"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Greg G., September 21, 2012, 01:59:56 PM
Quote from: HarrySmith on December 30, 2013, 06:50:31 PMI had exactly what Unbeldi is talking about happen to me. I did my usual overnight soak in hot water & Oxiclean with a very nasty 302, when I pulled it out the next morning it was dull and covered in silver specks. A lot of polishing brought it back. I had the same thing with several old Black 500's only they added a slimy surface to the specks. Again a lot of polishing to bring back any luster, I had to use rubbing alcohol to remove the slime! I also had the specks and a greyish tint at the bottom of the bucket when I emptied it.
Quote from: Bill on December 31, 2013, 11:41:39 AMIn the antique radio community, the difference between bakelite and plastic is important but often misunderstood. To identify bakelite, as opposed to plastic, the common test is to put a bit of Scrubbing Bubbles on a Q-tip, and rub it gently along the surface to be tested (in a non-visible area if possible). If the Q-tip turns brown, it is bakelite. In other words, something in the Scrubbing Bubbles cleanser dissolves and removes something from the phenol coating on the bakelite - and you don't want to do that very much! In other words, pulling up a brown color on a polishing cloth is probably not a good thing.Bill