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 Post subject: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:59 pm 
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Hey all! Well I came up with an inexpensive way to repair your broken / damaged horn grill wood. Especially if you do not have access to wood making tools.
Oven-Bake Clay.
Shape and form. Heat gun on low setting. Then paint or stain with Minwax. Simple yet very effective!! See photos of my 2 repairs I have done on my phonos!

The Edison S19 I formed right on the grill and smoothed. Then applied heat gun on low setting. Then finished with a flat brown. I may go darker.
The Credenza I made a mold by forming from the good side. Then baked to harden. Then I added some flour inside the mold so the clay would not stick. Shaped a bit more by hand then baked. Applied to credenza with a little glue. Then finished with Minwax Mahogany stain. Done.

Hope this helps!!
Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:24 am 
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Nicely done. Congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
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alang wrote:
Nicely done. Congratulations!

Andreas

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
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It looks very convincing... definitely better than the "Before" picture. How sturdy is this repair when finished?
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 Post subject: Re: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:18 pm 
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Beautiful work, Steve. It's impossible to tell where the damage had been on either machine -- if you hadn't shown it, there'd be no indication that there'd ever been damage. A few years ago I did a similar restoration of a missing part on my Credenza's grill. In that case, I used Kwik-Wood two-part epoxy to make the missing part. Obviously, the heat-set clay you used works equally well. Since we both used similar techniques in our restoration work -- with slight differences owing to the difference in materials -- here's a link to a thread I posted at the time with pictures of the steps:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16244

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Cody
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 Post subject: Re: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
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Curt A wrote:
It looks very convincing... definitely better than the "Before" picture. How sturdy is this repair when finished?

Both are pretty sturdy! But as with all grills one good hit, even un-repaired, will damage it anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
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Cody K wrote:
Beautiful work, Steve. It's impossible to tell where the damage had been on either machine -- if you hadn't shown it, there'd be no indication that there'd ever been damage. A few years ago I did a similar restoration of a missing part on my Credenza's grill. In that case, I used Kwik-Wood two-part epoxy to make the missing part. Obviously, the heat-set clay you used works equally well. Since we both used similar techniques in our restoration work -- with slight differences owing to the difference in materials -- here's a link to a thread I posted at the time with pictures of the steps:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16244

Regards --

Cody

Cody, thats great! Exactly what I did with the Credenza! I was pricing grills and knew there had to be an easier way to get it back to looking original! Thanks for sharing your post!


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 Post subject: Re: Horn Grill Repair. You Want To Read This!
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Nicely done good to know. Tom


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