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 Post subject: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Mon 20, 2017 11:27 pm 
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I am restoring a Zenith 6S254 cabinet; the original finish was pretty much a terrible mess, incapable of redemption. I therefore had to strip the cabinet prior to refinishing. That was the easy part. There are three vertical thin decal stripes above and below the dial. I thought that they were veneer, but they came off in the stripping process. Any ideas concerning how to replace these? I am including a picture from another radio to illustrate what they should look like. Thanks,
Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Tue 21, 2017 10:28 am 
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I have some decal 'stripes' around 3 mm wide that I have never tried to use so don't know if that approach would work. Getting around the curve and across the top would be tricky to keep straight and true. Mine are only A4 in length so lining up more than one would be tricky.

If it were me I would do all the prep and then mask off for the stripes and put them in with toner. Possibly a Mohawk Tone Toner (solid colour) would be best. Easy enough to experiment on say a piece of melamine covered board or any smooth panel. Wouldn't try on the cabinet until I had done this.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Tue 21, 2017 1:42 pm 
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I posted a thread on this matter some time ago, it shows how too do that on the painted on stripes. I don't know how to bring that post up over here, if someone can find it that's knows how to move that topic over here please do so.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Tue 21, 2017 2:48 pm 
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Automotive pin-striping tool.

https://www.amazon.com/Beugler-Pinstrip ... B0024MYKEY

Safe strip masking tape or the brushes as in the Amazon link...

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 1:24 am 
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Thank you! I will try the suggestions. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 11:03 am 
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I have a 6S254. The stripes measure 1/4" wide. You might want to go to an auto parts store, and see if they have gold colored pinstripe tape with that width.
Use a pencil and straightedge to draw straight lines, and then apply the tape against them.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 5:41 pm 
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I just recently restored the same cabinet that had extensive water damage on the top from a potted plant.

I measured out the original stripes and made a spacer diagram on a piece of paper so I could use it to check the spacing throughout easily. To paint them I basically masked out the stripes used white as a base and a little toner on top of the lines directly. That way when I toned the rest of the cabinet they would look close to what would be the correct color and I wouldn't make it too dark.

May have simplified a bit but hopefully that gives you a couple ideas.

*** I had also taken an extra piece of veneer and tried several different base/toner color combinations to figure out what matched closest to the ones I was going to strip away


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 6S254
PostPosted: Nov Thu 23, 2017 12:44 am 
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Old thread I had found and hope this will help you. Just below this thread.


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