Post by tarheeltinkerer on Mar 8, 2009 8:49:13 GMT -5
Perhaps someone can mix up a batch for the forum folks The only version I have seen (regarding restoration) was flake shellac, denatured alcohol, and nigrosene dye. This, IMHO, is not as durable as the original formulas, hence why I was curious to see what I could find. I may try to make one or two or these on a small scale to see how well they work.
Hi Guys! I've used the stuff described in the article and it is worth checking out. Here's the link to my Restoring an Edison Standard E thread that I've got on Moo's Talking Machine Board. There's a discussion there of using that material in the bedplate restoration section.
Post by tarheeltinkerer on Mar 8, 2009 9:38:09 GMT -5
Dang Martin, I am not worthy. Wow o Wow!!!
I do have a ruined D bedplate (it came with this junker I bought on ebay, from which I have scavenged parts from it bit by bit to rebuild these other two Ds) that needs to be completely striped and refinished. I'm going to maybe mix up the one formula (http://www.oldtoolsshop.com/Galoots/pRMorin/html/elmorain_recipe.html see the Cold method) and see how it works.
Post by tarheeltinkerer on Mar 8, 2009 10:22:29 GMT -5
I have, needless to say, a great deal of striving to do to achieve the level of restoration work you can do. My woodworking skills are slowly improving, but so much of this is just picking up bits and pieces of info here and there and trying them out. Learning nickel plating is the next challenge I need to tackle.
Martin1, I read your restoration diary. Truly amazing. I am a rookie, so that information was invaluable to me. I am now trying to figure out a way to get some Old Pontypool Asphaltum to finish my bedplate. ( They don't ship to Canada. ) What's your opinion on trying to spot paint. The underside was a write off, but the top is 90% intact with a few rust spots here and there. I would like to preserve the original top, but still spot paint the rusted areas. Do you thinik it will blend okay with the original? Also, what are the odds of divorce proceedings when attempting to bake a bedplate in the wife's oven? what is the stink rating on that? ( 1- 10) I'm away for two weeks starting sunday, so I'll read your response when I get back. Thanks in advance for any help. Dean
Wow Dean! Thanks for the good feedback. I have heard that Nigrosene (a very deep blue/black tinted thick shellac) can work well. This can be built up in layers and sanded/polished. This should be fairly successful as the bedplates were overcoated with orange shellac to protect the decals. The real question is probably more on the lines of: "how long can you stand doing the touch-up?". I'd try going for it. I think it'd be worth it if you can save the original details.
If I couldn't get the pontypool for a full refinish, I'd be tempted to try the Rustoleum gloss black and let it cure real well before polishing & overcoating with a few coats of orange shellac. Mind you, I haven't done that yet, so I don't know exactly how it would react. I'm guessing that the key is to make sure that it is cured all the way.
BTW: Stink rating on the bedplate bake is something like a 9 or 9.5. Fresh air is real good stuff!