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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2011, 12:30:43 PM »
Jorge....Finlover....cars not fish. Greg pops on now and then. He is the master of plastics. His work is top notch. ....Doug

No...I think it was fishlover.

(Jorge is in a quirky mood these days...needs another sanding project)

Terry


... and you have the right phone for this project: a gray AE80, right?
Jorge

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2011, 03:47:51 PM »
Best thing you can do for eliminating the growth of mold is to get the damp air moving out of the house. Air exchangers are the best way to go, HRV/ERV's are expensive but IMO worth every cent. No more mold !! The dehumidfiers and bags in the basement are just stopgap measures.

I am sure by selling just a couple of your phones you will have the cash to get a 21st century air ventilation system and presto no more damage to your valuable collection. And no i don't sell HRVS. :)

Offline AE_Collector

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2011, 04:01:20 PM »
... and you have the right phone for this project: a gray AE80, right?

Well....only if you think you need some practice....

Terry

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2011, 08:11:12 PM »
How's that for mold?  I hope to get time to clean it with the bleach tonite or tomorrow.  I'll probably do the inside with some 409 or ammonia based window cleaner.

Josh

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2011, 11:03:34 PM »
Jorge....Finlover....cars not fish. Greg pops on now and then. He is the master of plastics. His work is top notch. ....Doug

No...I think it was fishlover.

(Jorge is in a quirky mood these days...needs another sanding project)

Terry
No no no--it's fishLIVER, which is a reference to my practice of coating each phone in cod liver oil to acheive a nice glossy finish.  It doesn't smell that great, though.  Kidphone and I are developing a less odoriferous product called "Scales So Soft", which can be used on both bakelite and pet goldfish.

Seriously, it's my New Year's resolution to be more of a participant on the forum than I was last year.  Now that I'm getting more comfortable playing bass again I'll be able to devote a little more time to my OTHER hobby, and to my "phony" friends!

P.S.  Our band, tentatively called "3 Chord Rodeo", has it's first gig next month at a dance hall called The Happy Cow--wish me luck!
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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2011, 11:47:20 PM »
I always knew there was something fishy about you.  ;D ;D ;D

Welcome back, stranger. Or should I say, partner?
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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2011, 05:29:35 PM »
I've been away for a few days and trying to catch up on things here. Thanks Brinybay, Guitar, and Jorge for the compliments on my 5302. Once I got the mold off it wasn't in too bad of shape. I put the nicest G1 that I had on it for the pictures for Russ Cowell's TCI Singing Wires article. The rest is pretty much what I learned here on the Forum, and mostly from Jorge and his great pictorials. Novus 2, Meguiar's Carnauba Wax, and some Turtle Wax F21. I like the Meguiar's Carnauba over some of the others that I tried only because it smells so good. If they made syrup that taste as good as that smells I would put it on ice cream. And no, I wasn't a paste eater when I was a kid.

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2011, 06:00:28 PM »
Hahaha.... well I gotta admit, I ate some paste in second grade, but  not as much as my schoolmate.  It tasted like spearmint.

I've always used Mother's Californie Gold on the phones, because it lasts forever on a car, and does a nice job with no smearing.  I know what you mean about the smell.   The Calif. Gold smells like cotton candy.

Also,  I bleached the mold off of mine in the pic, and polished it up a little while the playoff games were on yesterday.  It's scratched a little, but should look pretty nice when done.

Josh P

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2011, 09:51:55 AM »


I had this happen to a date-matched 1952 WE 500 set that was stored in an area I thought was safe.  After a few rounds of cleaning and it coming back, I figured I could kill it by putting the phone housing in the dishwasher.  Bad move.  Ohboy.  During the last part of the sanitize cycle, the plastics warped to the point of being un-usable. 

I replaced the housing with one from an ITT-Kellogg 500, so it all looks "casually OK," but the loss of the original material and intact whole was "a bummer" to put it mildly.   

Bottom line: Do Not put soft plastic housings through the dishwasher on the high-temp cycle.  (And it's been since forever-ago that I've made a mistake like that which had the effect of destroying viable equipment.)

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Re: White mold on plastic?
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2011, 08:14:14 PM »
Yikes, luckily I don't have a dishwasher or I'd probably be sticking everything under the sun in there too.

I cleaned the mold off of the 5302 pictured earlier,  soaked it in some bleach water, and found a better place for it which is not in the basement.  I used Dennis's idea of polishing up the bells.  Sure makes 'em shine, too bad they are hidden for most of their lives.

Josh P