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 Post subject: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 1:04 am 
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I'm new to the forum, ( actually new to vintage radios) this is my first post so I apologize if anything is wrong with it. Anyways, I recently bought a RCA Victor new orthophonic high fidelity SHF-7 player. I think it is the walnut color, I read that this is a rare color. It is actually in pretty good shape as is and still looks good. My question is should I have it professionally refinished, by a master cabinet maker. Or leave it as is. Will it considerably effect the value either way.

Thanks very much.


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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 4:57 am 
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Can you post some photos so we can see the condition?

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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 1:26 pm 
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Before you consider refinishing try what is called "the treatment".

1. Liberally slather on Goop or Go-Jo white (not orange!) hand cleaner and wipe off. That will remove years of grime and nicotine.

2. If there are some scratches apply some Old English scratch cover furniture polish or Howard's Restore-a-Finish.

3. The final step is a good paste wax like Johnson's or Min-Wax.

You'll be surprised how nice it looks.

Not an official step of the treatment, but I like to apply Howard's Feed n Wax before, or sometimes instead of, a paste wax.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 9:21 pm 
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Thanks for the input!
I will try to get some pictures of it up tonight.

Any suggestions on who would be a good person to have service the turntable and amp?


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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
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You can edit your profile to show your location... :)

Posting photos to a forum thread...
The skinny: viewtopic.php?p=3032571#p3032571

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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
PostPosted: Jun Sun 16, 2019 3:43 am 
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Here are some pictures. Sorry for the late reply. I've been quite busy this past week.


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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
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From what I can see in your photos, the cabinet is in generally good condition with some dings and scratches.

What I typically do with a cabinet in that condition is use a furniture refinisher to remove the old lacquer or finish, without removing the original stain and color. Follow the directions on the refinisher container to strip the old finish. Use rubber gloves and 0000 grit steel wool. The old finish comes off readily in most cases. Once the old finish is removed, you may want to do any repairs needed, like gluing loose veneer or filling deep gouges.

Then I use a rag to wipe a matching stain over the original stain to even out the color and cover bare spots. This may require several applications to get it right.

When the cabinet is dry, I apply three coats of lacquer. I use clear aerosol lacquer. When that dries, I then use toned lacquers to even out the color more, then another three coats of clear lacquer.

If you are applying new decals on the wood cabinet, apply them after the toner, before the final coats of lacquer.

If time and money isn't a concern, you can always take it to a pro, but the methods above are actually fairy easy and can be done in just a few days.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
PostPosted: Jun Thu 20, 2019 5:28 am 
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What do you mean SHF-7 "council" ??

What does the word 'council' refer to?



I thought maybe you meant "console" ??
"a television, phonograph, or radio cabinet designed to stand on the floor rather than on a table or shelf."

But that doesn't apply either as:
The unit in the photos is a table-top variety... not a floor model.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I Refinish SHF-7 council or leave stock?
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It looks like it is sans the metal legs.

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