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 Post subject: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after cleaning!
PostPosted: Jul Wed 25, 2012 12:32 am 
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Just got done doing a quick cleaning job on my newest radio
God I wish all my bakelite radios came out this good
Before and After Pictures
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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
PostPosted: Jul Wed 25, 2012 12:55 am 
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Great job, Rock. Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
PostPosted: Jul Wed 25, 2012 1:27 am 
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Looks great! What did you use to clean and polish it?

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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
PostPosted: Jul Wed 25, 2012 3:05 am 
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SO, what did you use to do it?
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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
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DITTO!!!!!!!
What a beautiful job!

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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
PostPosted: Jul Wed 25, 2012 6:49 am 
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Simple, I clean all the dirt and dust of with windex, then a little smooth gojo to take off any nasty dirt, old tobacco stains, then I move onto Novus 2, then with Plastic X, then finish up with Novus 1.
It also helps when you have a nice radio to begin with.!

Ok, now you all know my secret, Not Really, but the combination off all those make it shine!!!

MOST IMPORTANT PART!!!
I use the blue shop paper towels, they are very soft and smooth

And Lots and Lots of Elbow Grease!!

Try it, then post your radio

Rock

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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
PostPosted: Jul Wed 25, 2012 4:27 pm 
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Very nice job in polishing!
Some of the others can cihime in, but I heard that Windex contains ammonia and should be avoided in cleaning bakelite.. The residue pulled off the cabinet is thought to be from nicotime, but is really part of the bakelite oxidation coming off.

I remember a post talking about ammoinia and bakelite
http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/vie ... hp?t=87859

I don't use it, only a mild dish soap like Palmolive to clean the dirt and 'human' crud and oils from a cabinet before polishing.

In any case, you made out on your latest haul of radios.
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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
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It certainly does! Great job irregardless.


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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
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Very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: This is the way a Bakelite Radio should like after clean
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I have always used a mild soap to clean the crud off and then brasso. On this particular radio I am posting I used go jo and then brasso and finished up with a wax called renissance..
It does make a difference if you have a nice radio to work on.
This one is an RCA ''master''

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