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 Post subject: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Thu 23, 2021 11:08 pm 
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This another hard to find zenith tombstone. This came in the shop 3 daze ago and is ready to leave for the trip back home. Minor veneer repairs and new grill cloth backer & cloth installed. Radio cabinet now looks great and resembles a factory fresh lacquer finish. Before & after pictures. Thanks for looking Fred Taylor Garland tx.


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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Fri 24, 2021 12:05 am 
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Up dated the escutcheon to a more darker rich color than the previous pictures, I think it looks much nicer.


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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Fri 24, 2021 7:18 am 
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Handsome bit of work. Thanks for showing it to us!

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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Fri 24, 2021 12:00 pm 
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Beautiful work, first time I have seen the inside painted a color, food for thought.
Thanks for showing.

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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Fri 24, 2021 1:30 pm 
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Jimradio wrote:
Beautiful work, first time I have seen the inside painted a color, food for thought.
Thanks for showing.

Yes Jim many zenith radios from the mid to late 30 had the insides painted this very dark blue/ RCA radios were painted a silver/gray color on the inside.


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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Thu 30, 2021 5:22 am 
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A stunning result. How did you apply the lacquer? How many coats? Did you level the finish with wet sand or some other method? Is lacquer the original finish for this era?

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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Thu 30, 2021 1:26 pm 
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GSD wrote:
A stunning result. How did you apply the lacquer? How many coats? Did you level the finish with wet sand or some other method? Is lacquer the original finish for this era?

Yes Lacquer was used on these radios from the factory, spray on finish with a good quality spray gun. No wet or buffing needed on this finish although if I am doing a high gloss piano finish i will wet sand and machine buff. Three coats of sealer and then 5 coats of satin lacquer was sprayed on this cabinet. Hope that helps


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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Sep Thu 30, 2021 4:30 pm 
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Very Nice!!

Why use sealer?

Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
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I too wonder about sealer and what type/brand you used.

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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
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GSD wrote:
I too wonder about sealer and what type/brand you used.

The sealer I use is called EZ vinyl sealer made by Mohawk.


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 Post subject: Re: Freshening up a Zenith 9s30 tombstone.
PostPosted: Oct Fri 01, 2021 1:52 pm 
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poulsbobill wrote:
Very Nice!!

Why use sealer?

Thanks

Bill

Sealer will help fill the grain and provide an excellent foundation for your clear lacquer top coats for a much nicer smoother finish.


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