alan tani @ fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Repairing Bakerlite
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« on: June 02, 2021, 12:13:52 PM »

I acquired this Steelite reel and thinking to repair the two small chip in the bakelite.
I have zero experience working with the material.
Could I get some suggestions on the best approach?


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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2021, 01:44:47 PM »

Hi Micheal, bakerlight is made from saw dust & two pak epoxy, maybe the same colour wood filler & two pak, or two pak epoxy mixed with paint, good luck cheers Don.

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2021, 04:28:37 PM »

Didnít Sid do a repair with Bakelite dust and epoxy?  I tried looking for his thread but no luck.  Micheal, if someone can find it, a member used dust from Bakelite mixed with epoxy and built up the area and sanded the repair down.  You will have to find an area to harvest the dust that doesnít show or a reel with similar coloring.  Bill

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2021, 05:08:09 PM »

Henry (WompusCat on our site) ó

Does a great job on these Bakelite plate repairs.  Body shop guys who specialize in Mercedes ó know their stuff!

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2021, 05:23:33 PM »

 Fred nailed it. Henry is 2nd to none at repairing Bakelite and older Mercedes
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2021, 07:17:47 PM »

Thanks for the Kudos but Sid's Post is very informative and gives one good insight in the repair process here .

I have also been successful in many repairs as such and with this particular reel and it's Marbling I would suggest  FIRST and Foremost to use a Cleaner (oil Remover )  spray like Brake Kleen on the areas to be built up .
Then instead of trying to  Grind material to match the color  on this Marbeled finish I would build a mold of sort to go around the edge of the plate sticking above it slightly and  either use a Special Teflon Tape like 3M makes or aply a thin film of oil to where your mold (I have used spray paint lids cutout to fit around the edge and the epoxy won't stick to it ) fill will go so as not to adhere to it and it will remove when finished with a smooth surface as well. Just use a good quality  Quick Set CLEAR Epoxy and you will be surprised how it will blend in when finished.

 Now as Sid stated you need patience and time to slowly build the chips up and above the surface then comes the fun part of 5 or six grades of sanding to get a fine finish off with 2000-2500 grade (preferably wet dry 3M). Then polish with Heavy Rubbing Compound ,then finishing paste ,then a good Carnuba Wax
Just take your time and you  will get reel good at it .
Be sure to post some pix as you go along.

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