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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 22, 2018 8:50 pm 
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Thanks. It took a while. I'd say here that's it's for sale, but then my post would be moved.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 22, 2018 10:01 pm 
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I was going to say something, but I'm kinda lost for the correct words. If I could make a radio look like that, it would never leave the house. It would be my show piece.

Take a bow.
Freeman

Wish I could spell. Even Google doesn't know what I'm trying to say.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 22, 2018 10:22 pm 
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Freeman wrote:
I was going to say something, but I'm kinda lost for the correct words. If I could make a radio look like that, it would never leave the house. It would be my show piece.

Take a bow.
Freeman

Wish I could spell. Even Google doesn't know what I'm trying to say.

Thank you, Freeman. People usually pick out the errors. It's nice to hear something positive. Here's a Zenith chairside I just finished restoring.
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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Tue 23, 2018 5:47 am 
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So what process and items do you use to get that kind of mirror shine?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Tue 23, 2018 10:55 am 
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fifties wrote:
So what process and items do you use to get that kind of mirror shine?

The first process is mental. You need to be retired and have lots of patience. The rest is easy:

1. Apply Citristrip and let it set for an hour or so.
2. Using a plastic scraper, remove Citristrip. Go over all corners and edges with a small stiff brush and pointer to remove any remaining Citristrip, using lacquer thinner. Also use lacquer thinner to remove any remaining Citristrip.
3. Sand with 220 grit on a random orbital sander and by hand.
4. Apply Timberlake wood filler.
5. Resand with 220 grit.
6. Apply toner/stain. I use Mohawk toners and Minwax stains.
7. Apply 10 coats of nitro-cellulose gloss lacquer (I use Lenmar)
8. Allow lacquer at least 2 weeks to cure.
9. Wet sand with 400, then 800, then 1200 grit sandpaper. Be very careful on the edges, because even though you have 10 coats of lacquer, it's still easy to sand through.
10. Machine apply (I use Griot's Garage small buffer with foam pads) automotive rubbing compound.
11. Machine apply automotive polishing compound.
12. Machine apply automotive swirl remover.
13. Look at your reflection in the radio and smile.

That's all there is to it!

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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Tue 23, 2018 5:21 pm 
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7. Apply 10 coats of nitro-cellulose gloss lacquer (I use Lenmar)

How do you apply it, spraying or brushing, and how long does each coat take to cure?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Tue 23, 2018 5:35 pm 
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fifties wrote:
Restorationnut wrote:
7. Apply 10 coats of nitro-cellulose gloss lacquer (I use Lenmar)

How do you apply it, spraying or brushing, and how long does each coat take to cure?


That's the thing that took me awhile to figure out. I spray using an HVLP at about 10 psi. I mix the lacquer about 60/40 with thinner, and about 1 oz. of retarder per quart if the humidity is over 60%,which it usually is here in Florida. The temperature is usually over 80, so I give it about 10-15 minutes between coats (previous coat should not leave a finger print when you touch it). When I was in California, and the temp was between 40-60, I'd give it 30 min. between coats, with no retarder.

That's the great thing about lacquer. It's very forgiving because one coat "melts" into the previous coat. No need to sand between coats.

Then give it a couple of weeks before sanding.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Thu 25, 2018 7:25 pm 
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Wow, I even forgot I made this post! I don't even have the radio I needed the back for any more! :D


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