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 Post subject: Pilot 590 Tuner/Preamp - Cleaning Front Panel
PostPosted: Oct Sat 26, 2019 3:07 pm 
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I'm not sure if this question belongs in this forum or cabinet restoration.

Recently picked up a Pilot 590 tuner/preamp and need to clean the front panel. In the past I would leave front panels alone for fear of making things worse or removing type face.

The front panel is gold colored (front and back).

The unit was removed from a console where it was basically facing up which gave dirt the chance to collect. As usual, most of the dirt is around the controls most often used like the volume, input, etc. Also, there are sections at toward the bottom where the gold has completely worn off (rust?) and I know there is probably nothing I can do about correcting that.

Any suggestions on cleaning would be gratefully received.

Attached are some photographs.

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Pilot 590 Tuner/Preamp - Cleaning Front Panel
PostPosted: Oct Sat 26, 2019 10:16 pm 
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For What It's Worth, I start gently. I try Windex carefully and often, that will remove the dirt. The biggest problem is silkscreen disappearing if you use something too harsh.

Formula 409 or Fantastik is my second choice. But I caution you, do not try to clean the backside of the dial glass. Almost any "chemical" will remove any and all of the dial glass numbers. I only made that mistake one time... decades ago. I think that they may have used the same ink as they use on tubes!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Pilot 590 Tuner/Preamp - Cleaning Front Panel
PostPosted: Oct Sun 27, 2019 2:31 pm 
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I have, but rarely run across a water soluble silkscreen faceplate. If you really want to clean the inside glass panel, try some Windex on a Q-Tip and find the least conspicuous lettering in the face that you can afford to 'lose'. Sometimes the face has the part number in a non-visible spot....apply some to that and see what happens.l


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 Post subject: Re: Pilot 590 Tuner/Preamp - Cleaning Front Panel
PostPosted: Oct Sun 27, 2019 4:40 pm 
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I don't use Windex on metal face plates or glass with lettering. Only clear, unlettered glass. For faceplates, I start with a soft old t-shirt that has been dampened with water and a tiny spot of Dawn. Find an obscure place to gently wipe and see what happens. Sometimes the part number will be silkscreened on an edge. Start there.

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