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Post by jsweinrich on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:31 pm

I just realized that I need to start using the search feature because I will probably be asking questions that have been asked and answered before...

Just wondering what folks use for a finish for the wood cabinets. I have a GE F-96 that is nearly all veneer. I'll have to re-veneer the top as it's peeling off but the rest of the cabinet wood is OK although the finish is flaking off. Sand, fill, sand, and apply finish is what I plan to do, not sure if any stain was used but probably not since most of the cabinet is Mahogany (fairly dark).

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Re: Cabinet Finish

Post by Dan Walker on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:35 pm

http://www.antiqueradios.com/features/lacquer.html.

This is the method I use for my cabinets.
I have had very good results with it.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:16 pm

I use spray on clear enamel. Earlier stuff used shellac.

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Post by John Bartley on Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:56 pm

I use lacquer. I thin it with lacquer thinner and spray it with an automotive style syphon gun. Any original finish radios that I've owned have had lacquer on them. Currently my oldest original finish radio is a 1927 model Columbia. The finish on most radios was high gloss although you'd think differently because they dull as they age.

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Post by Gcollins on Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:50 am

I'm not too familiar with the electronic side of things. But I have built many things with wood. You would want a spray clear like What bill said for a general good coating. I used boat finish on a guitar I build for a tough and shiny finish and to also highlight the wood grain. But you have to brush it on so you risk runs and a uneven coat. Those are easy to repair just takes more time

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Re: Cabinet Finish

Post by jsweinrich on Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:47 am

I got lazy and used a bush on lacquer from Home Depot and because the radio is not a significant antique. Turned out OK but it was a pain removing the brush marks sanding between coats. Would have been better to thin and spray but the directions specifically stated not to thin or spray. My guess it was not real lacquer. Live and learn....








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