alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Bakelite
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« on: March 10, 2012, 04:23:17 PM »

What is the best product for restoring the side plates on old reels Huh?
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012, 10:40:13 PM »

What do you mean by restoring?  It leaves a lot to interpretation.

I rub with excess CorrosionX and seems to make sideplates look almost new.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 11:23:01 PM »

Thanks Bryan for the reply back.

 I have purchased some old Penn's dating back to the 30's and 40's and the bakelite side plates are dull.  I am hoping to find a product that will restore the color to some degree and also preserve the material
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 02:07:51 AM »

Metal polish and a little elbow grease does a pretty good job at shining up side plates
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012, 07:58:28 AM »

I'd leave them like they are
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012, 06:27:19 PM »

I have a side plate on an older 114H with some initials etched in them. The initials are very faint and I missed them on my first pass. Do I dare try to take these initials off by buffing them or using some gentle type of abrasive like one of those new "Magic Erasers" Huh?? They are on the handle side and not near any of the raised Penn lettering.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2012, 06:59:34 PM »

High speed tool like a dremel, a buffing wheel and a little wax has worked for me in the past.
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2012, 07:25:42 PM »

Is the affect of this to fill in the scratches or does it actually wear away the upper layer slightly? I was thinking about using a buffer but wasn't sure how to approach and how.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2012, 08:12:36 AM »

I bought a orphaned 155 Beachmaster at a yard sale.  The metal parts were in good shape but the sideplates were beat up.  I soaked them in a lye bath (it's what I use to strip grease off cast iron skillets) and they came out with a nice matte finish.  Your mileage may vary.
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2012, 09:01:24 PM »

I use Gel Gloss. Takes off the oxidation and makes them look pretty nice.
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 09:30:23 AM »

I would probably try some fine Automotive rubbing compound. 
Shine em right up...... Without taking to much surface off....
Like a Jewelers polish...
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2012, 03:05:21 PM »

I "think" I have posted this before and has worked well for me. Take the sideplates off and strip of any hardware. Scrub them with Soft Scrub cleanser and a toothbrush under water to remove any dirt and oxidation. Let dry thoroughly (at least 24 hrs.) and soak with Armor All. You may want to let the first coat soak in overnight and repeat. Wipe off excess and reassemble. You now have a good looking reel that will also shed water and fight oxidation better.
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