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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:20:01 PM on 13 March 2014.
Scraps's avatar
 Location: Blue Mountains, NSW
 Member since 10 March 2013
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I'm trying to remove the plastic dial from an AWA 449 without damaging it but have no idea what sort of glue they used or how to soften it. The same glue seems to have been used on a lot AWA radio dials and frets around that time. AWA listed the dial as a spare part so there must be some way to remove them without damage. I've got a good case with a Southern dial and want to swap it with a good Northern dial I have from a broken case but don't want to break either trying to figure out how to get them out.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:53:14 PM on 4 April 2014.
Maven's avatar
 Location: Canberra, ACT
 Member since 23 August 2012
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Acetone glues (eg Tarzan's Grip) are a possibility, but acetone can be savage on surfaces you want to protect.

I'd try to find a safe area to test, and work my way up through different solvents in order of potential risk to materials -

1. Alcohol
2. Turps
3. Petrol
4. Acetone


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