This is an RCA 25BP "Pick Me Up" portable Battery/AC/DC radio, chassis RC-1020. This radio accompanied the owner's father across most of Europe. It carries memories for the owner. I was asked to electronically restore the radio. I went further to bring a cleaner original look to the radio while maintaining its character.
The old standby Clorox Clean Up was an ineffective cleaner. Eventually I found Denatured Alcohol removed the accumulated soil. Brown shoe polish darkened the rubbed spots on the leatherette. I did not cover the whole radio with shoe polish, but only used it on the scuffed spots. Shoe polish may have a tendency to flake although, I have not experience such flaking. Perhaps since I clean and scrub leatherettes first the shoe polish does not flake. The leatherette cabinet was finished up with Kiwi Mink Oil leather softener.
The grill paint was rubbed off, chipped, a bit rusty and missing paint. Once removed and separated from the dial plastic it received a vigorous wire brushing and a shot of GM Gold auto paint. I found GM Gold automotive paint color closest matched RCA's gold color on other radio models. The color may be easily changed to represent different levels of newness, aging or patina.
The original model number sticker and tube location chart was scanned in on the computer. Color correction software (that came with MS Office) was used to eliminate any yellowing, moisture spots and to convert the picture to Black and White. MS Paint Brush was used to recreate the missing line art. Missing letters were "cut and pasted", recreating missing words. A yellow/brown lacquer toner was used to "Age" the paper and to seal in the Ink Jet ink. Finally, a bit of Elmer's Wood Glue secured the paper to the wood.
This radio could use three new knobs. Two are quite worn out and were glued by the original owner. I used a furniture scratch repair toning marker to restore some of the brown plastic color to the knobs. I will have to send Mike Koste, "Gobs of Knobs" Ambler, PA an email with a close up picture or two.
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