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 Post subject: Faceplate cleaning/reconditioning
PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2020 6:10 pm 
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I have a faceplate for a Philco 40-190 radio I'm restoring. It's the original faceplate which isn't in bad shape, but I'd like to clean it and polish it a bit. What's the best way to do this without causing damage? Thanks in advance for your insights!


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 Post subject: Re: Faceplate cleaning/reconditioning
PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2020 10:35 pm 
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Hi,

I don't know if it's the best way, but this is what I do.

Start with some Simply Green and a paper towel.

Then gently rub in some "Blue Magic" metal polish and lightly swish it around with 0000 steel wool. Then rub it good with some paper towel. Even if it looks clean, you'll be surprised at how black the towel gets.

If it's nickel plated, you might want to be more careful, or you'll rub the plating off.


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 Post subject: Re: Faceplate cleaning/reconditioning
PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2020 11:23 pm 
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Thanks for the tips, tesch1932! Is there a way to tell if this is nickel plated?


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 Post subject: Re: Faceplate cleaning/reconditioning
PostPosted: Sep Thu 17, 2020 1:23 am 
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I just did the same model. I couldn't get the grooves clean enough so I brushed it good with lacquer thinner then sprayed it with Rust-Oleum - Universal Metallic Paint and Primer In One "Pure Gold" colour followed by a semi gloss clear coat to smooth it out. As far as I can tell from internet photos it is very close to the original.

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 Post subject: Re: Faceplate cleaning/reconditioning
PostPosted: Sep Sat 19, 2020 5:13 am 
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You will never get this clean and polished looking. I've worked on half a dozen or these or so and the gold is a very thin spray paint that will quickly start coming off once you start rubbing. The best solution is to shoot it with some gold spray paint as lwhite46 recommends.


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