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 Post subject: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Fri 02, 2018 11:55 pm 
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I was looking at a Motorola 79XM. Looked very nice except there's about a 1" chunk missing from the left rear of the cabinet.

Is this repairable? If so,is it worth it?

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Sat 03, 2018 2:12 am 
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If it's plastic like Bakelite or other rigid material, you can fill and paint.
Bondo auto body filler is a typical plastic filler that can do the job and it can be sanded and painted.

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Sat 03, 2018 10:02 am 
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http://www.rawnamerica.com/whats_new/plastipair_pr.php

This stuff is amazing. I have repaired tiny chips (and larger pieces) which you wouldn't think would hang in there but 10 years later still perfect. It must have a temp coeff. close to plastic as when sprayed it doesn't develop a fine line in the paint like other fillers do.

But is the radio worth doing anyway? If the external dial is badly worn or corroded it may not be.

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Sat 03, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Radio Fixer wrote:
http://www.rawnamerica.com/whats_new/plastipair_pr.php

This stuff is amazing. I have repaired tiny chips (and larger pieces) which you wouldn't think would hang in there but 10 years later still perfect. It must have a temp coeff. close to plastic as when sprayed it doesn't develop a fine line in the paint like other fillers do.

But is the radio worth doing anyway? If the external dial is badly worn or corroded it may not be.

Gary

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This is the ebay listing: eBay item number:132488651069.

I think the price is too high,given the condition. I was just wondering if this type of damage is worth fixing.

And for some reason,I'm not able to provide the link to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair-Motorola 79XM
PostPosted: Feb Sun 04, 2018 2:02 pm 
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Got the pics:

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/VlgAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/jWIAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vEYAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/4tcAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/Z5sAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/AhUAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/wqgAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/cPcAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/llIAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/BO8AAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/GIkAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg

It almost seems to be a signature on the rear,possibly the guy that serviced it?


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Sun 04, 2018 4:49 pm 
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Dial looks good and knobs correct with their knob brights. Against it is the side damage. Hard to touch that in with paints after filling so it doesn't 'grin' at you. Better if it had been in the bottom or the missing piece had been with it.

Yes! too much money to me but I'm in the UK. Unless its very rare and you must have it I wouldn't give more than $100.

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 8:34 pm 
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Radio Fixer wrote:
Dial looks good and knobs correct with their knob brights. Against it is the side damage. Hard to touch that in with paints after filling so it doesn't 'grin' at you. Better if it had been in the bottom or the missing piece had been with it.

Yes! too much money to me but I'm in the UK. Unless its very rare and you must have it I wouldn't give more than $100.

Gary


It's not a "must-have" for me. I'll just wait for a better one to come along.

I already have a house-full of stuff I don't need. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 10:55 pm 
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Radio Fixer wrote:
http://www.rawnamerica.com/whats_new/plastipair_pr.php

This stuff is amazing. I have repaired tiny chips (and larger pieces) which you wouldn't think would hang in there but 10 years later still perfect. It must have a temp coeff. close to plastic as when sprayed it doesn't develop a fine line in the paint like other fillers do.

But is the radio worth doing anyway? If the external dial is badly worn or corroded it may not be.

Gary


Gary, Can you color tone the plasticpair to match the cabinet? Thank much, Chris


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Cabinet Repair
PostPosted: Feb Tue 06, 2018 8:35 am 
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No! never done that and it doesn't say so.

Gary


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