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 Post subject: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Thu 09, 2020 9:30 pm 
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I've been the owner and caretaker of my great uncle's McMurdo Silver 15-17 for over 25 years now. The radio is in the "Oxford" cabinet and is definitely showing it's age. I'd say 15% of the original finish is just plain missing at this point and what remains is all checked and looks dull. I'm really thinking it's time for a refinish. The radio would look absolutely stunning with a new finish, but at the same time I don't want to hurt the value. I'm all about originality and preservation, but there comes a point where those just don't make sense anymore. What say you?


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Thu 09, 2020 9:41 pm 
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Well i tend to leave cabinets the way i found them.I will clean them up but thats it and i do replace torn grill cloth..Some will say refinish it other like me say leave it as found.Do clean it wax it once in a while pictures would help so we can see how it looks.Angelo :D

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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Thu 09, 2020 11:39 pm 
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I'm finding that a light sanding and a few fresh coats of satin lacquer not only protect the wood, but give it a freshening without having that refinished look.


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 12:18 am 
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Take some pictures and show us. There's a lot of different ways old finishes can be revived


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 12:32 am 
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I'll post some pics tomorrow. Thanks guys!


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 7:02 pm 
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Pics added. They make it look better than it actually is. It's been this way the whole time I've owned it but it really is looking shabby...


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 7:47 pm 
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It looks like most of the original lacquer is toner lacquer. It will be hard to get the color even and flaking fixed without a refinish. If this set matters to you and is not being saved for a 'someday project' it probably is time to refinish it.


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 10:08 pm 
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By toner lacquer you just mean lacquer that's been slightly tinted, correct? That's what gives it the somewhat darker brown shade?


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 10:28 pm 
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Southtowns27 wrote:
By toner lacquer you just mean lacquer that's been slightly tinted, correct? That's what gives it the somewhat darker brown shade?

Yes. It saved some steps like staining in the manufacturing process, and people still use it today.


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 Post subject: Re: Refinish or not?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 11:07 pm 
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Cool, thanks!


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