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 Post subject: Radio Box renovation
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 3:00 pm 
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Hi ,

Any suggestion how to best renovate an Atwater kent mode 20c wood Box ? Box is quite ok , but any recommended way to get it back to "original " condition.
Possible to sand down or will I permanently damage the color and wood texture ?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Box renovation
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 7:35 pm 
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I believe it depends on how bad the cabinet is.
If you posted a photo we can get a better idea of how yours looks.
I radio cabinet is only original ''ONCE'', and if it is far gone. the best thing to do is the refinish the cabinet.
First you must remove all hardware, hinges screws etc.
On my cabinets I generally strip the old lacquer off getting ALL of it off..
Personally I don't use sandpaper unless some parts of the cabinet are real bad. I use 0000 steel wool.
Wipe it down with gas line antifreeze.
I give the cabinet
a coat of dark walnut stain, let it sit overnight then remove any excess by rubbing with an old rag.
At this point you can use grain filler [personal preference]
Seal the wood with a mixture of one part shellac and five parts gas line antifreeze [methyl hydrate] Just use an old paint brush and follow the grain. It will dry in two minutes.Now you are ready to apply the lacquer. I use a high Gloss, but it depends on what you want as far as the sheen is concerned .
On the other hand if you cabinet is not all that bad I would just go over it with GO JO hand cleaner[the white stuff]. A photo would help.
Dan in Calgary.

http://www.antiqueradios.com/features/lacquer.html


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Box renovation
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 2:18 am 
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This question really should be in the forum "Cabinet Restoration" category.
I think 'methyl hydrate' is also know as methyl alcohol. Currently many cans labeled 'Denatured Alcohol' that you find at hardware stores are mostly methyl alcohol.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Box renovation
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 9:16 pm 
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Depending on the condition of the wood you might try "The Treatment";
http://radioheaven.homestead.com/The_Treatment.html

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Box renovation
PostPosted: Mar Wed 21, 2018 9:55 am 
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Hi ,

The Atwater kent 20c now fully functional med good reception. Wood box ok , but the front is looking somewhat strange. Not sure what it should look like , never seen a "original ". The pain looks cracked, but that may be som sort of old "crinkle paint " ?? The back side of the front is a smooth brown surface . Is that what is should look like ?

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Regard Roland


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