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 Post subject: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Sun 09, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Radio was sent to me already stripped which helped me a lot, I will still need to finalize the stripping because of some small areas where still needing some attention, I will grain fill the large flat areas and stain and tone to a proper color and seal and clear as usual .


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File comment: Grain filler I use is called Timbermate. Very forgiving and easy to use, dries very fast so you can sand it sooner.
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Sun 16, 2018 4:15 am 
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This zenith cabinet took quite a bit of prep work before I could start getting some color on it and finishing up with final clear coats. With all the fancy carvings, moldings, six short legs it was time consuming . I love the design of this 411, also the toning I've done on the cabinet sure makes the style more eye appealing (IMHO). Cabinet was very solid and having no veneer problems to speak of, I would love to have one of these in my collection but don't have the space. The owner of this fine Zenith belongs to Big Joe the (Zenithman), we all know him from this forum. Joe has used me to refinish many of his radios. Joe sure likes my work, Joe has driven from Tennessee to Dallas twice now to drop off and pick up radios that I have refinished for him. Joe loves his radios and wants only the best in refinishing for his antique radio's . Zeniths modo was ( Quality goes in Before the name goes on) Mine is for (Expert in Excellence ). I enjoy refinishing these radios and enjoy watching the owners fall back in love with there treasures.


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File comment: All stripped and cleaned with lacquer thinner, no old finish is left, just bare wood.
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File comment: Doors are stained and sealed, 4 way book matched walnut and birdseye maple.
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File comment: Doing some toning
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File comment: Stain and toning is done here and sealer is now sprayed on.
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File comment: Cabinet is finished here , 3 coats of Mohawk buff coat lacquer clear over 3 coats of Mohawk EZ vinyl sealer.
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Sun 16, 2018 10:18 am 
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Beautiful Fred :)

Whats with the vinyl sealer?

Thanks Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Sun 16, 2018 2:22 pm 
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Radio Fixer wrote:
Beautiful Fred :)

Whats with the vinyl sealer?

Thanks Gary

Gary the EZ vinyl sealer by Mohawk is a non sanding sealer that is lacquer base and does not require sanding although you can sand if need be, it fills wood pores very nice . Very durable sealer that can be top coated with Lacquer top coats, EZ gives your lacquer top coats a very nice platform to rest on for a smooth finish. I choose to use Mohawks buffcoat lacquer top coat because it dries to a semi satin Finnish that looks great, not to shinny or not to dull.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Sun 16, 2018 3:06 pm 
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Interesting. You guys are spoilt, its hard to get Mohawk products here beyond the basics. This for me means lacquer cans and if I'm lucky some toners. This means Extra Dark Walnut and I did buy some Black but had to order 6 cans :D . I shall never use it all.

thanks Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Sun 16, 2018 7:12 pm 
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There must be a place there in London area that's sells refinishing products for furniture that's as good as Mohawk. Ask the furniture restorers in your area.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Mon 17, 2018 3:43 am 
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Nice!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 411 refinish
PostPosted: Dec Mon 17, 2018 9:33 am 
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I tried the Brit products years ago but none were as good as Mohawk. Of course I'm using cans and a gun would be a different matter. Should have bought one when I first started but I didn't expect to get so involved. Winding down now so too late.

thanks Gary


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