They may have used clear shellac.   I don't think there were many options.
In the jewelry industry, gold plate is often given a coat of clear lacquer
to retard signs of wear.  For parts that get touched a lot, I sometimes use
a coat of clear nail polish.  It flows and evens out nicely and is really


Ron L


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Thanks (again) Ron! I ended up using dish soap and a toothbrush to get most
of it removed, but I'll try the WD-40 method. My main concern was that the
arms that move with the tonearm didn't move easily at all, but I think the
hot water I was using melted away a good bit of the gunk that was making it
so stiff. After a thorough drying, I oiled all the moving parts with
3-in-one, then rubbed an oily paper towel over all of it to guard against
any kind of moisture left over.  


Anyone know about the factory varnish situation? I know it's probably a bit
involved, but what am I (considering) getting into, exactly?








On Jan 11, 2019, at 9:11 AM, Ron L'Herault via Phono-L
<> wrote:

You only need to remove old oil from the joints and hand crud from the
finish.   I'd use (have used) WD040 and a toothbrush to clean the mechanism
and spray cleaner like Fantastic to clean the gold.  Do not use polish.
Relubricate moving parts with light oil.  Put oil on the pad to avoid




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