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Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by gmham » 16 Oct 2017, 15:58

Guys what do you use to clean up your old radios ? Got an old 148gtldx here that the front faceplate and controls require a good clean, tried servisol but not overall impressed. Appreciate nothing will get the new look but be great to at least get all the general muck etc off if anyone could give me any tips ?
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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by Mudslinger » 16 Oct 2017, 17:18

Clean the front and knobs in the sink with warm water washing up liquid and a soft nail brush.

That is how I do mine. Covers get done with Autoglym bumper care.
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Post by astradyne » 16 Oct 2017, 17:22

What Mudslinger said. A good soak in warm water with some washing up liquid will do the trick of softening up all the muck. Then you just need to get all the gunk out from the grooves in the control knobs taking care not to strip the orange indicator lines out in the process.
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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by The Collector » 16 Oct 2017, 17:26

A cheap toothbrush is handy for getting into knob grooves and also for getting the crud/spittle/snot etc out of microphone grilles.

As suggested, soak for an hour in fairy liquid infused very warm water for an hour before gently scrubbing the scum away ;)

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Post by gmham » 16 Oct 2017, 17:44

cheers guys that excellent some great advice there .
no mic came with the rig so luckily don't have to get rid off crud / spittle and snot that you talk about !!!!!!
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Post by The Collector » 16 Oct 2017, 19:08

I can always send you some in the post ;)

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Post by Mudslinger » 16 Oct 2017, 20:31

To get rid of cigarette/nicotine smells forget the above advice, you will need a flamethrower.
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Post by gmham » 16 Oct 2017, 20:51

The Collector wrote:I can always send you some in the post ;)
It's okay think there may well have been some traces off that on the faceplate itself !!
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Post by 108EH002 » 02 Jan 2018, 00:42

Non alcohol/fragrance free wipes to lift most of the grime n dirt,and some mr sheen on some cotton cloth/duster and cotton buds.
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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by superstar » 02 Jan 2018, 08:09

Use wife’s toothbrush to clean the years of greasy finger muck from the grooves of the control knobs
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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by Mudslinger » 02 Jan 2018, 19:28

superstar wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 08:09
Use wife’s toothbrush to clean the years of greasy finger muck from the grooves of the control knobs
I use my Mrs' Brush to clean the toilet.

Only when she has finished with it mind you...
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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by astradyne » 03 Jan 2018, 01:10

Cobra/Superstar knobs are worst for showing decades worth of cack I find. Snot, mud, dead skin, egg sandwiches, grease and general sh!tiness. It's the contrast between the bright shiny chrome and the filth and grime rammed deep into the grooves on the controls.

Some of it stinks to high hell too. As if someone's finger had gone through the loo roll while wiping after a particularly unfortunate bowel movement and then went straight back to the rig and egg sandwich without washing.
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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by The Collector » 04 Jan 2018, 20:31

You've bought one of Weety's old radios before too then?

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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by astradyne » 05 Jan 2018, 01:17

The Collector wrote:
04 Jan 2018, 20:31
You've bought one of Weety's old radios before too then?
In fact I did own one of his old radio's up until a couple of years back. It was a very nice ICOM 706 MK1. I let it go in PX for a Yeasu FT847 Earthstation. I regretted letting the 706 go though, and recently replaced it with a MK2-G.
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Re: Clean up old radio - advice ?

Post by cb4ever104 » 05 Jan 2018, 09:31

Yeap . Leave it all to soak in soapy water for an hour or so , then clean with a cloth . Saying that the face plate came off the last one I did :) And an old toothbrush to clean the knobs .

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