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Bakelite Top Tips

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:23 pm
by simon.holyfield
Anyone any good ideas on how to make 60 year old Bakelite shine like new?

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:49 pm
by nevhunter
Clean it really well and put some armourall on it. Nev

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:57 am
by simon.holyfield
Not sure we have Armourall here in the UK. What is it?

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:21 am
by brenton.roy
The white fluid you use on dashboards etc in cars.

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:21 am
by nevhunter
Don't put it on your bike seat or tyres, as it is as slippery as.... Nev

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:29 pm
by simon.holyfield
Next question. Anyone know of an epoxy filler, that will set rock hard, but which is black? There is a grey one here in the UK, loaded with aluminium, which I may use to replace a chunk broken out of my distributor cap.

I'll paint if I can't find a black filler.

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:41 am
by nevhunter
You don't want any metal in it. Fillers used on electrical high voltage applications have to be good insulators. Check the conductivity of anything you use first. You might have to make your own from epoxy and fibre (red) powder. You might get away with very finely powdered wood ( from a sander) and add a dye to get the colour you want. Nev

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:32 pm
by Silas.S
Bakelite polishes beautifully with Brasso, Autosol or similar. Use hard paste wax to finish or shoe polish works well if you haven't got anything better to hand. "FIM0" is excellent for Bakelite repairs. Craft shops sell it. It is a plastic modelling material that you set with moderate heat. Blending their colours will get you real close to Lucas. Non-conductive too. Silas.

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:51 pm
by robin.parker
"JB Weld" is a good Epoxy Filler/putty, it really sticks well and can be sanded&shaped, it's pretty well Black, and I don't think it contains any metallic particles--but, Simon, do check that, prior to your dizzy cap repair---I'm pondering how best to do that!
If your chosen epoxy product needs "stiffening-up" International Yacht products include a Filler Powder made from glass micro-bubbles which works well, it's a bit pricy but maybe you could scrounge a bit from a boat repairer (on the Broads?)
I'm sure you know that the big worry with repairs to Distributor caps is "Tracking" of HT.
Good luck.