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 Post subject: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Tue 21, 2020 8:04 pm 
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Hi

I have this nice zenith that has some little scratches and a slight water stain on top. What is the best way to just clean it up without spraying Lacquer on it etc...


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Tue 21, 2020 8:10 pm 
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Clean with non-pumis GOJO hand cleaner and follow with Howard’s Resto-o-Finish... personally though that is a very nice high end Zenith and deserves a cabinet refinish at some point...


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Tue 21, 2020 8:31 pm 
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It's to good of a radio and I don't want to screw up the radio trying to out a better finish on it. Maybe down the road I will have someone do it for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Tue 21, 2020 8:33 pm 
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Which Color do you think?


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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Neutral, since that is what is there now!

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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I heard GO-JO is good, but use a furniture cleaner (not dual purpose clean & wax). I use Howards Restore-A-Finish and follow up with Howards Feed-N-Wax. Some state the Howards Restore slightly melts the finish fixing hairline cracks too.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 4:36 pm 
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I too have a Zenith radio that I am currently restoring. After reading the post, as Ktewell mentioned about scratches, what is recommended to remove these without severely scratching the original wood before before any kind of finish would be applied?

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 7:59 pm 
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Try using the 3 in 1 "miracle" mixture. 1/3 turpentine, 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 vinegar. Amazing!


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 8:37 pm 
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Radioman206 wrote:
I too have a Zenith radio that I am currently restoring. After reading the post, as Ktewell mentioned about scratches, what is recommended to remove these without severely scratching the original wood before before any kind of finish would be applied?

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Howard Restore-A-Finish is excellent with removing scratches. Only issue is the color array of stains Howard provides match your radio?


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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Art....You just wipe that on with a rag????

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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Yes. I can supply a "before" and "after" picture to show how it worked for me on a Zenith Super VII cabinet if you'd like to see it.

You MIGHT not need to apply new finish.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 12:04 am 
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I would love to see it

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 3:16 am 
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Here is a radio I restored using Howards products. Like your radio it had scratches. It is simply waxed, no lacquer.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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Very nice! What about deep scratches? Any sanding required? Would this hurt the existing original wood grain? I have a few deep scratches that don't require any filler, but would need some sort of delicate sanding.

Any suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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Radioman206 wrote:
Very nice! What about deep scratches? Any sanding required? Would this hurt the existing original wood grain? I have a few deep scratches that don't require any filler, but would need some sort of delicate sanding.

Any suggestions?

The Howard restore should cover up deep scratches as it is like a stain, but may not provide a shine on those deep scratches. The Howard Feed & Wax would shine up the deep scratches. Not perfect, but better than what you have now.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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jimbenedict wrote:
Radioman206 wrote:
Very nice! What about deep scratches? Any sanding required? Would this hurt the existing original wood grain? I have a few deep scratches that don't require any filler, but would need some sort of delicate sanding.

Any suggestions?

The Howard restore should cover up deep scratches as it is like a stain, but may not provide a shine on those deep scratches. The Howard Feed & Wax would shine up the deep scratches. Not perfect, but better than what you have now.

After a certain point of deep you can hide but not get rid of scratches by Howards...when it hits that point either live with it or (sand and) refinish it.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 8:10 pm 
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Art Hoch wrote:
Try using the 3 in 1 "miracle" mixture. 1/3 turpentine, 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 vinegar. Amazing!
I've tried the homemade version many years ago and also the pre-made version called Kramer's Best Antique Improver. Supposedly real turpentine is now hard to find and Kramer imports his from somewhere. Personally I wasn't too impressed with it but some folks love it so I guess it's a YMMV kind of thing.

I've refined my steps to what many others have suggested:
1. Clean with "white" Goop or Go-Jo hand cleaner (do not buy in orange container!)
2. Apply Howard's Restore-A-Finish or Old English if needed.
3. Apply Howard's Feed-N-Wax. Sometimes I'll substitute a car wax, Johnson's or Min-Wax paste wax, or walnut colored Bri-Wax, but I do really like Feed-N-Wax.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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ktewell wrote:
I would love to see it

Here you go.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to clean a cabinet
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Evidently, you are in Cincinnati OH.
Contact CARS (Cincinnati Antique Radio Society). http://www.cincinnati-antique-radio.org/Home_Page.php.
You will find others with your interest in radio and experience to share with you.
This antique radio club has meetings and a annual radio swap meet in June (Radiorama).

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