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 Post subject: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Sun 27, 2019 2:37 am 
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I am thinking do tube testers and maybe Zenith transoceanic radios with the leather covered wood cases. Is there any product that I can apply to the leather to prolong its life and improve its looks?


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Sun 27, 2019 3:35 am 
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I have used a product called Doc Bailey's leather black. Leather treatment and black leather dye all in one. Apply, let sit the prescribed time and buff with a cloth I have used it on the leather on my Harley, on boots, on holsters, on my transoceanic, and on early 1920's RCA horn speakers with the hard rubber horns. Worked very well on all.


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Sun 27, 2019 3:55 pm 
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Are you talking real leather or leatherette or some other simulated product? Because the treatment might be different. Maybe something from the automotive store if it is really leather. As they use leather as a covering in cars for steering wheels, seats, etc. and could have something that be ideal for cleaning and then preserving leather in that instance, instead of something you would use on leather shoes or holsters or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Sun 27, 2019 8:14 pm 
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I've used black shoe polish. Works quite well.

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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Mon 28, 2019 2:41 am 
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I don’t know if it is real leather or something else. Does anyone know what is on the Zenith transoceanic?


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Mon 28, 2019 3:33 am 
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Don't know either but I used the polish on my TO. Looks good

Keith


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Mon 28, 2019 11:54 pm 
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If you're talking about the brown leather covered cases--two products from Chemical Guys. They make products for car detailers.

They make a cleaner and conditioner that will remove years of grime. Example. I applied the cleaner to a fairly dark red Raytheon 8TP1. By the time I was done, it was back to its bright lipstick red finish.

The conditioner will nourish dry leather and restore its luster.

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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Tue 29, 2019 2:33 am 
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battery-maker wrote:
If you're talking about the brown leather covered cases--two products from Chemical Guys. They make products for car detailers.

They make a cleaner and conditioner that will remove years of grime. Example. I applied the cleaner to a fairly dark red Raytheon 8TP1. By the time I was done, it was back to its bright lipstick red finish.

The conditioner will nourish dry leather and restore its luster.

Bill


Do you know the name of this product?


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Jan Tue 29, 2019 6:27 pm 
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J. Hill wrote:

Do you know the name of this product?


https://www.chemicalguys.com/Leather_Care_Kit_16_oz_2_Pack_p/spi_109_16.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Feb Mon 04, 2019 3:32 am 
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Aren't the Zenith Transoceanics covered in a Tolex material?


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Feb Tue 05, 2019 4:40 pm 
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EX COT wrote:
Aren't the Zenith Transoceanics covered in a Tolex material?



There was a line of the 600 series that were decked out in brown-tan leather. And they are gorgeous when cleaned up.


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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Feb Fri 15, 2019 6:33 am 
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Zenith called the covering on the black Trans-Oceanics "Black Stag." It is neither leather nor Tolex, although Tolex is commonly used to recover a black TO. I clean the Black Stag with leather cleaners, then use Kiwi Scuff-Kote over scrapes and abrasions. Then I polish and buff with black shoe polish.

The brown covering on the 600L Trans-Oceanics is genuine leather, so you can use products designed to clean and treat leather to restore the leather. I have used brown Kiwi Scuff-Kote over scrapes and bare spots, but it is not a good match and the results aren't as good as the Black Stag restorations.

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 Post subject: Re: Treating leather covered cases
PostPosted: Feb Fri 15, 2019 11:44 pm 
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I have a leather TO which is stamped on the back inside A600L and it looks almost like it is a synthetic covering. I just rechecked and on the left side of the the case, by the plastic dial face is stamper "Genuine top grade cowhide". I don't know what the difference is between a 600L and a A600L, but I guess all are leather. I tried the Leather Cleaner And Restorer at first and it didn't do much, so I cleaned it with GoJo which worked very good. I also tried the Kiwi stuff that Ed talked about and found it to be a waste of money.
So to answer your question. I can't see where it would hurt and I think I will go over mine again.

Freeman


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