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 Post subject: Wood cabinet - dent repair
PostPosted: Sep Sun 07, 2003 3:11 am 
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I am attempting to bring back the original finish on a Philco 39-25. There a couple of small dents (about .25 inch in diameter) on the top of the radio. <P>Any ideas?<P>------------------<BR>Thanks - <BR>JohnS..


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 Post subject: Wood cabinet - dent repair
PostPosted: Sep Sun 07, 2003 8:35 pm 
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Yep John, just leave them!! You can fill them, but it will look a LOT worse.<BR>Be careful of that push buttons you get for it !!<BR><P>------------------<BR>Rick Dippolito<BR>THE PHILCO RESTORER at<BR> <A HREF="http://hometown.aol.com/philcorestorer/myhomepage/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://hometown.aol.com/philcorestorer/myhomepage/index.html</A>


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 Post subject: Wood cabinet - dent repair
PostPosted: Sep Tue 09, 2003 9:28 pm 
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Old Radioz wrote:
<font>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jsloan999:<BR><B>I am attempting to bring back the original finish on a Philco 39-25. There a couple of small dents (about .25 inch in diameter) on the top of the radio. <BR></B><HR>
<P>The only way I found is to use a hammer and whack them right out from the opposite side.<P><BR>Seriously, if the radio still has it's original finish, there isn't much you can do without risking more damage to the original finish.<P>The only trick I know so far is to damp the dented area using either a damp cloth and a cloth iron (this has been discussed by many posters in recent years and is also fully explained in Time Life Woodworker's Encyclopedia [grin]). The steam will have the fibers swell and the dent will sometimes disappear.<P>A damp rag alone, sitting on the dent will also do the trick sometime.<P>Syl<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: Wood cabinet - dent repair
PostPosted: Sep Tue 09, 2003 9:33 pm 
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Bob Flexner, the furniture finishing guru, says you can sometimes repair a dent -- if the wood fibers haven't broken -- by filling it with water and touching a CLEAN (and hot) soldering iron tip to it. Too bad this doesn't work on metal cabinets :-)<P>------------------<BR>73,<BR>Craig<BR>W3CRR


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 Post subject: Wood cabinet - dent repair
PostPosted: Sep Tue 09, 2003 10:14 pm 
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The soldering iron trick works exceedingly well. I usually use a soldering iron with a wet piece of paper towel. Keep the paper towel wet, it will produce steam/etc that swells the wood fibers.<P>You can only do this if you plan to refinish, though. The heat from a soldering iron will obviously run the lacquer. I never do this until after I have stripped a radio.<P>Peter<P><P>------------------<BR> <A HREF="http://www.plasticradios.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.plasticradios.com</A>


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