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 Putting Bakelite in a Dishwasher Yes Or No.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 11:45:21 PM on 13 December 2015.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
 Member since 21 February 2015
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Just asking as I have a few bakelite radios in good order but could do with a good wash . I wont try it if its not recomended . Would it warp or what could be the outcome ?.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 7:21:00 AM on 14 December 2015.
Redxm's avatar
 Location: Tamworth, NSW
 Member since 6 April 2012
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Some dishwasher get pretty hot. I always hand wash mine.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 6:22:39 PM on 14 December 2015.
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 Location: Cameron Park, NSW
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A wash in the laundry tub with Handy Andy works for me. I use a tooth brush to get in all the corners and have used a Scotch Brite pad at times to remove paint spots that were a bit more resistant to a scrub with a cloth. I wouldn't risk a dishwasher, as Redxm has noted.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 6:52:30 PM on 14 December 2015.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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If the cabinet was strong enough to survive the jetstreams and being thrown about it may not survive the corrosive detergents. I'd give it a miss.

I've had some ups and downs with cleaning Bakelite cabinets and one of the downs was buggering a marbled green Astor Mickey DL cabinet. It was pretty much a $2,500.00 cabinet flushed down the bog.

I was lucky in one respect - the cracks were quite clean, making the task of repair reasonably easy for someone skilled at it. I ended up selling the radio to someone who had the time and patience to get the cabinet fixed and they won the radio on Ebay for $650.00. That was still a profit because I was given the radio but the loss of such a unique beast didn't impress me and still doesn't.

There is only one word to ponder on when cleaning a Bakelite cabinet - patience.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:39:53 PM on 14 December 2015.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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There is only one word to ponder on when cleaning a Bakelite cabinet - patience.

I would add two more words to that: "go gently".

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 8:35:46 PM on 23 February 2016.
Ian Robertson's Gravatar
 Location: Belrose, NSW
 Member since 31 December 2015
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I've had good results with very badly weathered bakelite (after all cut and polish attempts failed) using automotive clearcoat. You have to make sure you get all the wax off first - I used a dishwasher for that.

Last resort kill or cure stuff though.

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