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 Post subject: Emerson DP332 Radio - Paint Removal
PostPosted: Jun Fri 14, 2019 3:11 pm 
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I picked up this 1939 Emerson model DP332 radio.

As you can see it was painted a bright red color.

I usually don't work on wood cabinets - just circuits.

Any suggestions on removing the paint with the least amount of damage to the finish or if there will be damage to the finish what should I do.

By the way, I do see the electrolytic caps sitting next to the speaker and I'm aware there is a ballast tube. I have no idea what is going on under the chassis but I was given this radio for free. I have nothing invested (yet) in the radio.

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson DP332 Radio - Paint Removal
PostPosted: Jun Fri 14, 2019 9:45 pm 
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https://www.antiqueradios.com/features/lacquer.html
Just follow the instructions telling you how to strip the radio.. The lacquer thinner and acetone will not damage the wood.
I use this method all the time,
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson DP332 Radio - Paint Removal
PostPosted: Jun Fri 14, 2019 10:05 pm 
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I use this stuff; won't harm the wood, and it begins working immediately;

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 Post subject: Re: Emerson DP332 Radio - Paint Removal
PostPosted: Jun Sat 15, 2019 2:12 am 
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I like Jasco paint and epoxy stripper. Get some real chemical gloves from the hardware store. Get some coarse steel wool and a wire toothbrush too. Have a couple of putty knives, one stiff and one flexible. Coat the bottom or other less visible part and get a sense of how well the stripper is working. Scrape the bulk off with the putty knife that works best, re-coat and use the steel wool. the Once you have a handle on it go nuts. The toothbrush is good for getting it out of the grain and cracks. Be careful though, you can remove more than you want to. Good luck


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson DP332 Radio - Paint Removal
PostPosted: Jun Sat 15, 2019 8:46 am 
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Removing the paint will remove the original finish. There is no practical way to get around that.

If there is only a single layer of paint, the type of stripper isn't really critical. Methyl chloride strippers will work slightly quicker, but overall not a big difference.

Skip putty knives and steel wool. It is much easier and quicker to use hamster bedding as it's slightly abrasive and it absorbs the spent remover and sludge it creates.


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