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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Wed 01, 2003 3:41 am 
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Guys, i got a philco 49-501 that the cabinet is in good shape except it's quite dull. what is the best way to restore the original shiny brown finish? I'm hesitant to experiment cause I don't want to ruin/scratch up the finish. It looks like oxidation that has built up over the years.<BR>underneath the dials and on the inside I can see what the finish looked like originally.<BR>any ideas?<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Wed 01, 2003 8:29 am 
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Clean carefully with mild soap and water. Then treat with GLAYZIT. Result should be an "off the shelf" finish.<P>Bob<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Wed 01, 2003 5:04 pm 
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If you're looking for something quick, a few rubdowns with black or brown shoe polish will bring out a nice shine. I prefer Kiwi myself.. <IMG SRC="http://antiqueradios.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>Peter<P><P>------------------<BR><UL TYPE=SQUARE> <BR><LI> <A HREF="http://www.plasticradios.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.plasticradios.com</A><BR><LI> <A HREF="http://airchiefradios.com" TARGET=_blank>http://airchiefradios.com</A><BR></UL>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Thu 02, 2003 5:01 pm 
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thanks for the input. Ill give it a try.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Sun 05, 2003 6:04 am 
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i have had excellent results with mothers metal polish. it cleans and polishes beautifully. i've used it on several radios with great results<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Sun 05, 2003 4:33 pm 
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AMEN to Mother's Mag Polish! It is without a doubt the best I've used and works on everything from an OLD lacquered finish (never use it on a new one, it will REMOVE IT!), to styrene having the ability to actually remove abrasions and scuffs into the plastic when used with an old terry cloth and enough elbow grease. <P>On bakelite the only caution I've found in 13 years of using it is to not put it on a badly weathered brown bakelite finish that is rough or has lost its original "glaze" as the Mother's will get caught into the pores of the bakelite and then it WILL live up to its name trying to get it off the radio again!<P>I have found too that it will strip brass of lacquered finish for relacquering purposes but it works best when mixed with nailpolish remover and Brasso in close to equal amounts. It stinks like heck but man does it strip brass! <P>When using Mother's a little is better than a lot to buff bakelite and you should let it dry to an even haze for the best polishing effects sometimes even repeating an application on stubborn areas.<P>Great stuff and cheap too, $4.69 at the local Drug Mart automotive section and a small jar last for months.<P>------------------<BR>DecotronixDan


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Sun 05, 2003 5:46 pm 
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I tried what you guys suggested and I think it came out well. I should have taken a before picture but the after turned out 1000% better! Kudos to you all for your kind advice.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Sun 05, 2003 5:46 pm 
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Oh, I also posted a picture so you can see how it turned out.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Mon 06, 2003 5:39 am 
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So which method did you use?<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Mon 06, 2003 6:49 am 
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since I couldn't find any glazit less than 25 bucks a can (including shipping), I got the finest grade buffing compound I could find and then used 2 coats of brown kiwi shoe polish and 4 coats of kiwi neutral. all coats spit shined with 4 hours between coats.<BR>eventually I may strip in off and try glazit if I can find some at a more reasonable price. I spoke with an old bell telephone guy and he said all they used to do to refinish the old bakelite telephones was to use a power buffer and buffing compound back when you weren't allowed to own your own phone.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: philco 49-501 polishing
PostPosted: Oct Mon 06, 2003 7:38 am 
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$12.95 at AES and $13.25 at Radiodaze. I would think either would come in under 20 bucks shipped.<BR>I found some stuff locally that I swear is the same as Glayzit. Its a silicone substance along the lines of Armor-All but thicker sold as Doctor Mechanic Protectant High Gloss Finish. I've got a bakelite set that had dried out to the consistency of dry wood. Have let 3 coats of this stuff soak in and its finally starting to show (and hold) some shine.<P>------------------<BR>


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