Hello To All,
I am restoring two RCA BP-10's. I have repaired the electronics on one of them and have moved to the case They both have chipped leather on the case. I have made the existing leather soft again using Scott's Liquid Gold. I am considering using some upholstery leather and recovering the cases. Has anyone ever done this? I am looking for other ideas and suggestions before I commit myself to the first idea.
The other radio has the lid broken away from the hinges. I am still thinking about what to do here. I may make a mold and fabricate a new lid for this one. What have others done?
I've recovered BP-10 cases with vinyl material. That's fairly easy. The hard part is BP-10 plastic cover repair. It's apparently a very early type of styrene. I've found that solvent based cement will essentially "weld" the broken pieces. Pressure from a clamp of some sort is usually needed to get the best results. But, the final mended joint is often not as smooth as it could be. Sanding with #400 paper can take care of that. Still the joint doesn't look great, because the cement has discolored the styrene. Spray painting the repaired joint works only if the paint is compatible with the styrene. That usually requires a lot of experimentation. As I said, plastic repair is the hard part.