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    Gary Albach
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    I’m restoring a couple Northern Electric 5000’s and one of them has a dark brown layer uniformly covering the whole inside of the dial cover. It flakes off like thin paint in places, but mostly I’ve had to carefully scrape it off and then polish the plastic. It seems to be too dark to be nicotine and none of my solvents touch it, like it was a thin layer of brown Bakelite.

    Has anyone seen this before?

    Gary in Victoria

    Les Dickson
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    No idea what it is. Is the same material inside the cabinet as well as the dial cover? If so, could it be an indication of serious malfunction?

    Gary Albach
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    Hi Les – no, it’s odd because the material is only deposited on the inside of the dial cover, nowhere else. And yes, it could be an indication of a malfunction although there is no indication of overheating anywhere on either the top or bottom of the chassis.

    I was suspicious that it could be paint from the metal dial that had evaporated onto the dial cover, because the dial background has been repainted and a new scale applied. But again, there is no indication that the dial has gotten hot, and there was no material deposited on the dial pointer. And why would anyone repair the dial if they couldn’t see it through the dial cover?


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