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Old 15th Jan 2024, 7:20 pm   #1
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Default A quick touch up for an old wooden-cased meter

Just a quick tidy-up for a 1960s meter in a nice wooden case.
The meter was fine (99.8% accurate!) and clean, but the varnish on the case was flaking and made it look shabby.
I rubbed down with fine (000) wire wool soaked in meths (well-ventillated!) and got rid of all the flaking. A rub-over with teak oil restored the grain, and a quick polish finished the job.
Probably only 20 minutes, but the effects are rewarding.
-Jeremy
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Old 15th Jan 2024, 7:31 pm   #2
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Default Re: A quick touch up for an old wooden-cased meter

Looks right for its period, not too glossily new.

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Old 15th Jan 2024, 9:27 pm   #3
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I have always had probz with Varnish cracking and flaking.
That new finish is rather lovely. Well done.
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Old 15th Jan 2024, 10:22 pm   #4
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Default Re: A quick touch up for an old wooden-cased meter

Impressive. Sometimes the quick "rough-and-ready" jobs yield the most dramatic results and are most rewarding.
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Old 15th Jan 2024, 10:56 pm   #5
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Re-finishing wood is always a difficult job to get right. You look to have achieved perfection with that case, well done.

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Old 16th Jan 2024, 10:46 am   #6
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Default Re: A quick touch up for an old wooden-cased meter

I forgot to add that I treated a few deeper scratches with Topps scratch remover before applying oil. You can just see the pot of that wonderful stuff in the photo!
And the wire wool rub-down was not done on the bench. It leaves tiny filings everywhere and is best done outside or away from electronics!
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Old 16th Jan 2024, 3:52 pm   #7
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I have always preferred this method to a complete rub down and revarnish Jeremy. It is quicker, better for the original veneer and more honest. By carrying out this level of refinishing you are preserving the natural ageing and ensuring an easily maintained finish for years to come. It is great for me since I can carry out a quick durable refurb before passing an item on to the next owner.
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Excellent, thanks for the tip.
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Old 16th Jan 2024, 5:16 pm   #9
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Excellent job. 20 minutes well spent.
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