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 Post subject: a newbie want to know
PostPosted: Sep Thu 09, 2021 3:30 am 
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I would like to know the basic products that it takes to make good and beautiful restoration.

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 Post subject: Re: a newbie want to know
PostPosted: Sep Thu 09, 2021 3:59 am 
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https://www.antiqueradios.com/features/lacquer.html
This is the method I have used for quite a few years, and a lot of others on this forum have used it.

There might be a little variation in each persons method but not too much.
The cabinets on antique radios were not varnished, the were sprayed with lacquer.
You can get many different colors in toned lacquer from Mohawk.
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: a newbie want to know
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thanks for the information



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 Post subject: Re: a newbie want to know
PostPosted: Sep Sun 12, 2021 6:01 pm 
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( When the finish starts to come up, grab a handful of wood chips (hamster bedding from a pet store) and scrub off the finish. )


I would like to know why I cannot take a scraper, because the wood chip (hamster) is is expensive



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 Post subject: Re: a newbie want to know
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 2:54 am 
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Do you have any woodworking/cabinet shops in your area? Ask them for some planer chips which is a waste product they create and should be willing to give to you for free.

You can use a scraper to remove the dissolved finish, it just will be harder and messier than if you use the wood chips.

If you're working with flat surfaces you could use a cabinet (aka card) scraper and remove the finish cleanly without chemicals. It take a little practice to get the feel right, but once you get the knack it's quick and easy.


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 Post subject: Re: a newbie want to know
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 3:44 am 
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Personally I have never used any type of wood chips to absorb the old finish.
For every radio; I start out with a good paint stripper and after it has done it's chemical job
I scrape it off with a putty knife
Then I use a 50,,50 solution of lacquer thinner and acetone with 0000 steel wool.
Soak it down with that mixture using the steel wool. It will remove the old finish.
Use a small BRASS wire brush and something like a dental pick to get into the small tight areas.
Do not use a regular wire brush.

When you think that the finish is all removed, wipe down the cabinet with the same mixture using a white
rag, and you will see what you have missed.
The important thing is to remove ''ALL'' of the old finish
After the old finish is gone wipe the cabinet down with gas line antifreeze [methyl hydrate]
Now you are ready for the next steps.
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: a newbie want to know
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 10:41 am 
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chaz wrote:
Personally I have never used any type of wood chips to absorb the old finish.

You really ought to try it. It's amazing how much easier, quicker, and better the wood chips are. They are slightly abrasive, which helps take up the old finish, but not abrasive enough to damage the wood surface. They also absorb liquids, so the mess you're scraping up otherwise is greatly reduced. You can use your lacquer thinner and acetone mixture to remove any residue and then clean wood chips to take it up. They do the same thing as the steel wool does, plus absorb the waste laquid.


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