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Bill

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Bakelite
« on: June 29, 2019, 06:39:32 AM »
I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct spot or not, but here goes.  I have three units that are Bakelite and I'm wondering if anyone has experience in the proper technique in cleaning and polishing.  Also if Bakelite has a crack, is there a good way to repair it?   

My items are 2 RCA table radios, and 1 RCA 45 player.  I have wiped them down with just water, just to get the dust off, but I'm sure there is something that I can use without affecting the finish.  Any help would be appreciated.

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Ken Doyle

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Re: Bakelite
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2019, 07:55:36 AM »

I use Novus #2 plastic polish on bakelite cabinets.  It's available at your local motorcycle shop.  You have to be careful not to polish too deep or you will reach the filler.  Cracks can be repaired from the inside with good old epoxy.




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Re: Bakelite
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2019, 07:28:10 AM »
Thanks Ken!

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Re: Bakelite
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2019, 12:01:24 PM »
I like to use Simichrome and Pledge on bakelite in good condition.
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Re: Bakelite
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2019, 02:15:02 PM »
  Also if Bakelite has a crack, is there a good way to repair it?   

Bakelite is made with phenolic resin, it's compatible with epoxies. Finish-cure hobby epoxy is thin and has a longer working time, probably the best type to get into a crack. You can color it with dyes or pigments, and use tape on the backside of the crack to keep the resin in place while it cures.
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Re: Bakelite
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2019, 06:42:38 AM »
Thanks Greg and Tim.

Bill