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Post by Motorola man on Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:25 pm

My new Zenith is by no means is a candidate for a full refinish job, but the original finish is starting to show its age a bit. It's in great shape to be 72 years old, but the lacquer is beginning to develop very small cracks & I'd like to just keep them from getting worse. I've never tried reflowing lacquer & don't want to make this my first attempt either. Should I just give it a good rub down with Restore-a-finish, shoot it with a fresh coat of clear lacquer, or does anyone have any better suggestions?
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Post by fixinmyphono on Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:19 pm

Mines the same way Im waiting for responces to see what ideas will work. Doug
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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:36 am

What do you want to know? I do know that the beautiful graining on vertical louvers is photo finnish. I wouldn't strip those.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:39 am

Ah. I see. All the vertical banding inlay looks is photo finnish.
On bottom of molding along case, and, feet, that should be either a very dark choc. brown, or, black.
The rest should be a medium brown walnut finnish.
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Post by Motorola man on Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:26 am

What I'd like to know is how to prevent the cracking lacquer from getting worse. It's in its beginning phase of deterioration & since I know that I'm definately not going to do a refinish job, I just need some guidance on preserving the original finish.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:53 pm

If it's already crazing, the only thing you can do is to keep treating it with finnish preservatives of some sort.
Adding to the finnish will only make the new finnish craze.
I'd refinnish only what I have to.
Don't strip the "inlays", as, I have said it's photo finnish.
Same with vert. bars in front of spkr.
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Post by Ben Delk on Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:32 pm

I been repairing and refinisihing antique furniture for years and this process has done the ticket for me on many occasions. This like all finish repairs depends on the extent of the crazing. If the crazing is smooth but sensitive to the touch go with it. If the crazing borders on the edge of flaking, strip it. It is also good to note that how you apply lacquer with a brush is not like paintinging house. Always use long straight stoke in one direction, never work a brush with lacquer back and forward.

Fine lines and cracks in the finish can be repaired by using a fine paintbrush dipped in lacquer thinner. The solvent will work with the lacquer to it levels out. Let it dry. Then apply paste wax to the furniture and buff it.



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Post by Resistance is Futile on Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:04 am

Question: Can fine lines of raised woodgrain be delt with without resorting to stripdown?
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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:56 am

Is this a new finnish? If so, you can still add grain filler, though it won't work as well.
Should fill in the grain, then, you can add more finnish.
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:48 pm

no its old finish on a console Philco.
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Post by Ken g on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:12 pm

I have done dozens of these . The radio in the picture here looks real good still accept maybe the bottom base . It may not clean up as nice as the rest . If not i usually remove the base . Zenith cabinets are held together with screws . With it off you can be more free with it without messing up the cabinet next to it .

I always start by cleaning up the cabinet if it needs it . After that i give the whole cabinet ( accept the parts that need refinish ) with regular wood stain , start with a light color such as golden oak and if that does not color the defects dark enough , move on to a darker stain . Rub the stain in and back off just like you are applying polish .
After the stain dries ... sometimes it takes a few days but the stain is a more permanent treatement than all the other wipe on remedies . One thing i use on sone cabinets that still look dull is tung oil . It does a real nice job and seals in loose finishes .
I have recoated my share of cabinets lacquer to find some unpleasant suprizes such as bad fisheye due to past treatements of spray on furniture polish or the original finish clouds and wrinkles up . the tung oil is safer that way but some people just dont like it . It comes in high & low glass .

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