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  • #12746
    Gary Albach
    CVRS Member

    Finished the restoration of my wood Addison 5A and here are the pictures. A fun little project. After stripping the cabinet and filling a large chip right in the front, I used Mohawk lacquer toners to match the original colour, then finished with several coats of clear gloss cellulose lacquer, one last coat of semi-gloss, a rub-out with a liquid pumice solution, and a coat of wax. I restuffed the wax paper caps under the chassis, and the electrolytic filter on top. Added an MP4 input for Bluetooth so our kids can enjoy it!

    Gary

    #12756
    Dan Walker
    CVRS Member

    Gary , That is a very nice refinishing job you did on this one, well worthy of showing it off .
    The courthouse is very collectable. You have a keeper with is one, good job
    Dan in Calgary

    #12757
    Gary Albach
    CVRS Member

    Thanks, Dan. This cabinet got away from me a little bit. I was aiming at a slightly less-glossy look because of all the curved surfaces and highlights, but even the semi-gloss final coat I normally use turned out quite glossy. Have you, or others, had experience with a flat or satin final coat?
    Gary

    #12758
    Dan Walker
    CVRS Member

    Happy New Year Gary:
    I usually use a High gloss on most of my cabinets, but I do understand your thinking especially with a smaller cabinet.
    I have heard that you can cut down the gloss look by buffing it over with a 0000 steel wool, BUT I have never tried that.
    If I was going to try it I would first try it on another piece of wood, that has the same finish you put on your radio., just to see how it turned out.
    You don’t want to mess with the cabinet unless you know it will work.
    Dan in Calgary.

    #12768
    Gary Albach
    CVRS Member

    Dan – yes, I have tried with limited success knocking a gloss finish down to more of a satin with 0000 steel wool, and I normally apply the paste wax with 0000 to keep the gloss down. But it’s so easy to cut through the clear coat with steel wool and damage the toned layers on sharply rounded corners that for this one I decided to leave well enough alone.
    Gary

    #12771
    Dan Walker
    CVRS Member

    GOOD IDEA There is nothing wrong with the way it is now.
    Dan in Calgary.

    #12774
    Tony F
    Forum Participant

    Very nice Gary. It looks good !
    Tony

    #12777
    Gary Albach
    CVRS Member

    Thanks, Tony.

    #12778
    Gerry O’Hara
    CVRS Member

    It looks great Gary – well done. Any details on how you installed the Bluetooth?

    #12780
    Gary Albach
    CVRS Member

    I will start a new thread in the ‘Electronics Restoration’ forum and post pictures of the Bluetooth addition there.

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