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 Post subject: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish it?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 26, 2018 9:18 pm 
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My Mother in law is going to be meeting my wife and I on a vacation back home when we go see my parents. She is driving down and one of the things she's bringing is a Emerson tombstone made out of green-ish catalin plastic that someone gave her that she's now giving to me. I've seen pictures and its pretty dirty. I have zero clue what to use on these things. I've always used Novus No.2 on just about everything plastic but given these are kind of pricey sets I'd rather not mess it up. Any comments or suggestions would be great.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
PostPosted: Sep Wed 26, 2018 11:53 pm 
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I recapped a Catlin radio for a friend of mine. and I also did the cabinet. It is an Addison table model.
I used Brasso on the cabinet [after I cleaned it] and it worked very well.
I then polished it with a wax called Renaissance.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp ... qFDGha0Q5I

If you read up on this wax you will find that the British museum hired a bunch of chemists to make the wax. You can use the wax on anything.
It is not costly, for the amount that is required , and it will last a long time.
It does NOT leave fingerprints. I really like it.
Here are some photos of the radio I did.
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
PostPosted: Sep Thu 27, 2018 12:41 am 
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Chaz, that radio is not catalin.The yellow trim is, but not the body. As far as polishing catalin, you can safely use Liberal sloshes of Acetone to remove the oxidation, and then follow up with Novus #2. Or,...you can use novus #2 right from the start, but I can tell you it will take you a whole lot longer to do it without the acetone bath first. Just remember that acetone will melt all other plastics (most), but catalin.
Hope this helps...
Tony


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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Follow the color you get on the cloth using Novus 2 as you go along. You don't want to take off too much of the patina. Surface cleaning and that's all, as the cloth comes cleaner in color you should stop. JMO


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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And you probably know this, Bob. A Catalin radio should be missing some screws. That way the cabinet can shrink gracefully. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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I use Simichrome polish for hand type work.
You can get it from Amazon. It is a mag wheel paste type polish.
Before and after pics using simichrome.

Barry


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I used Metal Armor Polish, followed by Acetone, on my one Catalin.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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Thanks for the information about the radio not being Catlin Tony.
I learn something everyday.
Dan in calgary.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
PostPosted: Sep Thu 27, 2018 9:30 pm 
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Chaz is it fairy thick? Because Addison DID make a burgundy Catalin radio. I know, I had one.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Addison-Catali ... 7675.l2557


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
PostPosted: Sep Fri 28, 2018 12:48 am 
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Gunderson's Catalin Polish :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
PostPosted: Sep Fri 28, 2018 3:44 am 
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Chaz:

I think that Addison radio cabinet is catalin; both butterscotch trim and maroon body. I have the same radio model and color.

Addison did make a noncatalin version which I also had; it was made some type of Plaskon-like material which was thinner in thickness than the catalin ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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Thanks guys. I realllly don't want to mess this up as it will most likely be the only catalin I will ever own. Interesting that many of you have suggested metal polishes. I also hope that the chassis isn't going to be stuck inside as I know this plastic likes to shrink.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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I just completed cleaning/polishing 2 different Bendix 526C catalin radios. I polished the first one using the old formula Brasso. I did the second one using Scratch Out by Kit (mainly because I was running out of Brasso). Both products yielded very nice results with the latter requiring a little less elbow grease. As can be seen from the varying responses, there's an array of products that will work very well on catalin.

Craig R


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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Warm soapy water and a dish scrubber green side.
Then wet sand Novus 3-2-1 if you have it. Otherwise just use something you have like the things recommended above.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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ncwalz wrote:
Chaz:

I think that Addison radio cabinet is catalin; both butterscotch trim and maroon body. I have the same radio model and color.

Addison did make a noncatalin version which I also had; it was made some type of Plaskon-like material which was thinner in thickness than the catalin ones.


That Addison 2A is definitely a catalin. There are plaskon versions of that radio, but this isn't one of them. IIRC the two versions differ in whether or not they have screw holes in the back, but I could be wrong.

Bob

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 Post subject: Re: Getting my first Catalin soon... what to use to polish i
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No one has said it (less I missed it !) but true Catalin is homogeneous so you can actually use various grades of wet and dry, used wet, to take out shallow scratches. Of course use it on a sanding block and do the whole surface to avoid any depressions. Finish off with the 'thousands' and then move on to any of the polishes recommended above.

BTW many Catalin collectors prefer the colour changed cabinets due to UV. It will go back that way unless you leave it in the dark.

Here's one that I did including quite intensive wet sanding

Gary


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