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 Post subject: Philco 37-61 refinish.
PostPosted: Sep Sat 06, 2003 4:19 am 
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I bought a Philco 37-61 at an antique store a couple of weeks ago while on vacation. Somebody had painted the entire set except for the front. The paint removal is not a problem. However when looking at the original finish on the front, where it has chipped off, I wonder if there is a way to replicate that finish? (or repair the chips.) Also if I remove the finish all of the original lettering will be taken off. Is there replacement lettering so that it can be returned to as close to origianl as possible? Thanks.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: Philco 37-61 refinish.
PostPosted: Sep Sat 06, 2003 5:20 am 
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Hi,<P>This set has a photo finish on the front, so you are lucky that the front has not been painted. Do not strip the front! There's nothing but cheap wood under the photo finish.<P>You can fill in missing parts on the photo finish with artist's paints, but it takes a good eye to get it looking good.<P>There's a picture of a nice original at: <A HREF="http://archives.radioattic.com/images/p/Philco_37-61_(1937)_Wheeler.jpg" TARGET=_blank>http://archives.radioattic.com/images/p/Philco_37-61_(1937)_Wheeler.jpg</A> <P>Peter<P>------------------<BR> <A HREF="http://www.plasticradios.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.plasticradios.com</A>


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 Post subject: Philco 37-61 refinish.
PostPosted: Sep Sat 06, 2003 5:24 am 
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Thanks Peter for the information. Any idea on what type or brand of paint to use? Thanks.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: Philco 37-61 refinish.
PostPosted: Sep Mon 08, 2003 7:10 pm 
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I used those little acrylic paints you can get in craft stores for $.99 or less. Get a few browns and a black and mix what you need. I filled in the dings and then clearcoated the whole front with a couple coats of lacquer. <P>I've never had a problem coating acrylic paints with lacquer, but suggest you try it on a scrap piece of wood first to make sure whatever combination you are using works.<P>Peter<P><P>------------------<BR> <A HREF="http://www.plasticradios.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.plasticradios.com</A>


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 Post subject: Philco 37-61 refinish.
PostPosted: Sep Mon 08, 2003 10:54 pm 
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Thanks Peter,<BR>I will give it a try. If for some reason it doesn't work for me is there a replacement photo finish made for this model that is avilable anywhere? Thanks. <P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: Philco 37-61 refinish.
PostPosted: Sep Tue 09, 2003 12:02 am 
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Hi,<P>No one makes a replacement, that's why you have to be so careful with them. Test everything on a scrap first to make sure you don't harm anything! Good luck!<P>Peter<P><P>------------------<BR> <A HREF="http://www.plasticradios.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.plasticradios.com</A>


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