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 Post subject: Zenith Transoceanic covering
PostPosted: Apr Tue 02, 2019 4:58 pm 
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I am restoring a Zenith Transoceanic Y600. The chassis is up and running and I am preparing the case. I have "polished" the covering with black shoe polish and it looks pretty good. The thought occurred that maybe a coating of black textured paint could really make it "pop". I've even looked into truck bed coating. My questions: has anyone tried spray painting the vinyl covering on a transoceanic and how did it turn out? Your recommendations and advice will be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Transoceanic covering
PostPosted: Apr Tue 02, 2019 10:47 pm 
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Your best bet would be to recover in Tolex. I don't think rhinoliner would look all that hot.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Transoceanic covering
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Use vinyl fabric paint: https://duplicolor.com/product/vinyl-and-fabric-coating


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Transoceanic covering
PostPosted: Apr Thu 04, 2019 10:15 pm 
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It all depends on how hard of a life your TO has had. I think a few pictures of what you have would help us answer your question. I have G500 and H500 that looks almost new. There is no flaking and the pattern shows clearly. Those just received a light go over of KIWI Black Leather Dye. NO black shoe polish. The dye seems to soak in better and doesn't leave a film that you can feel weeks later. I also have two 600's that don't look that great. On one you can see some pattern, but most of that is flaking and the other is worse. Rub your hand over it and flakes come off. I've decided to recover them with the Tolex Black Elephant pattern because that looks the closest to original. I just started the worst one a couple of days ago. 36" piece will cover 1 cabinet and there is a lot of good documentation out there on how to do it. I wouldn't even think about Truck Bead Liner spray. I never thought about Alan's idea and it just may turn out better than the black dye trick. For just a few bucks you can mask around the bottom and see how it turns out.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Transoceanic covering
PostPosted: Apr Sun 07, 2019 1:41 am 
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Where do you get the Tolex?


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Transoceanic covering
PostPosted: Apr Sun 07, 2019 2:32 pm 
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Here is a source or Tolex: https://www.amplifiedparts.com

I have not purchased from them and I don't know their reputation.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Transoceanic covering
PostPosted: Apr Sun 07, 2019 2:44 pm 
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Here are a couple of pictures of my Zenith TO Y600.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Transoceanic covering
PostPosted: Apr Sun 07, 2019 3:48 pm 
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I get my Tolex from Parts Express. It cost a little more, but I found the weight works out better than the cheaper ones. Especially around the rounded edges. Your radio doesn't look bad at all with what you have done. The pictures aren't real clear, but I would be very happy with it just the way it is now. Definitely not a recover candidate. I just got a L600 and the cabinet looks just like yours. Two corners have some fabric rubbed off. The rest is good so it will just get a cleaning and a go over with the black dye. A TO that has been recovered does look beautiful. Just like the day it was brought home, but when you just cleaned up a radio like yours and mine when I finish. They look original and classy. Like a beautiful 60 year old lady. Just my speed. They can't run to fast.

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