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 Post subject: Recent water damage help requested
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:31 pm 
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Victor III
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I recently had a water line leak and drip on my walnut XVII. The water stains are fresh and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to repair them. Thanks in advance for any advice. I will also post this in the Machines section.
Ken Brekke


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 Post subject: Re: Recent water damage help requested
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:32 pm 
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If it were mine, I'd get a clean old piece of t-shirt, pad it up and get it medium damp/damp dry with denatured alcohol. Then I'd start doing "touch downs and take offs" with the alcohol dampened pad. Take your time. What you have is like a big "glass ring" with dampness under the finish. The alcohol should drive it out. I had success in reversing a very nasty "glass ring" on my 1920s Starr upright piano using that technique. Sorry you had that happen, but I suspect that it will come right if you're careful and take your time.

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Martin


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 Post subject: Re: Recent water damage help requested
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:59 pm 
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martinola wrote:
If it were mine, I'd get a clean old piece of t-shirt, pad it up and get it medium damp/damp dry with denatured alcohol. Then I'd start doing "touch downs and take offs" with the alcohol dampened pad. Take your time. What you have is like a big "glass ring" with dampness under the finish. The alcohol should drive it out. I had success in reversing a very nasty "glass ring" on my 1920s Starr upright piano using that technique. Sorry you had that happen, but I suspect that it will come right if you're careful and take your time.

Regards,
Martin


Ken,
Martin is absolutely correct. Do not use Lemon oil or orange oil or steel wool (not only causes physical damage but it will chemically react with walnut and oak causing black spots). Lay the phonograph on its side and take your time. If the finish starts to get a little sticky, let it set for a few days. This method should completely repair the damage. Patience is paramount while doing this.
Beautiful phonograph!
Roy


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