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Offline NorthernElectric

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Removing plaster from bakelite
« on: December 19, 2015, 05:47:54 PM »
I am looking at an AE50 that, in addition to paint, has plaster around the back edge of the case and on the back plate.  I have no idea what sort of plaster it is; could be drywall mud, polyfilla, old fashioned lath & plaster type plaster, etc.

Is plaster easy to get off bakelite without damaging the bakelite?  Will the bakelite be etched underneath the plaster?
Cliff

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Removing plaster from bakelite
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2015, 07:52:25 PM »
Bakelite is pretty tough stuff. If it is just plaster soak it in warm water for a few hours and it should come right off!
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Re: Removing plaster from bakelite
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2015, 08:24:27 PM »
Thanks Harry.

Somebody else added it to their watch list so I figured I'd better buy it while I had the chance.   :)
Cliff

Offline Buzby

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Re: Removing plaster from bakelite
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2015, 08:35:04 PM »
Go for it!

I had a house where the original bakelite light switches had been crudely buried with re-plastering. A soaking in a bucket of water overnight softened the plaster up and it came off with a scrubbing brush.

I think bakelike is pretty much impervious to anything.

Before and after pics too!  ;)