The finish on Bakelite is very thin and can be dissolved with alkali and ammoniated cleaners. It can also be rubbed away with polishing, so be careful to preserve the finish. Once the finish is gone, it cannot be restored to itīs original gloss.
First clean Bakelite with a non-alkaline, non-ammoniated dishwashing liquid or you can use a dilution of Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate.
You may be able to get rid of any deep scratches in Bakelite by polishing them out with brass cleaner. Clean off any residue of the brass cleaner with lighter fluid. Any residue wax can also come off the Bakelite with lighter fluid. Do not use alcohol!
After it is cleaned, polish the Bakelite with Magnolia Glayzit or Armor All. Always use an extra soft cloth to polish the item.
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