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How to repair this faceplate?

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Posted on October 25, 2020 at 06:29:54
sanman
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I am trying to find out if there's any way to hide these scratches on this old Emerson tube radio. I tried dampening them to see if they would disappear and they don't I'm not sure if there are any products that would blend them in?
"When the demon is at your door, in the mornin' it won't be there no more"
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RE: How to repair this faceplate?, posted on October 25, 2020 at 07:16:25
airtime
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It looks like the clear coat is coming off. let me do some research and see if they used lacquer or varnish.

I used Formby's low gloss to repair one of my faceplates. If you try it use a Q tip on a very small area. What you would have to test for is:

1 Make sure the silk screening isn't going to come off using it.

2 See if it works blending over the peeling patches

 

RE: How to repair this faceplate?, posted on October 25, 2020 at 12:36:40
sanman
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Thanks!
"When the demon is at your door, in the mornin' it won't be there no more"
Steely Dan

 

Why do you feel the need to?, posted on October 25, 2020 at 13:24:36
bare
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Age wear Patina adds.. not detract, from vintage 'stuff'.
Clear evidence of a previous life well lived

 

RE: How to repair this faceplate?, posted on October 26, 2020 at 10:14:58
digepix
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I wouldn't bother as long as it doesn't affect performance. What is the motivation it won't increase the value to offset the effort expended. Use it and enjoy!!

 

RE: How to repair this faceplate?, posted on October 26, 2020 at 18:35:03
Alpha Al
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Airtime's advice is spot on. Plates of that type have a clearcoat finish. When scratched, the Aluminum underneath oxidizes.

Only way to make it look new again is to reapply the clearcoat. I wouldn't
bother.

 

RE: How to repair this faceplate?, posted on October 26, 2020 at 20:06:34
rivervalley817
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if you want to hide those marks a cabinet or garage works great

or a cabinet in a garage

it's just an old Emerson right?

regards,

 

RE: How to repair this faceplate?, posted on November 5, 2020 at 12:12:24
dadbar
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It doesn't look that bad. I would advise you to leave it as is. Treatment might make it worse.

 

+1 )MT(, posted on November 22, 2020 at 15:48:13
J. S. Bach
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Later Gator,
Dave
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