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 Post subject: Another fine mess
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:20 pm 
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Victor III
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Gotta wonder about some folks.

http://cgi.ebay.com/VICTOR-VICTROLA-TALKING-MACHINE-VV-IX-PHONOGRAPH-120802_W0QQitemZ280462940616QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item414ce4d9c8

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 Post subject: Re: Another fine mess
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:00 pm 
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Ohhh no, no!! Is that a fumed oak finish that got ruined?! It sure looks like it. Does anyone out there know how to restore something like this?


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 Post subject: Re: Another fine mess
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:19 pm 
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I think it would just be a matter of experimenting with different stains & finishes.
I'd aim at matching the basic colour & then dilute the stain until you got a good colour match.
Then you'd have to try shellac & laquers to see what worked best for the overall effect, followed by a few coats of wax perhaps.
I dont think that Victor would be too hard to put right.

I've been working on a Rexonola the last couple weeks that had been eaten by white ant & was falling apart.
I had to keep the original finish where the decal is, but I've managed to make a near perfect match of the original finish.
Here's a pic I took while I was experimenting with stain colours & strengths.
For this one I used mostly walnut stain mixed with black, then diluted it heaps.
I'm hoping to finish the machine in the next couple weeks, so I'll probably do a spot light on it eventually.


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