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Old 04-16-2017, 08:26 PM
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I have to agree with Crist, his merchant skills are terrible. It very clearly says on his web site that he will make any labels not listed. I have requested two from him now that were not listed and both times got an email back, after two or three requests from me, saying that he is too busy to make them. As far as I am concerned he should take his site down if he has no intensions of meeting his customers expectations. I did buy one of his reproduction photo finish kits and it most certainly is better than nothing but a little more effort on his part would have produced a really nice product. The grain structure on mine looks like the camera was out of focus.

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Old 04-19-2017, 07:53 PM
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Yesterday and today have been spent on applying the sealer coats along with the initial clear top coats. Hopefully tonight I can apply the decals and continue on with the top coats.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:46 PM
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I shot 5 coats of Mohawk DuraCoat Pre-Catalyzed Semi-Gloss 60 Sheen Lacquer #M614-24607 thinned 20% with Mohawk Lacquer Reducer 2255.

I waited about 10 minutes between coats.

Later on tonight I did a little wet sanding to see how things are turning out. I used 800 grit wet sandpaper dipped in water and Dawn dish washing soap.

I wrapped the sandpaper around a hard balsa block and did a little sanding on the hatch.

Here is how it looks when it is sanded a little bit. Notice how "rough" the surface is and how the sanding starts to "level" the finish.



Here is the same spot after a few more minutes of sanding. Notice how it is nearly all the same sheen? The finish is "leveled" and ready for the next coats.



Lots more sanding on the whole cabinet before the next coats. Of course after sanding, I'll put on the decals and continue on with more coats.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:31 PM
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Got the cabinet sanded today. Ready for the decals.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:20 PM
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Put on the decals today and the weather cooperated and I shot at least 10 more topcoats. 75 degrees and 35% humidity. The decals are almost buried. I'm sure after the lacquer gases off some there will be more showing.

Here are some pics of the decals and the final picture again with how it looked the first night I got it.









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Old 04-23-2017, 10:45 PM
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Some eagle eye notices that there is a "S" missing from the "Brightness" decal. Looks like some extra sanding is due now.
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Old 04-23-2017, 11:28 PM
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Some eagle eye notices that there is a "S" missing from the "Brightness" decal. Looks like some extra sanding is due now.
This is why I hate refinishing/painting, there's always some last minute goof that just ruins your day.

Looks good otherwise though!
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Old 04-24-2017, 12:05 AM
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This is why I hate refinishing/painting, there's always some last minute goof that just ruins your day.

Looks good otherwise though!
Thanks Eric. I take this stuff in stride. To take my mind off of that, I started to restore my GE 212 radio to go with my GE 810 TV.
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:32 AM
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Looking good Chris. You have the toning perfect as compared to my original set. Very nice work!
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:15 AM
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Your work is very nice. The quality shows though!
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:26 AM
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Thanks for the kind words guys.
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Old 04-24-2017, 04:07 PM
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Looks "Store Bought".. Most of mine look they've been at a dog fight///
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:37 AM
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I think I'm going to darken the top hatch just a little bit. What do you think?
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Old 04-26-2017, 05:50 PM
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I think I'm going to darken the top hatch just a little bit. What do you think?
It looks good as-is, but a very slight darkening wouldn't hurt it if you think it needs it.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:14 PM
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OK, here is where I am.

I wet sanded the cabinet using 600 wet/dry to level the surface.

I did darken the hatch ever so slightly with a very light coating, dusting? using my Mohawk Brown Mahogany toner.

Then yesterday I shot about 6 to 8 coats more of clear.

Today I'm wet sanding it again with 600 grit to again level the surface in preparation of the final clear coats. Maybe tomorrow.
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