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 Post subject: Help Needed With Westinghouse "Refrigerator" Dial
PostPosted: Feb Tue 26, 2019 5:50 am 
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I am in the process of restoring a couple of these radios, and the dials have curled badly. Are reproductions available? Or does anyone have a method that they have used to flatten them? I have one that is good enough to scan and then print out if i can find suitable material to go through my printer. I would appreciate any ideas.
Here's what I'm dealing with:


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed With Westinghouse "Refrigerator" Dial
PostPosted: Feb Tue 26, 2019 6:19 am 
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Yes, Radio Daze makes repros of that dial in both colors, brown and green. They aren't cheap but that's the only source for them.

http://www.radiodaze.com/dials-plastic-or-phenolic-42/

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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed With Westinghouse "Refrigerator" Dial
PostPosted: Feb Tue 26, 2019 5:01 pm 
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Dennis, I appreciate your help. Thanks.

Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed With Westinghouse "Refrigerator" Dial
PostPosted: Feb Tue 26, 2019 9:53 pm 
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Jim, maybe try heating it up and flattening it back with a heat gun or hair dryer set on low. I have used a hairdryer to bend back a warped Philco 70 dial. Once you have it flattened, make sure you put something heavy on top of it until it cools, as it will most likely try to warp back. If this doesn't work, you can just buy one from Radio Daze, as Dennis suggested.

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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed With Westinghouse "Refrigerator" Dial
PostPosted: Feb Wed 27, 2019 5:56 am 
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Put it in-between two pieces of glass and set it in direct sunlight to warm it. Once it's flat, move it out of the sun and let it cool before taking it from between the glass sheets.


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