Here is a picture of this radio:http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/kolster_br_k21.html
The radio I have is totally trashed and I am basically rebuilding the cabinet. My goal is to restore it to like-new, but as authentic as possible condition. My first question is what did it look like new. Is this Radiomusem version accurate? For example, the gold metal feet depicted on this Radiomusem picture may not be correct as there is NO hint of gold on my radio. Similarly, the metal trim on this Radiomuseum version is a coppertone whereas the trim on my radio was clearly black. It is, of course, possible that someone painted my radio, but it doesn't look like it. it is also possible that there were a number of different versions of this radio produced.
The more difficult issue is how to refinish the wooden walls of this cabinet. There is a thin wash of paint (yellowish color) on my radio and unless I can get some suggestions here, I am going to have to do a lot of experimenting to come up with a reasonable replica. If you look at the end wall picture of the Radiomuseum radio, you can better see the yellowish (even greenish) coloring.
The only thing I can think of is to mix a color with my oil paints and thin it out so it goes on like a wash. Do I seal the wood first, or even put a coat of finish on it before the wash? Help!