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 Post subject: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Sun 05, 2020 12:34 am 
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The cabinet after Citristrip..sanding and carbide scraping. Going to try Fred Taylor's sequence of grain filling with Timbermate..wiping stain and toner for color...then seal...then clear coat. Mohawk products.

The cabinet and chassis were both in rough shape so I figured I can't possibly make it any worse. :-)

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Sun 05, 2020 3:57 pm 
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It looks great so far. Just follow your plan and it will turn out very nice. This old thread is pretty helpful if you haven't seen it already.

https://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewto ... 7&t=220363

Be sure to post more pictures. I would like to see your result.

Dwayne

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Mon 06, 2020 2:49 am 
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I applied Timbermate Walnut grain filler and working on sanding it smooth now. To clean off any remaining dust etc should I just blow it off with compressed air? Is it safe to wipe it down with lacquer thinner or water? Or will the lacquer thinner or water remove the grain filler from the pores?

Tack cloth?


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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Mon 06, 2020 12:51 pm 
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Don't wipe any water on the wood, it will raise the grain.

Tack cloth is good. Mineral spirits is good.

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Mon 06, 2020 8:02 pm 
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I usually wipe it off with a clean cloth first, then blow it off well, and finally use a tack cloth before spraying the finish on. I still get a few nibs but it helps.

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Tue 07, 2020 12:37 am 
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Thank you for the help. I do appreciate it. I was surprised how well a dry microfiber cloth works. I will use my air compressor and tack cloth.
Still working on getting the nooks and crannies sanded. Made a replacement grill cloth holder today from artist matte board.


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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Thu 09, 2020 3:03 am 
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After applying Timbermate and initial sanding.

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Going to spray some Zenith Blue (Krylon Satin Midnight Blue) on the bottom and inside. Should I save the bottom stenciling? Just mask over it?
Best way to preserve it?

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Jul Thu 09, 2020 9:43 am 
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This talk of blowing off with compressed air gives me the willies! My whole aim is to keep the 'shop' as free from unsettled dust as possible. Tack rags, better than micro-fibre I think, do a good job. Even take dust from grain if it isnt quite filled. Most of my prep is outside so any created dust doesnt matter there.

Sometimes use a Vac (long hose) but the machine is outside a partly closed door so the air exit is outside. After any clean up I wait a few days and dont go in to let any dust settle. When ready I have the can all shook up and wearing dust free clothes creep in (later out) with the spray mask on. Door is only open for entry and exit. It all helps and its surprising how few dust nibs have to be dealt with later.

Oh! dont lose the bottom stencilling. If it was me I wouldn't spray it but just wipe over it with black spirit based stain. Go heavy on the wounds and very light around the lettering. Doing it this way, with a lint free cloth, you have a lot of control.

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Sep Wed 23, 2020 2:51 am 
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I ended up using a lint-free shop towel and a tack cloth to remove the dust from sanding. Thank you to Fred Taylor for sharing his methods on this forum! I used Minwax Gel stain for the main veneer top and front..Mahogany. I used Mohawk Extra Dark Walnut Toner for the trim but had to add some Mohawk Black marker to touch up some spots. Also used Mohawk sanding sealer and clear lacquer in satin.
The grill area is the black toner marker. Midnight Blue to try and match Zenith Blue on the inside/back/bottom.

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Sep Wed 23, 2020 8:34 am 
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Looks very good, you can be pleased with that.

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Sep Fri 25, 2020 3:32 am 
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Chassis reinstalled.

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Sep Fri 25, 2020 4:04 am 
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Looks great... I just finished my first wood cabinet. Still lots to learn but fun to get an old cabinet looking good. Yours looks fantastic.

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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Sep Fri 25, 2020 4:50 am 
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Thanks John! Some trial and error and touchups along the way. The recommendations on this forum have been great!
I really appreciate folks like Fred Taylor sharing their expertise.


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 Post subject: Re: First Refinish Attempt Zenith 6R631
PostPosted: Sep Fri 25, 2020 6:47 pm 
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Beautiful result, Don!

Gary, relax I dont blow the cabinets off in the same shop that I spray the lacquer. :D

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