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 Post subject: Shiny Bakelite - Wipe new?
PostPosted: Mar Fri 02, 2018 9:16 pm 
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Has anyone tried the product that they advertise on the TV that you wipe on car dashboards and panels and it's supposed to restore the original shine? I was wondering if it would work on bakelite or painted radio cabinets?
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 Post subject: Re: Shiny Bakelite - Wipe new?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 04, 2018 12:30 am 
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The stuff they use for cars is silicone based. Does not last long. On Bakelite I still think a good brand of floor wax is the best after a thorough clean with Gogo then soap and water. And never try to buff it with any type of abrasive polish - it dulls it right away cause the sawdust filler is exposed.


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 Post subject: Re: Shiny Bakelite - Wipe new?
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I dunno abut wax; I use Metal Armor polish, and it works quite well.

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 Post subject: Re: Shiny Bakelite - Wipe new?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 04, 2018 7:30 am 
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sillyrabbit wrote:
The stuff they use for cars is silicone based. Does not last long. On Bakelite I still think a good brand of floor wax is the best after a thorough clean with Gogo then soap and water. And never try to buff it with any type of abrasive polish - it dulls it right away cause the sawdust filler is exposed.

I feel differently about that and have never encountered any problem using fine abrasives.
Bakelite has come up to mirror-like shine for me with fine abrasives like that in older formula Brasso... w/plenty of elbow grease and diligence. Not just wipe on wipe off... but scrubbing in small areas and watching progress then buffing. Jewlwr's rouge will help too.
Also Dupont's #7 polishing compound red or white.
Use jewlers rouge on a soft buffing wheel and watch.

If you can polish stone like my granite counter-top you can polish Bakelite too.
How about soft material like leather? I've spit-shined my boots like glass in Army.

You can also use Paste Polishing #5 by Greygate out of the UK.
Made for Bakelite: It works.
http://www.greygate.com/product/paste-polishing-no-5/

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