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Title: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: David68 on May 14, 2019, 10:10:33 AM
I've done a few, and it's always a bit of a mess. What products/processes do you use to re-glue a Wurlitzer nameplate?

I've removed the old glue, which is the worst part.
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: Student Rhodes on May 14, 2019, 03:12:56 PM
You may want to consider using very thin two-sided tape.  The quality stuff is very strong, and thin enough as to be unnoticeable.
Something like this...
https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-17123/Double-Sided-Tapes/Double-Sided-Film-Tape-1-4-x-60-yds?pricode=WB0222&gadtype=pla&id=S-17123&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2fit0Oqb4gIVhMBkCh1-DgphEAQYBSABEgJkjPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Best,
Ray
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: pianotuner steveo on May 23, 2019, 08:22:47 AM
Contact cement- clean up excess with mineral spirits. Mineral spirits will not craze or melt the plastic.
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: DocWurly on May 28, 2019, 11:13:21 AM
I tried Steve-o's suggestion and now it's what I do every time out!

Shoe Goo can work OK, but Contact Cement is the superior solution.
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: Electrickey on June 28, 2019, 11:37:00 AM
I would test an inconspicuous spot on the Wurli's vinyl to see if the cement will melt the finish before committing to a blitzkrieg glue-fest.

Today's cements may have things in it that does not agree with the vintage vinyl.

Keep in mind unless one knows the exact brand and batch mix used at the Wurli factory during the assembly days, even if you get the same brand and type, the formula may have changed since the 70's.

Vegetable oil might be safer to use to remove old goop.


Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: cinnanon on June 28, 2019, 11:44:15 AM
The original nameplates look to have used an adhesive tape
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: Electrickey on June 28, 2019, 11:52:39 AM
The original nameplates look to have used an adhesive tape

It would be worth knowing what they used then and what would be a modern version of that.

With the reissue plates, what is recommended to adhere these?
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: cinnanon on June 28, 2019, 04:39:17 PM
Whatever it was it didn’t last. I have yet to see an original faceplate that is still securely attached and not lifting somewhere. I use contact cement on new glues. Vintage vibes faceplates have 3M peel n stick type tape on the backs, Retrolinear’s must be glued.
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: Electrickey on June 29, 2019, 06:27:39 AM
How many decades did it last?

Compared to many things made today, that would be a lifetime.  :)

The plate on my 200A is still on there with no signs of backing off anywhere. :D
Title: Re: Best procedure for re-gluing nameplate on 200 series Wurlies?
Post by: pianotuner steveo on July 11, 2019, 06:31:01 AM
Contact cement is what we use to attach plastic keytops in all types of pianos. When applied correctly, allowing it to dry a bit before attaching the parts together, it will not fall off in normal use. The same goes for the logos.
Just remember, use mineral spirits, not acetone or other chemicals to remove excess.
Wurlitzer tops are ABS, not vinyl.