[AMRadio] Paint Filler

W. Harris nbcblue at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 6 12:58:43 EST 2014

You say "Bakelite or Catalin". They are two different plastics. Bakelite is a thermoset resin that is cured under heat and high pressure and does contain fillers. The shiny finish on Bakelite is very thin and if you polish through it it is gone. Catalin is a poured resin that does not contain fillers. Catalin out gasses over time and shrinks. That is why you see cracks in Catalin radios usually around the screws holding the cabinet to the chassis. 


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> Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:16:03 -0500
> From: "Jerry" <jsternmd at att.net>
> To: "'Donald Chester'" <k4kyv at charter.net>,	<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Paint Filler
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> Hi,
> I use the lacquer sticks as well.  One comment on the bakelite knobs as my
> wife is an expert bakelite collector.  True bakelite or catalin has no
> "filler" it should be bakelite through and through as I believe Dakaware
> knobs are made.  It would have been a difficult and expensive process to
> apply bakelite over a sawdust filler.  There are lots of bakelite polishes
> available the best (also used for testing if bakelite) is simechrome brand.
> I can take any Dakaware knob and polish it to any grade of luster usually
> with elbow grease sometimes a dremel buffer wheel.   I think one problem is
> that bakelite was replaced for knobs around the 1950-1960's so many later
> knobs were made of a duller non-bakelite plastic and given a paint coat for
> final luster.    
> Jerry
> K1JOS 


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