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Offline Matilo Telephones

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Any tips on repairing Tenite?
« on: November 16, 2013, 03:01:15 AM »
Does anybody have any tips on repairing Tenite? It is much more flexible than bakelite and Im not sure what chemicals will adversely affect this material.

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« Last Edit: November 16, 2013, 03:02:47 AM by Matilo Telephones »
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Re: Any tips on repairing Tenite?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2013, 03:09:18 AM »
The older plastics were not very durable or hard, even Tenite.  With black, you have a lot more latitude as to what you can use to fill in gouges or glue and fill cracks.  I don't have much skill in the repair of any plastics but others here do.  If it is a crack, I would not be afraid to fill it in with glue and then sand and polish and paint.

There was a collector who would use acrylic finger nail material and color it and fill that way.  I once tried it on a piece of junk and I was not happy with my results, but I understand that a skilled person could have very good results with acrylics.  They may not work, however on the older softer plastics.

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Re: Any tips on repairing Tenite?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2013, 03:49:54 AM »
You can never entirely get rid of cracks and deep gouges, but with Tenite, it's easy to sort out with nothing more advanced than superglue, there's some good threads on repairing soft plastics here:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?board=24.0

Specifically this one is a good thread with a similar "injury" to your phone:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=1413.0

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Re: Any tips on repairing Tenite?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 08:45:55 AM »
Thanks guys, for the tips and pointers. A great help.
Groeten,

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