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 Post subject: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Sun 12, 2020 3:46 am 
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I have a Detrola-built Truetone table radio, the dial of which is quite faded as evidenced by better color where it was covered by the case. The frequencies are quite readable, but the bands were colored red, yellow and blue. I was wondering if I could use something like a sharpie to restore the color from the back (dial is backlit). Anybody have any experience with this, or if you have an alternative, I'd appreciate hearing it.


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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Sun 12, 2020 1:53 pm 
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Hi try Radio Daze, https://www.radiodaze.com/detrola/
Dave if the dial is back lit the only way that I know is using a silk screen mask that will place an even coat of color. if you try to paint or a marker chances are that you will see every brush stroke.
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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Mon 13, 2020 2:47 am 
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If you want to try something like this, I would test it first on some scrap plastic to see how it works out. I suspect you would have trouble getting the color even enough.

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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Mon 13, 2020 9:08 am 
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Craft stores carry "stained glass" paint, although I've never used it so can't vouch for how easy or even application is.


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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Mon 13, 2020 9:45 am 
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I have used stained glass paints and they don't go on particularly even. Going to try again and thin more this time.

The ones that are baked at 160 C are better I think.

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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Mon 13, 2020 3:22 pm 
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If you could create a computer file with just the coloured areas, you might then print that out and sandwich it behind current dial.


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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Wed 15, 2020 1:44 am 
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I was afraid of the even color problem. Everything's still readable, but unless I can interest Radio Daze in reproducing my dial, I'll have to live with what I've got, I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Wed 15, 2020 9:07 am 
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Often better to leave the original dial as is. Hard to go back if you mess with it … Unless you have refinished the cabinet to toffee apple shine then the old can look well enough and add to the charm.

Radio Daze will certainly do you a new one if you are prepared to wait and pay the price. They do a great job.

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 Post subject: Re: recoloring faded dial
PostPosted: Jan Fri 17, 2020 9:12 am 
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Radio Daze or SOL.


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