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 Post subject: Moldy smell in radio
PostPosted: Jun Mon 24, 2019 8:22 pm 
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I have a radio I am working on that has been stored for two months. When I opened it up it has a moldy smell. It is a Zenith R 520 portable. Is there something I can put in it or on it to keep the smell away. It is stored in the garage but this is southern Calif and I am in a dry area. I do not want to add something inside that would corrode the inner works. Thanks Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
PostPosted: Jun Mon 24, 2019 8:39 pm 
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Get a box of Baking Soda, pour it into a dish, and place both that and the radio in a large plastic bag, seal it, and leave it for a few days.

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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
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Thanks Greg I will get some white vinegar and pickle the inside of the radio. I need to pull the chassis to check out a resister for a dating also. Tom


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Fresh air and sunshine for about three days

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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
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I just went thru this with an EH Scott Philharmonic that had nasty mold on the wires and smelled really bad. I left it out in the sun for several days, then cleaned the wires down and it is not bad at all now. Fresh air and sunshine.


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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
PostPosted: Jun Tue 25, 2019 3:01 am 
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It is on its first day of sunshine and will progress to either the baking soda or the vinegar treatment This might be it first sunshine it has seen in many years. I need to take the chassis out any way so it will get the vinegar treatment, I will leave no stone unturned. After its royal spa and beauty treatment I may create a R-520 throne to reign from. All my other TOs will have to pledge allegiance. I am still looking for accessories for it. I got the original manual reproduced to fit into the pocket. It is spiraled bound instead of glued together. I am extremely happy with the manual. I may have the plate that the four power plugs fit on that is screwed into the top above the chassis. I will have a hard time finding any of the power adapters or battery connectors though. I have a few years to find them. Maybe at a radio swap meet they will show up. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
PostPosted: Jun Tue 25, 2019 3:49 am 
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I will have a hard time finding any of the power adapters or battery connectors though.

Find a scan of them, and post a WTB in the classifieds here.

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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
PostPosted: Jun Tue 25, 2019 6:12 am 
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fifties wrote:
tomb123 wrote:
I will have a hard time finding any of the power adapters or battery connectors though.

Find a scan of them, and post a WTB in the classifieds here.

Thanks I will find one I can post. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
PostPosted: Jun Tue 25, 2019 1:01 pm 
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Make sure any plastic like dials, etc. are covered or protected from the sun. Hot sun can warp old plastic.

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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
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Will vinegar penetrate through the covering and kill the spores living in the glue? I've got a Scott 800 in a custom parchment (not paper, but real parchment as in leather skin) cabinet that stinks terribly.


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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
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Put dead Bluefish in cabinet and leave out in the sun for a few days and check for smells. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
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Hello Tomb,
I am having the same issue with a Philco Beam of light record player musty and moldy smell mine is covered in black Tolex.

I had sitting outside for couple days now during the sunny hot days I may have to take the set apart clean inside .

Sincerely Rich


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 Post subject: Re: Moldy smell in radio
PostPosted: Jul Sun 14, 2019 6:27 pm 
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hoffies2 wrote:
Put dead Bluefish in cabinet and leave out in the sun for a few days and check for smells. :)

ROTFLMAO!! :D

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