tue 14, 2011 4:02 am 
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I Finished it today!! I used Rust-Oleum gloss black spraypaint and Rust-Oleum Gloss Black latex-based paint for the hard-to-reach places and touch ups, and did a nice overall cleaning of the inside compartment, I think it's pretty nice.

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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Wed 15, 2011 10:29 am 
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"I see a console and I want it Painted Black"....sorry...couldn't help myself. I like it. Looks great. Good contrast with the black and the creamish inside color. Good work.


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 Post subject: Re: GE console stereo painting advice/ideas
PostPosted: Jun Wed 15, 2011 4:37 pm 
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:D Funny, thanks, I think it really improved the set.

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