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 Post subject: Zenith 12s267 project
PostPosted: Jan Wed 22, 2020 1:37 pm 
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I bought this set for 250 dollars.
It will need a lot of restoration, veneer work.
Should I replace the whole side veneer or do you think patch work and blending will work?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186558893@N05/?


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s267 project
PostPosted: Jan Wed 22, 2020 4:09 pm 
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Nice radio I am considering a Zenith 12S568 for $235 in Dearborn, MI. Light scratches and stain on top. Pictures below.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s267 project
PostPosted: Jan Wed 22, 2020 4:21 pm 
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Csjknavs wrote:
I bought this set for 250 dollars.
It will need a lot of restoration, veneer work.
Should I replace the whole side veneer or do you think patch work and blending will work?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186558893@N05/?



Nice Zenith.... I had similar issues on the side rear edge on my Zenith Walton. That radio looks to be in very presentable condition.
I would attempt to bring back the original finish, and I would personally opt to try to patch the missing veneer. If you haven't
done so in the past, I'd practice on a junker cabinet to get some experience. It should be fairly easy to match the stain and lacquer
the patched area. You cannot tell where I patched my cabinet. But, I have had experience rebuilding totally delaminated and
destroyed cabinets in the past...

You can always go full bore, but I would seriously suggest repairing that cabinet without going to extreme measures.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s267 project
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 7:02 pm 
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The set in the Flickr link in the first post with the large missing patch of veneer if the grain runs vertical it would probably be best to score a line through the veneer just past the damage with a straight edge and an exacto knife and wet/steam the damaged strip off then add a new strip in... factory cabinets sometimes to save costs would use w pieces of veneer on a side that should have had one when the had a smaller sheets if the grain and color match is decent you won't notice or it will look like factory.

The set in the second post looks like it only has a dime or smaller missing patch...if you have a junk cabinet with similar grain and color a good eye and a sharp exacto knife you can square off the missing area, cut a patch out of a donor cabinet, whittle it to fit, glue it in and it could be invisible.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s267 project
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 7:53 pm 
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You may be lucky and get rid of the top dark stains--if they're not burns-- with a liberal application of
whiting compound and water mixture. Let dry for 24 hours and see if they scrape away!
Good luck whatever you do. Nice radio. :P


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s267 project
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 6:36 am 
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A 12 tube radio is a serious performer when restored.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s267 project
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 3:03 pm 
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[quote="Csjknavs"]I bought this set for 250 dollars.
It will need a lot of restoration, veneer work.
Should I replace the whole side veneer or do you think patch work and blending will work?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186558893@N05/?[/quote . That's not a radio you want to practice on. You could patch that area and do some toning to help hide the repair , I never did like to patch in veneer , I was never happy with outcome you could always see the repair. I myself just might put down a new sheet of veneer, I have replaced veneer many times with great success and that in it self takes a lot of practice. Don't practice on that radio. As far as refinishing goes don't practice on that radio, if you can afford it get a pro to do the work, that's a valuable radio and if restored correctly can bring premium $.


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