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Best bakelite polish?

Post by malcscott » Tue May 15, 2012 11:37 am

Hi, i have tried various kinds of stuff to polish bakelite. I find that bako-brite about the best. What do you think is the best to use? Cheers, Malc.

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by CTV » Tue May 15, 2012 11:41 am

Same as you Malc, prior to that I used bees wax. Bako-brite is the dogs danglies when it comes to making a TV22 or DAC90 shine :thumbl:


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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by rob t » Tue May 15, 2012 12:03 pm

i agree Bako-brite every time allso found it good for removing cup rings from polished wood
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by octal » Tue May 15, 2012 12:14 pm

Is that the same as Greygate No5 ?

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by CTV » Tue May 15, 2012 12:21 pm

yep

 

Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by octal » Tue May 15, 2012 12:32 pm

Thanks Chris.
Also ok for the Catalin, Ivory DAC90A I presume ?

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by KeithW » Tue May 15, 2012 12:40 pm

I think the ivory will be urea-formaldehyde rather than Bakelite, a different chemical composition. Bakelite polish will be too abrasive. Try normal bees wax.

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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by Stitch » Tue May 15, 2012 12:50 pm

I haven't tried Bako-brite but did wonder what it was like. I do use Greygate Plastic Polish which is very good, but is this the same as No5, which is the same as Bako-brite??

I use brasso or T-cut first then polish with Greygate and finally a squirt of 'proper' furniture polish.
I've just finished a Philips 371 that has come up a treat :thumbl:

PS
I've just run out of Greygate, where's the best place to get it or Bako-brite? I think Radiophile sell Bako-brite.

 

Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by octal » Tue May 15, 2012 12:56 pm

KeithW wrote:I think the ivory will be urea-formaldehyde rather than Bakelite, a different chemical composition. Bakelite polish will be too abrasive. Try normal bees wax.

Keith


Ah, I thought the Ivory DAC90A was Catalin. Just looked up Urea Formaldehyde and it is described as having a hard skin, seems as hard as the Bakelite DAC's I have.

BTW, stitch, I bought 2 x 60 grm tubes of Greygate No5 off an ebay seller for £7 post free.

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by KeithW » Tue May 15, 2012 1:00 pm

I'd be very careful, I've seen it used on an ivory coloured 1930's telephone and it dulled the existing surface :roll:

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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by octal » Tue May 15, 2012 1:12 pm

Appreciated, I will take care. First of all I need to remove a fair amount of nicotine deposit, yuk !

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by KeithW » Tue May 15, 2012 1:15 pm

Apparently this is recommended for coloured plastics such as urea-formaldehyde, acrylics etc:

http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/16035841 ... sbar&cbt=y

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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by Stitch » Tue May 15, 2012 1:21 pm

octal wrote:BTW, stitch, I bought 2 x 60 grm tubes of Greygate No5 off an ebay seller for £7 post free.


Thanks Octal, I've just ordered some ...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GREYGATE-BAKE ... _720wt_709

The 'plastic polish' seems to be more of a liquid so I'll give the paste a try.

 

Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by octal » Tue May 15, 2012 1:26 pm

Thats the one, good buy I thought :thumbr:

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by malcscott » Wed May 16, 2012 8:59 am

Ive orderd 2x 60g Greygate paste. :thumbl:

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by Alistair D » Wed May 16, 2012 3:06 pm

I have had great success using a Dremel type hand tool and a very soft felt end on disc. Turn the revs well down and a light touch. It even works a treat on the front of Avos. No polish required. Be careful about selecting the disc. Any of the hard felt ones will wear away the bakelite in no time.

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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by malcscott » Thu May 31, 2012 10:21 am

Hi, before i start using this Greygate paste, do i apply it with a damp or dry cloth? Cheers, Malc.

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by CTV » Thu May 31, 2012 10:30 am

dry and only a small amount is needed

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by Paul_RK » Thu May 31, 2012 12:54 pm

octal wrote:Thanks Chris.
Also ok for the Catalin, Ivory DAC90A I presume ?


I've been happy with the results from Bake-O-Bryte on the three cream DAC90As here, also on a blue Masteradio Sandown Sapphire, but there's never any harm in seeing what happens with a small area inside or underneath the case before committing yourself. Catalin is a different kettle of fish altogether with an extremely fine and smooth surface in bright, often marbled or 'swirly' finishes which darken with time and exposure: catalin that was white when produced is a rich, deep butterscotch yellow now. I bought possibly the cheapest catalin radio to pass through eBay in recent years when a green case, left alone probably for decades, had come to look very much like common 'walnut' bakelite. Brasso was sufficient to restore that to a brilliant green and is generally as abrasive a cleaner as catalin ever needs.

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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by valvekits » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:36 pm

After following this thread I purchased some Greygate No5

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170890934793? ... 1439.l2649

I used it to polish some bakelite but also found it was very good at removing fine scratches out of perspex.
It really is lovely stuff and works a treat at polishing up chrome and other metals so I bought some more. :thumbl:



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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by unclereggie » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:44 am

Any idea where Bako-brite can be obtained from (UK) A quick search on google just threw up this thread! :lol:
Research seems to suggest that Greygate No 5 is the new brand name.

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by CTV » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:28 am

Yep Greygate is the equiv see post #4 & #5 above :thumbl:

 
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Re: Best bakelite polish?

Post by Paul_RK » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:59 pm

unclereggie wrote:Any idea where Bako-brite can be obtained from (UK) A quick search on google just threw up this thread! :lol:
Research seems to suggest that Greygate No 5 is the new brand name.


The polish has been around for decades as Greygate No.5 - memory's telling me the GPO used it in quantity when restoring bakelite telephones. As I recall Bake-o-Bryte was Chas Miller's invention of a name for it when he began to offer it to radio enthusiasts. He's still selling it at £3.75 a tube inclusive of postage from The Radiophile's usual address.

Paul


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