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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 2:44:21 PM on 8 October 2012.
Maven's avatar
 Location: Canberra, ACT
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My Philips 1950 Radioplayer 123 is brown bakelite factory-sprayed with a cream enamel that looks something like a car duco.

I see recipes and recommendations for polishing bakelite, but this surface is probably not bakelite. I have tried patching a couple of chips using appliance enamel repair, and it more or less works. I've given it a superficial polish with floor wax.

What works best for this type of enamel-on-bakelite?


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 4:56:57 PM on 8 October 2012.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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In a general sense, enamel cannot be cut or buffed because the oil base keeps the coating too soft. It's a what you see is what you get surface. You may have some luck if the coating has hardened sufficiently though many restorations of painted radios involve a new paint job. Another exception is if the coating was baked after application, similar to automotive enamels like Duco.

One thing to begin with would be to identify if the paint is in fact enamel. To be honest I am not sure.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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