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Author Topic: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls  (Read 643 times)

Online Ryan Stecken

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Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« on: Sep 04, 2017, 11:30:08 »
Hey guys!

I´m currently in the process of stuff I want to restore over winter and ran into a problem.
I want to strip and repaint my bar controls of my Yamaha RD.
But how do I go about the plastic push buttons and switches that are already slighlty faded?
Will polishing paste do the trick?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #1 on: Sep 04, 2017, 16:09:04 »
Check out yambits for replacements.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #2 on: Sep 05, 2017, 09:02:29 »
They look in pretty good shape.  They were not painted to begin with.  I wold just use some Armor all to brighten them up.
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #3 on: Sep 05, 2017, 09:08:24 »
I have special plans with them.
I will remove the stickers (which are ugly as F) and let a good friend engrave the letters dirctly into the cast aluminium.

Just checked ebay and yambits for switches...really expensive and/or not available.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #4 on: Sep 05, 2017, 14:26:41 »
They sell the knobs and decals separately Ryan.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #5 on: Sep 05, 2017, 15:46:08 »
Lighter, Quicker, Faster.
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #6 on: Sep 05, 2017, 23:12:23 »
You can also bring back colour into plastics by heating them with a heat gun. I've done this quite often on panels, but you might want to be a bit more careful if you try it on switches.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #7 on: Sep 05, 2017, 23:32:31 »
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I wold just use some Armoral to brighten them up.

Armoral might work Ok on the plastic, but don't use it anywhere near a surface that you later want to paint. Armoral contains silicon, and paint will never ever stick to any surface that has been touched by silicon.
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #8 on: Sep 06, 2017, 14:58:40 »
You can also bring back colour into plastics by heating them with a heat gun. I've done this quite often on panels, but you might want to be a bit more careful if you try it on switches.

I might try this, thanks for posting this.
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #9 on: Sep 07, 2017, 09:40:10 »
You can also bring back colour into plastics by heating them with a heat gun. I've done this quite often on panels, but you might want to be a bit more careful if you try it on switches.

Hey hillsy thanks for the tip!
that means just slighlty heating up the surface and then letting it cool down?