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 Post subject: OOPS!
PostPosted: Apr Mon 12, 2021 10:02 pm 
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I finally got my Thompson V50 running and was cleaning up the cabinet and knobs. tried using Dawn dishwashing soap and a soft toothbrush to clean the dial knobs. Didn't work so well trying to clean out the dirt from the fine ridges on the knobs.

Enter my ultrasonic cleaner. I placed one of the knobs in a small bowl of Simple Green which was placed in the ultrasonic. 8 minutes later I had the ridges cleaned out ALONG WITH THE NUMBERS ON THE DIAL!!!. Now I have to get the wife to repaint the numbers and lines since my hands are not steady enough to do it.

Note to one self, DO NOT use the ultrasonic cleaner to clean 20's radio tuning knobs.

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 13, 2021 1:39 am 
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Jim, it can be done even with shaky mits. You fill the etched numbers and grooves with “white-out” and run a rag dampened with alcohol across the knob to remove the excess before it dries hard. If wiped smoothly you leave the numbers and grooves filled. I have knobs on battery sets which I did that process to back in the seventies and they still look good. It sure beats filling numbers individually along with 101 grooves. I have also used off-white paint but that was more work so I returned to using “white-out”. Give it a try.

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 13, 2021 3:39 am 
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Markal B White Paint stick is my choice to fill the engraved intaglio. It is not as bright a white as LaCo Lacquer stick and it is less expensive. The white will turn a light wheat color in a few weeks time so it will look aged.

Paint sticks are wiped on the engravings and excess removed with a rag lightly dampen with mineral spirits, takes a week or so to cure.

Both products have the same parent company... chas

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 13, 2021 9:55 am 
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Thanks for the tips.

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Apr Wed 14, 2021 12:34 am 
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My oops, oh darn. I was cleaning the gears from a motor driven tuner so dropped them into the ultra sonic cleaner and covered them with lacquer thinner. I then wondered why the thinner was turning white. Turned out the plastic basket melted into a white goo and the plastic rim of the cleaner is now re-shaped. Stupid thing is I know lacquer thinner and plastic don't mix! But, late at night and old brain.

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Apr Wed 14, 2021 12:51 am 
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"OOPS!" The one thing you don't want to hear from either your tax accountant or your heart surgeon... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
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fifties wrote:
"OOPS!" The one thing you don't want to hear from either your tax accountant or your heart surgeon... :wink:
Or your dentist.

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Aug Sun 29, 2021 1:43 am 
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Also, don't clean a Heathkit tuner dial with dishwasher liquid! It takes off the paint in seconds!
May be true of other painted radio dials...
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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Aug Sun 29, 2021 2:10 am 
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I try to avoid cleaning tuner dials if at all possible. Even water can remove the paint on some of them. If needed I use a damp cuetip to work around the numbers/lettering.

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Aug Sun 29, 2021 2:15 am 
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westcoastjohn wrote:
fifties wrote:
"OOPS!" The one thing you don't want to hear from either your tax accountant or your heart surgeon... :wink:
Or your dentist.

Or your plumber.

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 Post subject: Re: OOPS!
PostPosted: Aug Sun 29, 2021 1:06 pm 
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Mr. Highlander wrote:
westcoastjohn wrote:
fifties wrote:
"OOPS!" The one thing you don't want to hear from either your tax accountant or your heart surgeon... :wink:
Or your dentist.

Or your plumber.


Well, at least you aren't likely to be sitting next to your tax accountant, and you won't hear the "oops" from your heart surgeon. :roll:

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