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 Post subject: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 3:15 am 
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My son and I each have one of these G503 portable radios to be repaired.

His was probably stored in someone's damp basement for many years and so the cabinet really stinks.
So far we have aired it in the garage, used sprays and dryer sheets but nothing has worked.

Does anyone know how to rid the cabinet of that stink?

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 3:53 am 
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I recently redid a steamer trunk that smelled horribly of mildew from water damage. I cleaned it inside and out with a solution of white vinegar and water, two three times until the smell was much better. Then I rolled on two sealer coats of satin water-based polyurethane. Smell was completely gone when done.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 4:25 am 
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"OdoBan" can work wonders in eliminating odors. https://www.odoban.com/ If necessary apply some and seal the radio into a plastic bag for several days.

Maybe not helpful during the winter season right now in northern Minnesota, but summer will eventually come: Warm fresh air and bright sunshine can also work wonders. Setting a radio on a porch railing or steps, exposed to a warm breeze and sunshine, bringing it in at night and repeating the process for several days if necessary can alone cure many bad odors.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 6:10 am 
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Seal it in a large plastic bag with activated charcoal. That will adsorb the order. You can reuse the charcoal by placing it in direct sun to revitalize it once its effectiveness starts to fade/


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 6:29 am 
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Alan Voorhees wrote:
Seal it in a large plastic bag with activated charcoal...

Alan,
When you say "activated charcoal", exactly what do you mean? Is this readily available as a consumer product? And if so, where can it be found?

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 4:09 pm 
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Thanks everyone for your ideas for odor removal.

We think that the charcoal in a sealed plastic bag with that cabinet will work, that's what we'll try.

I should have thought of that because I have used charcoal set inside an old car to remove that old mouse odor. After leaving it in the car for several months, the odor was mostly gone.

G.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Thu 07, 2019 5:08 pm 
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charcoal briquets work


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Fri 08, 2019 1:19 am 
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Art Hoch wrote:
charcoal briquets work



DANG IT... Beat me to it...


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith G503 Tolex Cabinet Stinks
PostPosted: Feb Thu 14, 2019 1:28 am 
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Poston Drake wrote:
Alan Voorhees wrote:
Seal it in a large plastic bag with activated charcoal...

Alan,
When you say "activated charcoal", exactly what do you mean? Is this readily available as a consumer product? And if so, where can it be found?


Like everything else, Amazon...

https://www.amazon.com/AQUAPAPA-Activat ... 981&sr=8-2

I don't know if charcoal briquets will work, never tried it. But they aren't the same thing, exactly.

https://www.doityourself.com/stry/charc ... d-charcoal


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