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 Post subject: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 1:07 am 
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Looking find a way to bring plastic dial faces back to there clear original look.


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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 3:23 am 
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Are you talking about the dial covers that go over the dial face? If so, I highly recommend Mark Palmquist at https://dialcover.com/

He does great work. I just had a dial cover for my Rogers radio made, and you can't tell the difference other than it looks like new.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 8:52 am 
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Yes I am talking about the outside face that is plastic that always turns yellow and you can not see through it but is there a way to bring it back to life?


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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 10:49 am 
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spsquires wrote:
Yes I am talking about the outside face that is plastic that always turns yellow and you can not see through it but is there a way to bring it back to life?
No.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 7:42 pm 
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Too some extent, soak in bleach or try headlight scratch remover by McGuires sold in auto parts store. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Fri 12, 2019 10:24 pm 
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As hoffies said, sometimes bleach works. Followed by polishing with any number of products. I've used rubbing compounds, Novus products, Brasso, etc. Finish with some wax or resin glaze. Different plastics respond differently. Sometimes a slightly yellowed cover gives the dial some warmth when lit up.


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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Fri 12, 2019 10:38 pm 
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spsquires wrote:
..... back to there clear original look.

NO!!

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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Sun 14, 2019 9:57 pm 
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In my experience, yellowed plastic dials are yellowed throughout, not just on the surface.

Having said that, it wouldn't hurt to try what others suggested.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial face repair
PostPosted: Apr Sun 14, 2019 10:24 pm 
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I agree it really can not hurt.


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