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Post by dorpmuller on Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:00 pm

How bakelite should polish (IMO) I love how this came out. And these Consoltones sound great! Recapped & aligned, cleaned. I used a heat gun, carefully, to straighten out the dial plastic.

Just wish I could get better sensitivity out of it. Anyone got some tips on this?

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Post by mbird97x on Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:39 pm

Yeah, use that Sony in the background!! Laughing
Seriously, that did turn out beautiful and what is that Sony model?
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Post by geno on Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:08 pm

Turned out beautifully!

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Post by dorpmuller on Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:24 pm

mbird97x wrote:Yeah, use that Sony in the background!! Laughing
Seriously, that did turn out beautiful and what is that Sony model?

Thanks!

ICF-5900W.

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Post by bobwilson1977 on Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:39 pm

Wow. Nice job on the polishing! What do you use to get it to look like that? Buffing compound?

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Post by Guest on Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:12 am

Nice looking bakelite there Rich. To me there's nothing more beautiful than polished bakelite. I use Meguiar's PlastX clear plastic cleaner and polish on my bakelite RCA 45rpm record players. It removes oxidation and puts a wonderful gloss on the bakelite and it's easy to use. I get it in the automotive department at Wal-Mart.

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Post by bowfin on Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:50 am

Nothing cleans a polishes bakelite like Brasso...hands down. No buffing and sweating and rubbing and rubbing. Just smear it on and wipe it off. Bam. I've used everything.


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Post by bobwilson1977 on Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:02 pm

hmmm.. who would've known plain ole' Carnuba wax would work so well? I tell you what I might try next time I get a bakelite set is this wax I got on sale that's made for campers. Its Meguires, but is a lot heavier and contains a lot more caranuba. I used it on both mine and my Wife's vehicles, which are both pretty old, and they looked like mirrors afterward. Bet it'd do a number on radios too.

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Post by dorpmuller on Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:06 pm

Thanks for the compliments! I use Meguires 3-step system for the cars, paint cleaner, polish, then wax. I use the paint cleaner only to do Bakelite. Any wax I've tried left a whitish sheen on any Bakelite radios I did, so I won't use wax. After the paint cleaner it's good old lemon Pledge.

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Post by Don Cavey on Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:50 pm

First: Very nice job; it looks great.

Second: Thanks for those other tips. I am not proud to say that I know to wax the car but never seem to get around to it.

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Post by tube radio on Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:37 pm

It looks great.

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Post by beebs on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:59 am

Very sweet li'l Zenith there! It does look wonderful. Finding it interesting to see what everyone's suggestions for polishing up the Bakelite are. When my H723 arrived, it looked great. I asked the seller what he used, and he said just Armor-All. Immediately noticed that every single fingerprint and swipe shows up mercilessly, and it attracts dust like a magnet. Seems there are as many different ideas about getting Bakelite to shine as there were Zenith models!


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