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Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:20:49 AM »

I have a Magnificent Magnavox with a water ring on the top slider. It has a photo flash finish.

Anyone have experience removing one without damaging the photo flash finish?

Howard's won't work on it, so my options I guess are an iron or Behlen Jet Spray Blush Eraser in a rattle can.

When I showed it to a refinish guy at a local Rockler he had no idea, and said the Behlen may take the finish off.

Any tips appreciated. Thanks.






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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 11:14:53 AM »

I decided to call Behlen and ask them directly if their product can be used on a photo flash finish.

If I get a call back I'll post what they tell me.

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 01:54:38 PM »

A Behlen rep called and gave me guidance. Was very helpful.

No guarantees what will happen, but since there is a white ring that would indicate the blush eraser might work.

I'll report back the results for any folks down the road who might have this issue and find this thread on a Google search.

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 02:56:01 PM »

And it didn't work, but to be fair I think I hit it too hard with the spray.

I'll post the damage later. I think it's on me, not the Behlen.

I'll also be posting a WTB ad soon :-[

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 03:06:54 PM »

Yeah, it's on me. I hit it too hard with the spray.


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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2018, 03:08:41 PM »
I have no clue but don't give up, I'm sure there is something that can be done. 

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2018, 03:22:36 PM »

Thank you for the encouragement.

I'll keep hitting my thumb with a hammer on this one. I do that well.

The photo flash melted because I hit it too hard with the spray.

Maybe I can get creative with fine paint brushes and try to replicate the grain. Then clear coat it?

Or maybe that's the fumes from the spray talking  8)


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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 05:50:30 PM »
I know I'm too late to the party,  but I remember seeing sets of wood hued sharpie type markers that might've given the right kind of graining to cover a small area like the ring. I'm sure they sell them on Amazon.
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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2018, 10:51:45 AM »

My son is an Architecture grad student and I've been to Dick Blik with him over the years:

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I think I'll bring the slider in and see what ideas the staff might have.

Plan B is a MCM tray with drink glasses, which I'd be fine with.

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2018, 01:00:39 PM »
Buy another parts console that has good sliders.

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2018, 07:27:29 PM »
There's also the option of not restoring at all, but finishing the damaged top in  way that looks good but doesn't try to look original.  Paint it a contrasting or other suitable color.  Glaze it, a kind of antiquing that might give the right color tone and a kind of wood-grain effect without being an attempt at restoration perfection.  Then if you really want perfection, do as others have suggested and keep your eyes open for a parts donor.  Take my word for it, we've all done really dumb things.  Most of them were dumb in retrospect or we wouldn't have done them.  I had some sort of white paint smear on the headrest of my '86 Mustang.  I figured it was vinyl so a little solvent (can't recall what, maybe acetone) would wipe it right off.  Oops, it wiped off the original paint surface of whatever the material was.  Oh, s___t.  Most people really wouldn't notice but  sure do.

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 09:12:39 PM »
You could always put some real wood veneer on the tops and finish them tomatch the cabinet.
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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 03:23:49 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. Iím on my phone and Iíll post some pictures of the console next week.

 

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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2018, 05:23:59 PM »
Lots of good ideas posted above.  If you have badly damaged photofinish, you are pretty much out of luck.  The ultimate fix for any Magnavox slider would be to have a couple brown-tinted tempered glass sliders made.  You can have the reverse wood-graining done on glass sliders by a firm that does wood graining on classic car instrument panels and door reveal mouldings.  Good luck.
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Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2018, 01:37:10 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions.

I was talking with the owner of a MCM store, told him I was looking for MCM glasses and a tray with gold colored highlights and he suggested I spray the top black lacquer. He made the point that black and walnut were commonly paired in this period so it would work esthetically.

With the top being a photo flash finish that might be the path of least resistance.

One of my kids is a wiz with photography and Photoshop so I'm going to get them to do a mockup for me so I can get a feel for it.

The legs and base structure are wood as well as the outer trim on the front slider door. I've hit those with 0000 steel wool and Howard's Walnut Restore  and then Feed N Wax and they came out fine.

Thanks again for the input all.