I recently acquired a Firestone 4A26 - one of these: http://www.radioatticarchives.com/radio.htm?radio=1149
The price was right (free) and it's all there. Besides, I was looking for a nice easy project, and this little AA5 fits the bill perfectly. And I must admit that after removing the chassis and looking it over, it seems well designed and constructed - definitely a cut above a lot of the radios that make it to my bench.
The original is factory-painted bakelite, which was very badly scratched and chipped. I've already stripped it. I have read all the threads here and all the Google results for tips and tricks on painting bakelite, but I saw myself getting ready for a lot of frustration using spray cans. I'm enough of a perfectionist that I just know I'd end up stripping it and starting over God knows how many times.
On a whim, I called my local auto body shop and they said they do this sort of thing all the time, and would only charge about $30. Aside from the fact that I'm going to put $30 plus caps, tubes, and labor into what will end up being a $50 radio, this sounds like the way to go.
Any thoughts? I know that's been the suggestion of a few people here, but do you actually do that on a regular basis? My thought is now about how many painted bakelite radios I've passed on simply because their finish was all scratched up and I didn't want the hassle of repainting them and the results probably wouldn't make me happy. For example, I'd love to have a couple of the Crosley "dashboard" radios and if I can have the cabinets professionally repainted for only $30, that seems like a good way to go.
Just looking for opinions or general thoughts. Of course I'll post photos once I get it back.