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 Post subject: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Aug Sat 01, 2015 11:27 pm 
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I really liked the shape of this cabinet and just could not see parting it out because the faux was no more.

1939/40 Sentinel 203 UL

A stock type pic from RM:

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/sentinel_203ul.html

Pictures below of re-fauxed cabinet, right end panels only

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The process is not a decal, but radio-art.

I will post some more/ larger pics on my site later.

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Aug Mon 03, 2015 1:39 am 
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No comments?

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Aug Mon 03, 2015 2:56 am 
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phlogiston wrote:
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You forgot to mention any health conditions you had, or complain why the world is going to hell in a handcart and there's no sense fighting it, because kids today only care about iPhone 6s and laptops :lol:

That's amazing, do you have before photos? I take it that's not a Xerox?

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Aug Mon 03, 2015 4:45 am 
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No, the finish is not paper or a transfer.

It looked a lot like the on in the picture at RM, only worse.

OK, I'm sure it was a trade- in for an I-fone.

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Aug Tue 04, 2015 2:27 am 
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Beautiful save! So you essentially did the painting by hand? Your restoration work always amazes me... your finish work always looks like it just rolled off the factory floor with the colors and toning being spot on.

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Aug Tue 04, 2015 5:22 am 
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Eliot Ness wrote:
Beautiful save! So you essentially did the painting by hand? Your restoration work always amazes me... your finish work always looks like it just rolled off the factory floor with the colors and toning being spot on.


Yes by hand, in several layers.

Not as spectacular as this one but neither was the original:

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Aug Wed 05, 2015 8:10 am 
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I've seen one of Russ' hand-painted faux burls in person, and it's fantastic. Looks so close to the original photofinish that I would not have known if he hadn't told me! Almost looked like real wood, which is exactly how the faux finishes look. Stunning.

And I'm sure this one is as good or better. Nice work, Russ!

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Jan Sat 07, 2017 5:36 am 
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Hi - I am restoring a 1939 Sentinel 203UL, and I need to recreate the faux finish on the end. See my thread on the cabinet and electronics restoration at http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=307368. Below are pics of the set as received and after stripping.
--> please provide as many EXACT details on how you recreated the faux finish as you can. Products used, techniques, drying times, etc. I'm good but I'm not a pro, and very specific information gets me going very quickly.
Any advice you can give me would be appreciated. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Jan Sat 07, 2017 5:58 am 
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BTW - my plan is to paint a light "pickle frost" mohawk tone, then over that a darker toned lacquer, and use a wood-grain rolling tool on it. Does that sound like a good plan?


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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Jan Sat 07, 2017 2:24 pm 
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That might work, but it is not what I do.

As with many finishes a lot can be learned in the stripping (removal) process - Such as the bases of 1937 Zeniths are blue not black.

The faux finish is basically layers. Most often the base is a dirty yellow topped with reddish brown topped with dark brown and maybe a few spots of black. These layers start as a complete coverage coat and diminish to patterns, smears and burl-like shapes as they are applied.

Since the paint is lacquer base, an application of color on the base will dissolve and smear the base. This is good but care must be taken not to expose the wood. I usually allow only as much drying time between colors/layers as it take me to move to the next layer - lacquer dries quickly.

The base is usually applied with my sprayer or airbrush. The additional layers/pigments are applied with what ever I feel will render the shape/pattern I want - often a rag or even a paper towel. At this stage the product will be lumpy, uneven and look hopelessly bad - THIS IS A GOOD SIGN. Top-coating with clear and sanding will smooth the surface and reveal the grain pattern you want.

Now, this may be the most difficult part. I tint the lacquer colors myself attempting to match the original by eye. So I cant give you a paint color chart.

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 Post subject: Re: Re-Faux some Mo'
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 4:26 am 
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Hagstar wrote:
phlogiston wrote:
No comments?

kids today only care about iPhone 6s and laptops :lol:

Not all of us do! I care more about my Telefunken Gavotte 7 than any of my other electronics!


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