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 Post subject: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 2:56 am 
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Started on the Silvertone console, and it has definitely seen better days...
I don't know what to do, this is not my area of expertise and I am still learning so any ideas are appreciated.

Thanks,
Noah


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 3:48 am 
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This is how I do it: http://antiqueradios.com/features/lacquer.html


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 4:15 am 
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I am with Allen on this one ''recreating a 30 finish'.
It can look like any of these.
Follow the instructions and you will be surprised at the results.
It just takes some time[don't hurry] .
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 11:14 am 
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Find some easier ones to start with or cut some pieces of veneered ply. Prep those, grain fill etc then try the different staining and colouring methods, lacquer and rub out. Lot of variations on the Forum: pity they are not all grouped as one Sticky file.

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 1:08 pm 
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Wow nice radios Dan!

I have two questions:
1. Is it okay to do this in the winter? I live in Iowa.
2. What would you estimate the cost to be? I am a highschooler that does not have unlimited funding.

Thanks,
Noah


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 1:12 pm 
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Why is it the radios from Canada are drop dead gorgeous? When I scan Kijiji, I see beautiful radios that I never see on Craigslist.


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 1:16 pm 
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Can do prep and stain but no lacquer unless you have somewhere heated and ventilated. Follow the 60 : 60 rule. Temp above and humidity below.

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 4:46 pm 
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Noah'
I don't do my radios in the winter because it is too cold in my non heated garage.
If it was heated I would do the stripping and staining. I probably would have all my cabinets ready for lacquer
by the spring
As for cost;; I guess it depends on where you live. I find that the guys on the forum in the States get stuff cheaper than up here in Canada.. You will need paint stripper,0000 steel wool , good masking tape ,lots of old newspaper
methyl hydrate [gas line antifreeze] lacquer thinner, acetone, and grain filler. And of course you will need Mohawk toner and lacquer.
For removing the old paint[in those tight areas], you might need some old toothbrushes or small fine brass wire brushes.
As was mentioned, get a small wood junker radio and do a little practice on it with stripping , grain filling staining and so forth.
You can't give a price for one radio because when you buy the products, you will always have some left over for the next radio, and believe me there WILL BE a next radio. Take your time and enjoy the process.
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 11:39 pm 
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I was reading some other stuff, and saw that polyurethane is looked down upon by restorers.
Why is this, I think it looks pretty good?

Thanks,
Noah


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 11, 2017 12:40 am 
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Noah;;The reason that a lot of people restoring radios do not use Polly is because it is not what was put on the radio originally.
It does look good but it is VERY hard to get off and you can't get the right colors.
By that I mean with toned lacquer you can get so many different shades that are close to the original
It is your radio and you can do what you want but to make it as close to original as possible , use lacquer.
I did a desk for a lady and I used Polly because the desk will be taking a lot more wear than a radio
would.


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 11, 2017 6:01 pm 
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wowsk, it's great you are getting into this.
It's a lot better for you than texting and playing games!
Do some trials, as mentioned, and develop patience for the details.
You'll find you can redo some nice furniture for yourself, in later life, and maybe even make some money!
Stay in school and take lots of math.
Good luck,
Wilson


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 11, 2017 6:16 pm 
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Thanks Wilson. I don't have a phone nor do I want one. I can find a way to get a hold of someone if I really need to. Math is my favorite subjects, with history and science bringing up close second and third.

Noah


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 Post subject: Re: How to refinish?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 11, 2017 6:25 pm 
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Sounds like college to me!
WL


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