(Topic ID: 261416)

Cleaning And Shining '70s Era Bally Cabinets?

By BallyTim

6 months ago

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    #1 6 months ago

    First concern is paint loss. Second concern moisture.

    Looking for best products and methods.


    #2 6 months ago

    Depends greatly on the current condition of the paint and wood. Flaking, sun damaged, water damaged cabs have to be addressed differently then a well preserved cabinet with solid bright paint and no planking of the wood.

    You want to clean it as little as possible and come to the desired results. Meaning start out with something less damp and less caustic. Figure out what your trying to remove. Is it just dirt? Is it soda, nicotine? Maybe just a clean microfiber cloth with light soap and water rang out is all that is needed.

    See what the results are. You may need to up the cleaner to a mean green/simple green diluted 20-1 or more. You may need to swap out the microfiber cloth for a magic eraser. All the while paying close attention to the rag or eraser for any signs of paint removal.

    For nicotine a lot of folks swear by Krud Kutter. Yet some folks use it lightly and immediately stop as a result of paint loss. Choosing an inconspicuous spot on the cab helps if at all worried.

    Hope this helps,

    #3 6 months ago

    There's a product called "Mean Green" that I have CAREFULLY used to remove gunk from nicotine stained cabinets, only product that I have found to remove nicotine stains. But you need to be careful and do not leave it on the cabinet for longer then 10 seconds, because then you can start removing paint.

    #4 6 months ago

    Thanks guys!

    #5 6 months ago

    I've used LA Awesome, $0.99.

    As mentioned, choose the test spot and keep checking the rag.

    #6 6 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    I've used LA Awesome, $0.99.
    As mentioned, choice the test spot and keep checking the rag.

    You can buy this at the dollar store.

    #7 6 months ago

    "Super Clean for nicotine".... been using it for years... it is a bit caustic so be careful... like previous posters' experience, if you're not getting the results with milder products, your cabinet paint is solid but there's built up grime/brown crud/nicotine, this product works great. I apply it with a green pad on a 2 x 2 foot section, wait 20 to 30 seconds, wipe with paper towel.

    Super Clean Degreaser in small/larger sizes is available at Walmart, Zoro, auto parts stores; a bunch of other places.

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